I like a tidy house, my siblings & I were raised in a very clean house by a mom who was kind of an obsessive cleaner.  I don’t think anyone LOVES to clean, I sure don’t, but you get a sort of satisfying feeling once your done and things are a bit fresher & the toilets aren’t rude.

You soon forget the hot sweaty scrubbing, cobwebby hairballs & crusty messes you cleaned up. In our house we normally tidy up all through the week, so there isn’t so much of a MAJOR all-in-one cleaning day (like when I was a kid). Our house gets messy, but a quick shuffle of stuff to its proper home, and we’re good to go! 

Like I said my mom is a cleaner, although she has settled down over the years, she still loves a good cleaning cloth and of all the amazing colors & styles of dishcloths I could make my mom, she prefers this simple go to washboard rag and as always, wants it worked up in stain hiding colors (lets face it handmade dishcloths never look as good after the 1st wash..let alone the 100th!)

♡ A vintage washboard look gives these dishcloths a classic utilitarian style. Designed to be easy enough for the beginner or distraction prone group crocheting!

♡ This practical pattern uses exactly one 14oz cone of big box store cotton to produce 12 cotton washboards!

♡ Perfect gifts for everyone in the family! Also great gift starter bundles for new babies, weddings, housewarming, friends or for kids off to college!

♡ It’s FREE! ..because I love you guys!

Oh! Mr. Bundles…we love you! …but would love your laundry services even more!

*you can follow the pattern below to get started right away or download the FREE pdf pattern, and add it to your Ravelry favorites/library right here! (link leads to ravelry.com)


(A free amanda ochocki+chalklegs pattern ♡)

The dishcloth recipe is simple: One giant 14oz cone (706  yards) of big box store worsted weight cotton & a little of your time, resulting in a just right stack of 12 cotton washboards. (Alternatively you can make just a single cotton washboard out of a 2oz ball of kitchen cotton.)

A beautifully simple & practical item/gift for everyone in the family! These also make great gift bundles for new babies, weddings, divorces, housewarming, as a thank you to friends or for kids going off on their own! 

Easy style for beginners & distraction prone group crocheting.  

What  you  need:  

* 14 oz cone worsted weight cotton.

* 5mm (H) crochet hook.  

*  Each board takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes (give or take) to make & measures a handy 8”  x  9½”

To begin: Ch31.

Row 1:  dc in 4th chain from  hook & in each chain across, turn. (29sts)

Row 2:  ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the back loop of next 27sts, dc through 2 loops of last st (top of ch3 from previous row), turn. (29sts)

Repeat row 2 (15 more times) which will give you a total of 17 washboard ribs.

To finish: Cut yarn & weave in ends.

*If you’d like to add a hang loop: On last repeat row, stop 2 stitches from the last stitch, ch15 (or more if you like), then sc in last stitch & finish as above.

*If you choose to make 12 from a fresh cone, you will have a few extra yards leftover, if you want to crochet a matching bundle tie! You’ll have even less leftovers if you add hang loops!

*Easily adjust the finished size by adding or subtracting begging chains, but please be aware if you make larger cloths you will get less per cone and/or more cloths per cone if you make them smaller.

© amanda ochocki + chalklegs All Rights Reserved. Patterns/designs  are for personal use and are not to be copied, redistributed or sold in any form. Commercial use is prohibited. You may use the pattern to make items for personal use. If you would like to sell finished items made from my patterns, you may do so as long as you give me credit for the pattern and (if selling online) a link to my website as follows: (Designed by amanda ochocki & www.chalklegs.com)

8 thoughts on ““Mr. Bundles” COTTON WASHBOARDS

  1. love these knitted dishcloths they are great! I make the old stand by granny style but these are lovely thanks! <3 love the photos :D zinnia234 on rav.


  2. My oh my! I took a crochet 30 years ago when I lived in Hawaii. My instructor was Japanese and taught me how to make Tabi slippers, with one big toe. Have not tried crocheting ever since. Couple months ago some friends and I were vacationing in Lake Charlevoix and went to a local “farmer’s market”. I couldn’t resist buying a set of three crocheted dishcloths; they were just so pretty! Ever since then, I’ve been dreaming of trying crochet again. When I found a big cone of cotton thread on the clearance rack at my big box store, again, I could not resist. Imagine my delight when searching for a simple dish cloth instructions I come across Mr. Bundles, in the EXACT SAME COLOR as my thread! Just started row eight of my first dish cloth, and it looks pretty good! Thank you so ever much!


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