Washing up is such a chore, unless you have a cheerful watermelon dishcloth to help you out. You can make this dishcloth pattern with regular cotton yarn (like Lily Sugar n cream), but it will clean even more effectively with a textured yarn like Red Heart Scrubby.
Designed specifically for cleaning, this nobbly textured yarn comes in two styles. Traditional Scrubby made from polyester, which is great for heavy duty cleaning without scratching, and the new Scrubby Cotton, made from 100% cotton.
Scrubby cotton softens when wet making it suitable for both cleaning cloths, and washcloths for use on the body. It’s also more absorbent, so great for wiping up spills.
The original scrubby has a harsher scratchier texture, perfect for scrubbing off baked on grime. I’ve combined both in my Watermelon Dishcloth Pattern so you can have the best of both worlds when washing up. The softer cotton in the center will tackle most jobs and be gentle on your fine china and glassware, but you can use the scrubby ‘power edge’ to tackle the hard bits.
With 100g of yarn to each ball, you’ll have enough yarn to make dozens of cleaning cloths. They make great housewarming gifts, so grab your hook and start crocheting.
Make a Crochet Watermelon Dishcloth
With summer on it’s way I thought it would be fun to make a fruit themed dishcloth pattern, rather than the boring old square variety. I prefer using dishcloths rather than sponges because you can throw them straight in the washing machine when your done, making them a much more hygienic alternative. They also last a really long time, which is great environmentally.
I didn’t really have a specific design in mind until I saw the gorgeous Coral colour of the new Scrubby Cotton yarn. It’s the perfect ‘watermelon red’, so the idea took life after that.
Finished size: 15cm/6″ diam.
You will need:
- Red Heart Scrubby Cotton in Coral (colour 1)
- Red Heart Scrubby Cotton in Loofa (colour 2)
- Red Heart Scrubby in Lime (colour 3)
- 5.5mm crochet hook
- Stitch marker or Scrap yarn for stitch marker
- Black cotton yarn
- Tapestry needle
- ch – chain
- sc – Single crochet (US) = dc Double crochet (UK) – instructional video here skip to 1:32
- sl – Slip stitch
Dishcloth Pattern Instructions:
Pattern is worked as one piece in the round so there is no joining or turning. Work in a spiral and use a stitch marker to help keep your place.
COLOUR 1 (red) – Ch 4, sl to join and make a ring.
Round 1: 6 sc into center ring (6)
Round 2: 2sc into each stitch (12)
Round 3: *2sc into next stitch, 1 sc,*, repeat ** till round complete (18)
Round 4: *1 sc, 2sc into next stitch, 1 sc,*, repeat ** till round complete (24)
Round 5: *2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next 3*, repeat ** till round complete (30)
Round 6: *1sc in next 2, 2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next 2*, repeat ** till round complete (36)
Round 7: *2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next 5*, repeat ** till round complete (42)
Round 8: *1sc in next 3, 2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next 3*, repeat ** till round complete (48)
Round 9: 1sc in next 10, 2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next 26, 2sc in next stitch, sc till round complete (50)
Round 10: 2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next 24, 2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next 24 (52)
Change to COLOUR 2 (white)
Round 11: sc all loosely (52)
Change to COLOUR 3 (green)
Round 12 & 13: sc all stitches loosely, sl to finish, weave in ends. (52)
Add seed embellishment as described below.
After Round 3: This yarn really accentuates increases. You’ll notice that that where I’ve added the increase stitches gives quite pronounced corners. I’ve avoided adding increases in the same spots to prevent a hexagon shape. The increases in the following rounds are staggered.
After Round 3: Taking on more of a circular shape by staggering where the increases sit in the round. You’ll also notice how I use a piece of scrap yarn as a stitch marker.
Due to the textured nature of the yarn it’s quite difficult to see where the stitches actually are. It’s very easy to miss a stitch or add a few extra ones. Don’t worry if this happens (it happened to me), because it won’t really show up in the finished piece. Just do your best.
After Round 10: I have a fairly circular shape, although it has 7 corners, don’t really know why that happened. The main objective is to keep the work flat, so feel free to add or reduce the amount of stitches if required. Depending on your crochet tension you may need to adjust slightly.
After Round 11: There are no increases in this round. I’ve controlled cupping by loosening my tension which elongates the stitch and gives the yarn enough length to go around without pulling. This can also be achieved by increasing your hook size.
Round 12 & 13: Just like the previous round, there are no increases.
Finishing off – Adding Seeds
You can use any scrap of black or dark brown cotton yarn (or even embroidery floss) to stitch the seeds.
For each seed, make a few stitches and secure with a back stitch. I’ve added 6 seeds in total.
Now you’re all done! Time to clean up.
You can purchase Red Heart Scrubby Yarn yarn from www.americanyarns.com.au