How to Crochet a Skull and Crossbones Dishcloth  

Crochet a Skull and Crossbones Dishcloth

Crocheted Skull Dishcloth - Free crochet pattern

Because even pirates and rock stars need to do the dishes, I've created the coolest dishcloth known to man.  That's right! A crocheted dishcloth that's reversible with a skull and crossbones on it. Now who DOESN'T want that in their kitchen! Crazy people, that's who.

This dishcloth is very easy to make and a great project for beginners as it uses very basic crochet stitches that are easy to master. For the tougher points, like making the teeth (simply an elongated double crochet) and the edging, there are photos and a video to help you along. Or you can keep scrolling down the page to watch it here.

I also have made this pattern available for download here - Download the Skull and Crossbones pattern

Get the PDF version of the pattern from my website. A PDF file will work on any device (iPad, tablet, smartphone, computer, etc,) however you will need Adobe Reader to open and view the file. This is a free program which can be downloaded here:http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Things you need:

Size 4.25 crochet hook (Size doesn't really matter but if you use a larger hook, the dishcloth will be larger, and with a smaller hook, it will be smaller)

50 gr (1 3/4 oz) ball of cotton yarn (you'll have leftovers).

Ch 34

Dc in 3rd ch from hook and remaining 32 ch. Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc of next row), turn. (33 sts)

Row 2: Dc in each dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: 7 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 13 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 8 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 4: 9 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 11 dc, ch 1 skip next st, 10 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 5: 10 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 9 dc, ch 1 skip next st, 11 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 6: 11 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 7 dc, ch 1 skip next st, 12 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 7: 11 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 7 dc in each dc (scroll down the page to see photos to help you along) st below, ch 1 skip next st, 12 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 8: 9 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 11 dc, ch 1 skip next st, 10 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 9: 8 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 6 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 6 dc, ch 1 skip next st, 9 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 10-11: 8 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 13 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 9 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 12: 8 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 3 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 3 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 3 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 9 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 13: 7 dc, ch 1, skip next stitch, 1 dc, ch 1, skip next stitch, 11 dc, ch 1, skip next stitch, 1 dc, ch 1, skip next stitch, 8 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 14: 6 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 3 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 9 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 3 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 7 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 15: 5 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 5 dc, *ch 1, skip next st, dc* (repeat from * to * 4 times more) 4 dc, ch 1, skip next st, 6 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 16: 3 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 21 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 4 dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 17: Dc in each dc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 18: Dc in each dc. Ch 1.

Edging:

With right side facing, Bsc (backwards single crochet) around edge. Bsc between every 2nd dc along the top and bottom edges and around each dc and ch 2 post along the sides. Not sure how to do a backwards single crochet? Watch my how-to video on YouTube here: Crochet Edging for Dishcloths.

Hints and tips:

Use any cotton yarn that you like. Cotton only! Acrylic doesn't work well for dish washing, and wool will felt and look pretty disgusting after a while. Also, I've written the pattern to use less than one ball of the most common cotton yarns available in big box stores (one starts with a “W”). These make great gifts that are extremely affordable to make.

When skipping a stitch you may be making a dc in either a ch or a dc. St is used regardless to make the pattern easier to read.

Hold the starting yarn end behind the your work when making the edging. That way you only have the final end to sew in when done.

You can make the edging in a different colour for a bit of extra pizzazz. I don't because I strongly dislike sewing in ends. An extra colour means extra work :-(

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Abbreviations:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

Bsc – backwards single crochet

dc in dc below -

Instead of passing the hook through the top of the stitch, pass the hook through the bottom.

Hook the yarn and pull it through the hole. Pull the yarn up and level with the previous stitches.

Hook your yarn and pull through the first two loops.

Hook the yarn and pull through the last two loops.