Rivers Edge Crochet Dishcloth Pattern and Matching Hand Towel

The River’s Edge dishcloth is a super easy crochet dishcloth pattern perfect for sharing your crochet skills with friends and family.

Why not crochet a few dishcloths and a hand towel from the free patterns below, add a wonderful smelling hand soap or environmental friendly dish detergent and wrap it all up in a gift basket. This will make a really impressive house warming or holiday gift.

Neutral yarn colors (or home decor specific) will be such a pleasure for the recipient to incorporate into their home.

I love to draw design inspiration from nature or “mama” necessity.

In the little corner of paradise where I grew up in Vermont and still live now, the local river banks are all composed of gravel.

As I take my children to explore along the river’s edge, there is so much variety in the stones and color size for them to enjoy. (And the piles of rocky treasure they want to bring home is always amazing!!! Where do they think we can keep all of these discoveries?)

During one of these adventures, I envisioned the initial designs for the River’s Edge pattern set and the Creek Pebbles pattern set.

I hope when you make a set of these cloths for yourself or family and friends you might find yourself transported to a beautiful afternoon exploring in nature, too. Enjoy!

The free pattern is provided below including the size, materials, and notes. An ad-free PDF version of the River’s Edge Crochet Dishcloth Pattern is also available for you to purchase, download, and print out.

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Pattern information below!

Free River's Edge Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

Size:

9 x 9 in (22.8 x 22.8 cm), [10 ¾ x 10 3/4 in ( 27.3 x 27.3 cm), 12 x 12 in (30.4 x 30.4 cm)]

Materials:

♥ Approximately 100 [125, 150] yards worsted weight cotton yarn (Any worsted weight cotton yarn can be used.)

♥ Crochet hook: Size H/8 (5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

♥ Tapestry needle

Gauge:

In half double crochet, 13 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches

Skill Level: Easy

Pattern Notes

Cotton yarn is recommended for this pattern for best water absorption.

Experiment with different yarn styles for various effects — smooth and bumpy textured organic cotton yarn used in pictures of dishcloths and hand towel.

The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.

Special Stitches

Alternating Half Double Crochet:

Basic half double crochet stitch, alternating in front and back loop: *1 half double crochet in back loop only of the stitch followed by 1 half double crochet in front loop only of next stitch, repeat from * for desired length.

(Altered) Bean Stitch / Puff Stitch:

Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull through, *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull through, repeat from * 1 more time, yarn over, pull through 6 loops on hook, chain 1 (to lock stitch). Skip 1 stitch immediately following bean stitch. This will equal two stitches in pattern.

 

Directions for the River’s Edge Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

Chain 31 [36, 41], turn.

Row 1:

Working in one loop only of foundation chain, slip stitch in second chain from hook and each stitch of foundation chain to end of row, turn. (30 [35, 40] stitches total.)

Row 2:

Chain 1, half double crochet in each stitch, turn.

Easy Dishcloth and Hand Towel Pattern Set

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Rows 3 – 19 [23, 27]:

Chain 1, alternating half double crochet (beginning with back loop) in first 6 stitches, 1 (altered) bean stitch in next stitch, half double crochet in next 14 [19, 24] stitches, 1 (altered) bean stitch in next stitch, alternating half double crochet (beginning with back loop) in last 6 stitches, turn. See Special Stitches section of pattern for (Altered) Bean Stitch and Alternating Half Double Crochet stitch directions.

Row 20 [24, 28]:

Chain 1, half double crochet in each stitch, turn.

Row 21 [25, 29]:

Chain 1, working in front loop only, slip stitch to end of row.

Fasten off.

Finishing:

Weave in loose ends.

Lightly block to shape if desired.

Free Cotton Dish Towel Crochet Project

Matching River’s Edge Hand Towel

Size:

18 ½ x 13 ½ in ( 47 x 34.3 cm)

Materials:

Approximately 250 yards worsted weight cotton yarn (Organic cotton with a bumpy texture used in pictures, but any worsted weight cotton yarn can be used.)

Crochet hook: Size H/8 (5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

Gauge:

In half double crochet, 13 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches

Skill Level: Easy

Pattern Notes

Cotton yarn is recommended for this pattern for best water absorption.

Experiment with different yarn styles for various effects — smooth and bumpy textured organic cotton yarn used in pictures of dishcloths and hand towel.

The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.

Special Stitches

(Altered) Bean Stitch / Puff Stitch:

Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull through, *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull through, repeat from * 1 more time, yarn over, pull through 6 loops on hook, chain 1 (to lock stitch). Skip 1 stitch immediately following bean stitch. This will equal two stitches in pattern.

Alternating Half Double Crochet:

Basic half double crochet stitch, alternating in front and back loop: *1 half double crochet in back loop only of the stitch followed by 1 half double crochet in front loop only of next stitch, repeat from * for desired length.

Directions for the River’s Edge Crochet Hand Towel

Chain 46, turn.

Row 1:

Working in one loop only of foundation chain, slip stitch in second chain from hook and each stitch of foundation chain to end of row, turn. (45 stitches total.)

Row 2:

Chain 1, half double crochet in each stitch, turn.

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Rows 3 – 41:

Chain 1, alternating half double crochet (beginning with back loop) in first 8 stitches, 1 (altered) bean stitch in next stitch, half double crochet in next 25 stitches, 1 (altered) bean stitch in next stitch, alternating half double crochet (beginning with back loop) in last 8 stitches, turn. See Special Stitches section of pattern for (Altered) Bean Stitch and Alternating Half Double Crochet stitch directions.

Row 42:

Chain 1, half double crochet in each stitch, turn.

Row 43:

Chain 1, working in front loop only, slip stitch to end of row.

Fasten off.

Finishing:

Weave in loose ends.

Lightly block to shape if desired.

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