Sunday, March 18, 2012

Boutonniere Dishcloth or Dish Mop

This dishcloth would be a good stash buster of thread odds and ends or a color which you don't really like. I have several balls of Aunt Lydia's #10 in "Mexicana" which makes a cheerful dishcloth. The finished item is 4  inches (10 cm)  in diameter.

Ch 10, join to form ring.
Round 1: Chain 4, dc, ch 1 in ring 23 times (24 spokes) join to top of ch 4.
Rounds 2-6: slip st in next space, chain 4, dc in same sp, then dc, ch1, dc, ch1 in each space around. Join to chain 4. You are doubling the amount of stitches on each round.
Round 7: slip st in next space, chain 4, dc, ch 1 in each space around. (No more doubling.)
Round 8 : sc around. fasten off.
Handle or ring for hanging. This was an after thought: I attached the thread to one side of the center ring, made a chain about 4 inches and attached to the opposite side then worked sc back across and finished securely.
One could make more or less of the increase rows and do row 7 more than once. Instead of a final row of single crochet one could make small simple shells. Or omit the last row. It’s hard to mess this up. Just keep going until it’s what you want. Wash dishes with it! It’s not for show, it’s a handy tool.
There is a pattern very similar to what I made here:
I’ve also seen this called the carnation dish cloth, especially when worked in red and white or pinks.


  1. Thanks for this. I have 2 balls of thread in a color I won't use for anything else and this will be perfect!

    1. Thank you for visiting. Enjoy using your dish mop!

  2. I'm a beginer crocheteer. I had seen a pattern but couldn't undersrand it. Your directions are so much clearer! I'm making a couple with some leftover yarn. Thank you for posting!

  3. Lorena, Thank you for visiting. Please remember that this pattern is made with size 10 crochet thread and a size 5 hook. Making it with larger yarn could grow to big for your needs. Just something to think about.