Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern Facecloth: Free Pattern and Tutorial

By Janice

Join me in learning a new crochet stitch:  The Crochet Suzette Stitch

What is the Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern?

The Suzette alternates between single and double crochet stitches separated by chains, creating an interesting texture that can be thick, dense, and sturdy enough for a dishcloth or soft and drapey, perfect for a baby blanket. 

It’s an easy pattern to learn and memorize, so it's the perfect project to work on while binge-watching on Netflix. 

Another important characteristic is that it is reversible, so it makes an excellent stitch for scarves and cowls.  You might also see the names grit stitch or thicket stitch.  They are all the same stitch.

The crochet suzette stitch worked in different colors shown as a close up image.

There are only three steps: a single, then a double crochet in the same space, followed by skipping a chain. But I’ll get to that in just a moment.

If you think it sounds confusing, I promise you it is not.  A super beginner-friendly stitch pattern.

Suzette Stitch Crochet Tutorial / Facecloth / Dishcloth Pattern

For this tutorial, I am giving you a choice:  Work on a Swatch or Make a Facecloth. (But if these choices don't work for you, I'll provide you with a few more ideas (below).

Swatching is great, but what’s even better is having something useful at the end of a learning session.  Dish or facecloths are the ideal candidate for the job because they don’t need any finishing other than weaving ends and you can use up all your old yarn scraps at the same time. 

I’ll offer some other options if you think your cabinets have too many dishcloths as this stitch pattern is highly adaptable to many different projects.

Skill Level: Easy

Skill level easy per the Craft Yarn Council


  • Hook Size: H (5.0 mm)
  • If you’re making a dishcloth, use 100% cotton yarn. If you’re making a Swatch, any yarn will do. For the dishcloth, I used Lily’s Sugar n Cream, worsted weight #4 100% cotton in five different colors. (You will be working 21 rows, so if you prefer, find 7 yarn colors for a very colorful facecloth)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Facecloth / Dishcloth Pattern Notes

Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern Face Cloth worked in 5 colors of 100% cotton.
  • Finished squares measure approximately 8 inches square. 
  • Ch 1 does not count as a stitch. 
  • To make the dishcloth larger or smaller, just chain an odd number of stitches.
  • This pattern uses US terms.
  • This pattern can be worked on one single color or alternate colors, using all the scrap yarn in your stash.  The directions call for changing colors every three rows, but that is optional.
  • This crochet pattern is worked on a one-row repeat and an odd number of stitches.

Crochet Skills Needed for the Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern

  • How to make a slip knot and chain
  • How to Make a Single Crochet Stitch
  • How to Make a Half Double Crochet Stitch
  • How to Make a Double Crochet Stitch
  • How to Weave in Ends


  • ch – Chain 
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet

Final Size

8 x 8 inches (20 cm square)

Crochet Suzette Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

The crochet suzette stitch facecloth folded over

Chain 27 or any odd number of stitches.

Row 1: SC in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across to the end of the row. Turn.

(You should have 26 single crochet stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1. hdc in the first stitch). *skip a stitch, work a sc and dc in the next stitch* across. End with a hdc in the final stitch. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1. hdc in the first stitch. *skip a stitch, work a sc and dc in the next stitch* across. End with a hdc in the final stitch.

Row 4: Change Colors. Repeat the instructions for Row 3 for a total of 3 rows. 

Row 7: Change colors and repeat instructions for Row 3 above for 3 more rows.

Row 10: Change colors and repeat instructions for Row 3 above for 3 more rows.

Row 13: Change colors and repeat instructions for Row 3 above for 3 more rows. Continue in this way until you have completed a total of 21 rows.

Last Row: Work one row in single crochet stitches and either fasten off or work another round of single crochet stitches around the perimeter. Work *2sc, ch, 2sc* in each corner.

A Note About Making a Swatch

If you decide to make a Swatch or something different, you will have a different number of rows. For the swatch, work as long as you need to understand and master the pattern, then work one last row of single crochet stitches before you bind off.

Projects Where You Can Use the Crochet Suzette Stitch

The Crochet Suzette Stitch is a versitle stitch pattern that can be used in a wide variety of projects.  It's thick dense, textured fabric lends itself to dishcloths, washcloths, potholders and placemats. Can and cup holders work up fast with this stitch pattern.  

If you go up a hook size or two, the fabric becomes soft and drapey making it ideal for all sizes of cozy blankets, winter scarves and cowls.

If you are looking for an ideal, yet extremely fast way to make pillow covers, consider the crochet suzette stitch for your next project.


Both beginners and more advanced crocheters find this stitch pattern to be perfect.  It's easy, works up fast and it's one-row repeat is not difficult to memorize. 

The free pattern provided on this page was worked in a worsted-weight cotton yarn, but don't limit yourself.  A warm winter scarf can be crocheted in a short period of time using a chunky or bulky weight yarn. 

Experiment with different size hooks.  Larger hook sizes can produce a soft drapey fabric and smaller sizes yield thick potholders and dishcloths. 

So grab your hook and some yarn scraps and let's get creative.


Crochet Suzette Stitch:  Pin for Future Reference

The Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern and Tutorial Pin ImageThe Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern Tutorial and Free Facecloth Pattern

About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

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