Whether you are a beginner crocheter or have been crocheting for awhile, this question might have crossed your mind. What is the best yarn for Crochet Dishcloths? You may be thinking, ‘Does it really matter what yarn you use for a dish cloth?’ Yes! It really does.
Some yarns just aren’t meant to be used for a dishcloth (Hello, acrylic yarn) and won’t hold up very well. I’m going to be telling you exactly what to look for in a yarn for your next dishcloth crochet project!
Dishcloths are always a go-to project that are quick and easy to whip up. There are a bunch of different dishcloth crochet patterns on the internet and Pinterest that you can find. I have even included a link to a FREE pattern for a crochet dishcloth that you might enjoy!
Handmade dishcloths make for great gifts. Once you have the best type of yarn, you can whip up a few in no time!
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How to choose the Best Yarn for Crochet Dishcloths?
I think the most important detail about choosing the right yarn for a dishcloth is, what is the yarn made out of? What is the fiber content? Not all yarns will work for dishcloths. It has to be made out of a certain material that is absorbent and that is durable.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your yarn.
You have to choose a yarn that holds up well to being used and abused on a daily basis. If you think about all the things you use a dishcloth for like washing dishes, scrubbing pots and pans or if you use them like a wash cloth and use them on your face, they take a lot of beating day to day. So, having a durable yarn that stands up to daily use is very important. You also want to check the yarn label to see if it is machine washable.
2. Fiber Content
So, maybe this should have been #1 on the list because it may just be the most important detail of all when choosing the best yarn for a crochet dishcloth.
Hands down, Cotton Yarn is the best choice. It’s best if the yarn blend is 100% cotton and not a cotton blend yarn.
Here’s a fun fact. Did you know that Cotton is the most widely produced natural fiber on the planet? I didn’t know that until know.
But, back to yarn. You may be wondering why you can’t use maybe an acrylic yarn? You probably have lots of that on hand. Well, acrylic yarn doesn’t absorb moisture. Water basically just beads off it it.
Acrylic is the most water resistant but, polyester and nylon also resist water and aren’t a good choice for crocheted dishcloths.
If you do use a cotton blend yarn (a yarn that is cotton and another fiber), the best option is to make sure that there is more cotton than other fiber like a 80/20 or 70/30 blend.
What about Scrubby Yarn? This is a great option if you are going to be using the dishcloth for scrubbing pots and pans. There are a variety of scrubby yarn that is a little bit rougher than just the plain blend of cotton, but still gentle enough that you don’t have to worry about the possibility of scratching your pots and pans.
These are some dish scrubbies that I made using a scrubby and cotton yarn. Find the free crochet pattern HERE.
3. Yarn Stiffness
Normally when you are choosing a yarn for a project, you are searching for the one that is the has the softest feel. But, not when is comes to looking for yarn for crochet washcloth patterns. This is a time that you will actually be needing to pick out a little bit stiffer of a yarn.
Stiffer yarns are easier to work with and hold up better from everyday use that softer yarns. I mean, don’t get me wrong, you definitely don’t want a yarn that is too rough, just a little bit stiffer than most regular acrylic yarn.
Some of my Favorite Yarns for Crochet Dishcloths
All of my favorite yarns for dishcloths are worsted weight cotton. It’s what I always use when making dishcloths.
Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is an excellent choice for cotton dishcloths! They have and array of solid colors, but not multi color options, at least yet.
Shop for Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn HERE
Dishie from We Crochet is another great option. They have a wide variety of colors and they even have multi colors and twist color options. Plus, it’s very affordable and if you grab a value pack you can save a little bit too!
Shop for Dishie Cotton Yarn HERE
I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby. This is probably the softest kind of cotton yarn out of all that I’ve mentioned, but it still holds up very well.
Shop for I Love This Cotton Yarn HERE
Crafter’s Secret is another recommended yarn for your next dishcloth project. This is also another yarn that is available only at Hobby Lobby
Shop for Crafter’s Secret Yarn HERE
Once you have selected a great yarn to make your dishcloths with, you can choose from an array of different colors! That’s part of the fun, choosing your colors to make a lovely dishcloth with! The only other thing that you will need to make a dishcloth is a crochet hook and some basic crochet knowledge.
I love all these multi color options of Dishie from We Crochet.
Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
I love this pattern! It uses a combination of basic stitches like single crochet and double crochet stitches.
My Simple Ribbed Wash cloth is super easy to crochet and has so much texture!
Find the Pattern HERE