This basic stitch, from a Bernat pattern (you have to join to view and download the patterns, but it is free to join) I think is one of my favorite stitches for dishcloths. I have seen it called a Linen stitch, Woven stitch and Moss stitch. Wonderfully functional with a nice texture, fast and easy as pie. The pattern is fabulous just as it is.
I prefer to work in squares, it gives you an edge that is the same on all sides if you don’t want to do an edging and it naturally comes out square. So, I worked out how to do the stitch in squares.
They are very nice plain, with a longer loop in one of the corners for a hanging loop, but I decided to add an edging. I made these with 11 rounds, then the ruffle edging is 2 rounds, one in the stitch and then one of the ruffle. The ruffle is super easy, ch4, sc. Ch4, sc, over and over again. For a hanging loop, ch8 for the center loop of one of the corners instead of ch4
A sample size diagram of the in the round pattern, just add how many rounds you would like.
The only bit that is a little different and needs some explanation, is the start of each round. The ending is as usual, slpst to the top of the sc. Then I slip stitch into the corner ch3 space, and instead of doing a ch1 to get the height for the sc, I pull up the loop of the slpst a little so I have the proper height, and used that instead of the ch1. It made the start of the round less obvious without the extra thickness you get with the ch1. You can do it with the usual ch1 if you prefer.
I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Country Yellow, Country Red, Robins Egg and White, with a size E (3.5mm) hook. I love the colors, fun, vintage-y and festive! Maybe I will like washing up dishes more with pretty dishcloths (well, can’t make me like it worse, and maybe I will think crochet thoughts while doing them, which can only be good : )