Crochet the Hestia Dishcloth: A Sustainable Choice

Last year marked the beginning of my journey into crafting a crochet washcloth that I now use each day, morning and evening, paired perfectly with Aleppo soap.

Sustainable Alternative

The pursuit of a more eco-friendly kitchen led me to design a larger, more textured cloth. Standard kitchen sponges, commonly made of non-biodegradable materials like nylon or polyester, contribute to long-term waste and possess a significant carbon footprint. Their inevitable destination? Landfills, where they persist for centuries. Even the seemingly harmless paper towels add up in landfills, being non-reusable and non-recyclable.

The goal was clear: develop a sustainable, effective alternative to these kitchen cleaning tools.

The Perfect Crochet Stitch

Upon exploring various crochet patterns, I discovered an impeccable stitch for this project. This particular stitch, mimicking the look of a bobble stitch, offers ample texture without the added complexity. The simple alternation between single crochet and treble crochet stitches makes this pattern accessible even for crochet beginners.

Cotton for Crochet

For these practical cloths, I opted for 100% cotton yarn. Cotton not only efficiently absorbs fluids but also avoids excessive water retention, unlike wool. It maintains its form even in water and stands as a biodegradable material, aligning with the project’s eco-conscious ethos.

As a nod to ancient traditions, let’s acknowledge Hestia, the virgin goddess of the hearth, symbolizing the right ordering of domesticity, family, home, and state in Ancient Greek religion.

Free Crochet Pattern

Find the detailed pattern at the end of this blog.

Join the movement towards sustainability. Let’s make eco-friendly choices and crochet our way to greener kitchens!

The Hestia Dishcloth Pattern

Skill leveleasy
Materials needed– Cotton yarn
– Crochet hook
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
Yarn usedDurable double four
Crochet hook5 mm hook Clover amour

Crochet terms US

chchain
scsingle crochet (UK double crochet)
trtreble crochet (UK double treble crochet)
slstslip stitch
ststitch

Row 1Ch30, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, ch1 turn (29)
Row 2Sc in 1st st, 1 tr in next st, sc in next st Rep** till end, ch1, turn
Rows 3-5Sc across, ch1, turn
Rows 6-27Rep row 2-5
Row 28Sc across till last st, 3 sc in last st. Do not turn
BorderRotate 90 degrees and sc around with 3sc in ea corner. Do not join but work another round of sc, don’t forget 3sc in ea corner. Slst in 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Congratulations!

You’ve just made an adorable dishcloth! This cloth is reusable and compostable and a great alternative for plastic or nylon sponges or cloths and paper towels! Please follow me on Instagram and share a photo of your work using #hestiadishcloth and #knotsosquare That would make me very happy!

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