When I first started crocheting, I couldn’t figure out what ‘crochet in the back loops’ meant. In the video below, I show you how to make a dishcloth, using only Half-Double Crochet and Single Crochet stitches. The rows are crocheted in the back-loops.

To Crochet Dishcloth

Hook Size – H
1 Ball Cotton Crochet Yarn

Chain 30

How to Count your chains:

Row 1:  Start in the second chain from the hook, alternate Single Crochet and Half-Double Crochet in each chain of beginning row.  No need to worry about ‘back-loops’ at this point, chain 2, turn project.

Count your stitches, you need 29 stitches in each row from here on.


Next you are going to crochet in the ‘back-loops’, here is a picture of what that looks like, you insert your hook into the strand of the stitch that is furthest away from your body.

Row 2:  In second stitch from the hook, in the back-loop, start with a Half-Double crochet, and alternate Half-Double Crochet with a single crochet across the row.

If you loose place on your alternation of Half-Double and Single crochets, here is a diagram how you can tell which stitch is which.  But, I do want to say, it doesn’t matter if you accidentally do two single crochets in a row, it is a very forgiving pattern.

For the border, chain 2 and Half-Double crochets in each stitch around the edge.  On each corner, you will need to do 3 Half-Double Crochets in the corner stitch.  Join the last stitch to the top of the first stitch with a slip stitch.

I love how this dishcloth looks so adorable even though it is super simple!  Enjoy!