Tunisian TPS Dishcloth – Free Crochet Pattern

Did you try the TSS Dishcloth yet? If not, make sure you check it out. But today, let’s learn Tunisian Purl Stitch with the TPS Dishcloth pattern.

navy blue dishcloth made with the Tunisian purl stitch.

This TPS Dishcloth pattern has instructions for both #3 DK weight and #4 worsted weight. No matter what yarn you have in your stash you’ll be able to try it!

The yarn weight options are written separately; first written with the #3 DK weight and then the #4 worsted weight in parenthesis.

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Finished Measurements: Approx. 8” square

Yarn: #3 (DK weight) or #4 (worsted weight) yarn – 2.5 oz.

Sample used:
#3 Cotlin by KnitPicks (my favorite cotton!)
#4 Peaches & Creme in Navy (I believe Peaches & Creme is discontinued, but Sugar ‘n Cream is a great substitute. They are almost identical.)

Size I/9 (5.5 m) Tunisian hook (for #3 DK weight dishcloth)
Size J/10 (6 mm) Tunisian hook (for #4 worsted weight dishcloth)
Please Note: I used a cable hook, but you could use straight Tunisian hook if you prefer.

Notions: Yarn Needle

Difficulty: Beginner

Gauge: 15 sts and 14 rows = 4 inches

Special Stitches:  

  • Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps) – bring working yarn in front of hook, insert hook under next vertical bar, yo, pull up loop. (CLICK HERE FOR TUTORIAL)
  • Return Pass (RetP) – Yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, *yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across.
  • Tunisian Simple Stitch Slip Stitch (tps sl st) – bring working yarn to front of hook, insert hook under next vertical bar, yo, pull through both loops (sl st made).

If you’d like to see a video tutorial of this dishcloth you can CLICK HERE.


  • For a list of abbreviations please see my List of Abbreviations.
  • Size of dishcloth can be adjusted by any number of stitches.
  • You can use any weight yarn – just go up 2 – 3 hook sizes larger than the yarn recommends.
  • DK weight dishcloth pattern is written first with worsted weight stitch counts in parenthesis.


#3 DK weight yarn, ch 33,
#4 worsted weight, ch 31,

Row 1: Insert hook in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up loop, *insert hook in back ridge of next ch, yo, pull up loop, repeat from * across. RetP (see Special Stitches).

Row 2: skip 1st vertical bar (directly below loop on hook), *bring yarn in front of work/hook, working behind yarn insert hook under next vertical bar, wrap yarn in back of hook, yo, pull up lp, rep from * across. RetP.

Rows 3 – 30 (27): Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off.

Bind Off Row: Skip 1st st, *tps sl st (see Special Stitches) in next tps, rep from * across to last st, insert hook through both loops of last st, yo, pull up loop. 
Fasten off.

Tunisian Dishcloths

The Tunisian dishcloths are great for practicing your Tunisian stitches and skills, craft fairs, or even giving as a gift set. Below are the others in this series:

TSS Dishcloth
TPS Dishcloth (this post)
TKS Dishcloth

Tunisian Dishcloth Pattern Set

The downloadable ad-free PDF, which includes all 3 dishcloths, is available for purchase in my shops:


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