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My Star Dishcloth

Posted on August 22, 2008

For all you dishcloth lovers out there, here is my free star dishcloth pattern that I created. It is crocheted with 5 points and uses a granny square stitch. The center can be crafted with recycled plastic bags or plarn which creates a center scrubbie.
My Star Scubbie

Here is the option to crochet the dishcloth using just cotton. I crocheted this pastel dishcloth using several different colors of scraps that I had in my stash of yarn.
My Star Dishcloth

Here is my brown star dishcloth also crocheted from scrap cotton leftovers.
Brown Star Dishcloth

So whether you want a dishcloth with a recycled center scrubber or just a dishcloth,
try out my star dishcloth pattern

My Free Star Dishcloth Pattern

Dishcloth measures: 11 inches at widest point
Hook: Metal H (5 mm) US sized hook

Sugar & Cream Cotton scraps (used about 2- 2 1/2 ozs)
Small amount of plastic bag plarn for scrubbie center variation

With center color, Ch 5, Sl St to form ring.

Rnd 1
Ch 2, (counts as 1 Hdc) in ring work 2 Hdc, Ch 1.
*3 Hdc in ring, Ch 1.* Repeat 4 times. Sl St to top of Ch 2.
(5 corners)

Rnd 2
Sl st over to corner space, Ch 2, 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the same ch 1 corner space.
*Sk next 3 Hdc (shell), 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the next Ch 1 corner space.*
Repeat between *. Sl St to top of the beginning Ch 2. FO.

Rnd 3
Attach new cotton color in any corner space. Ch 2 (counts as 1 Hdc) 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the corner space.
*Sk 3 Hdc, make 3 Hdc in between shells. In next corner point work 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc all in corner sp.*
Repeat between * around motif, join with a Sl St to top of Ch 2.

Rnd 4 – 8
Continue in established pattern with cotton yarn. Work 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc in ea Ch 1 corner point and 3 Hdc between each shell.
(Change colors as desired to use up scraps of cotton.)

Rnd 9
Continue in established pattern but skip center shell in middle of each side (work 3 Hdc in 3 spaces between shells, skip one sp then 3 Hdc in the 3 remaining spaces of each side.) Work corner points in pattern established. Repeat for each side. Join with Sl St to top of Ch 2.

Rnd 10
Continue in established pattern of 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc in ea Ch 1 corner point and 3 Hdc between each shell except in skipped space of prior rnd, work Sl St in the skipped space, continue in pattern. End with Sl St to top of Ch 2. FO.

Rnd 11 (Edging)
Attach contrasting cotton yarn for edging in any Ch 1 point space. Work 3 Sc in ea point space and 1 Sc in ea st around evenly.

Join with a Sl St to beg Sc st. FO. Flatten and form dishcloth by stretching the points out to allow the dishcloth to lay down flat.

Variation for Plastic Scrubbie Center:
Use plastic bag yarn or plarn for rnds 1-2 or 3 as desired. Then use cotton for remaining rounds.

Reminder: Hand wash or machine wash gentle the plarn scrubbie dishcloth. DO NOT dry in a machine dryer. Only hang to dry as the plastic will melt in your dryer.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Beg – Beginning
Ch – Chain
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
Sp – Space
St – Stitch
Sk – Skip

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use of this pattern are permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2008

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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30 Responses to “My Star Dishcloth”

  1. SewIknit2
    Aug 23, 2008

    now THAT is one tempting dish cloth pattern!!

  2. meghnak
    Aug 23, 2008

    Hi Cindy,
    Lovely…….mom liked it so much she got onto work at it immediately 😛

  3. Kat
    Aug 24, 2008

    I am so happy to have found your site! I love what you do, and why you do it.
    I would love to link to your site if I may?

    Thanks, you are an inspiration,

  4. Cindy
    Aug 24, 2008

    Glad to meet and I always welcome link backs. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Emma (mrsflibble)
    Aug 25, 2008

    thanks so much for this pattern, it rocks so much I’ve passed it along to my recycling friends at

  6. joaniei
    Aug 26, 2008

    This is the nicest dishcloth pattern I’ve seen. Gorgeous looking!

  7. Missy
    Aug 28, 2008

    Hi, Cindy:

    Love it. You come up with the most clever ideas for DIY craft. Looks cute, too.

    P.S. Can you do me a favor and vote for me on this contest. All you have to do is vote for #7, on the post. (pretty please) Appreciate it. Let me know.


  8. SewDelish
    Aug 29, 2008

    This is lovely Cindy.

    I think I would want to put some fabric stiffener on it to make into a Christmas decoration!

    Thanks for sharing the pattern

  9. Gladys
    Sep 04, 2008

    I love that pattern – so pretty and different. And using the plastic bags in the center to make it a scrubbie – that’s brilliant!

  10. Christy
    Oct 27, 2008


    I was so excited when I found your site! I’m working on my first “large ball of plarn” and can’t wait to get started.

    My question is this, though… I was hoping to make some dishcloths out of some of my stash, but most of it is acrylic or blends. Has anyone made acrylic cloths? And how did they hold up?

    TIA for your reply and keep up the wonderful work!!

  11. Cindy
    Oct 28, 2008

    Glad you found me too! Making dishcloths using cotton is the best as it breathes and dries out better. The acrylic just kinda gets all soggy and stretches. Try and use cotton or a high cotton blend. I hope you try a plarn project too. They are lots of fun and the materials are free.

    Take care,

  12. Shar
    Dec 26, 2008

    I love this pattern! Have you ever tried going bigger for an afghan?

  13. Cindy
    Dec 26, 2008

    Thanks! This pattern is not designed for going bigger. I am working a Star afghan right now and they are tricky to get them to lay down flat. Check Yarn-diva blogspot or the Chromium star pattern here. Good luck.

  14. Shar
    Dec 27, 2008

    I have done a star ghan before, Beth’s little star, but I just was wondering because I had never seen a granny star, and I likey!

  15. Carrie Lynn
    Jun 10, 2009

    This is the cutest pattern! I stumbled my way on here earlier today and started making one immediately. I used Cotton Tots and it’s the softest and sweetest thing. Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!!

  16. Cathy
    Sep 20, 2009

    can’t seem to copy your patterns what am I doing wrong. your ideas are so great love the scrubber and dishcloth

  17. Cindy
    Sep 20, 2009

    I’m not sure what you are seeing but if you click on the green “more” button you should see the complete pattern. I just sent you an email and will forward the patterns to you so you can have them via an email.

  18. Virginia Nufer
    Nov 16, 2009

    Here’s another idea for the plarn scrubbie section. Try carefully cutting those net bags that fruit comes in into plarn and crocheting that into the middle.

  19. Cindy
    Nov 16, 2009

    I have this pattern project for a scrubbie made from recycled lettuce/produce netting. They are really handy for making little scrubbies and would be a great idea for the centers.

  20. Brady
    Nov 18, 2009

    This is a great pattern! I’m always looking for a clean corner, and this has an extra! I’m making piles of these for xmas gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Grace
    Jul 09, 2011

    This is one awesome dishcloth! Whipped up 3 in one day and I plan on doing many more for Christmas gifts! I so appreciate you posting several versions of this pattern! I’ll try several of these!


  22. April
    Dec 31, 2011

    I’m using an I hook and peaches n creme yarn, and have had a fun time with this. so keep going. wish i could find one dishcloth done in granny stripes.

  23. Beverooni
    Jul 27, 2012

    Love it! Thanks!

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  25. Mary
    Dec 06, 2014

    This is the answer to my dreams! How many times you need to scrub and wipe! Thank you and the best in the New Year!
    Found you on allfreecrochet newsletter.

  26. Cindy
    Dec 06, 2014

    Mary – So glad you found this pattern and I hope you enjoy crocheting the dishcloth with the center scrubby. They are really handy and quick to make.

  27. Glenna
    Dec 11, 2014

    Thank-you Cindy for your pattern! Hope this link works so you can see how I was able to use it.



  28. Cindy
    Jan 03, 2015

    @Glenna — I couldn’t get the link to work but am so happy to hear you enjoyed the pattern. Best wishes and Happy New Year!

  29. Sasha
    Oct 16, 2015

    We are making and selling washcloths to raise money for a community program. Coukd we use your pattern? Or would you consider it commercial use?

  30. Cindy
    Oct 21, 2015

    Sasha – It is fine for your group to use my pattern for your fundraising. If you do print any material concerning the pattern, please just provide a copyright to Thanks for asking and best wishes to your community program.


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