In all of the years that I have been crocheting I never before felt the urge to crochet washcloths or dishcloths. It’s not that I was opposed to it; I just never really thought about it too much and always had other projects on the brain. However, in getting back to crochet after a bit of a hiatus I found dishcloths calling my name. I started to work on a bunch of them and have really been getting a lot out of them.
Benefits of Crocheting Washcloths
So far what I’ve loved about these simple crochet projects includes:
- Instant Gratification. Life has been full of ups and downs lately and I needed some easy “wins” under my belt. A simple crochet project that can be completed in a sitting is a great way to bring your life the feeling that you’ve accomplished something even in the midst of a little bit of chaos and the long trudge towards bigger goals.
- Meditative Crochet. When I first started crocheting these dishcloths I just worked rows and rows of really basic stitches. The first ones were just half double crochet. Later I did some textured crochet dishcloths by alternating single and double crochets across a row. Such repetition offers all of the benefits of mindfulness crochet.
- Stashbusting. I almost never crochet with cotton. Cotton is perfect for dishcloths. I have lots of crochet cotton in my stash and therefore these projects are allowing me to further declutter and stashbust. That feels great.
- Endless Possibilities. Although I’ve been working mostly on these simple stitches, I’m also getting excited about the many possibilities there are for crocheting more interesting dishcloths, practicing new stitch patterns and even exploring different ways to display the work once I’ve got a whole stack of them.
Ideas for Displaying Crochet Washcloths
I did an article recently for Crochet Today showing beautiful crochet potholder displays. In one of those displays there was a set of potholders just stacked beautifully with some color-matching items in the kitchen. That got me thinking that there are probably some cute ways to display crochet washcloths and dishcloths too. Here’s what I’ve found for inspiration:
Best Free Crochet shared how a display of crochet dishcloths hanging from clotheslines.
I like the idea of stacking them by color like Etsy’s HandmadeByAnnabelle; you could add a paperweight or other decorative object on top.
I love this display that @lionbrandyarn uses for their free crochet cloth patterns; would work great in many homes.
Etsy’s NicoleMichael puts crochet scrubbies in a matching crochet basket; washcloths could be stored the same way.
Kaboodle shows a display of dishcloths on a wooden bowl.
Etsy’s SisterOnions does a great job of pairing like-colored crochet cloths together and bringing out the color with a similar-hued kitschy object.
Beautiful crochet cloth display via Make Me Do
Do you crochet dishcloths? Do you display them?