Welcome to my new series for Washcloths!
I have started this series as I find that a washcloth is a great way to learn and practice with new stitches and stitch patterns. My intent is to bring out a new washcloth every month and each one will have a different stitch or stitch design to play with.
I will be making all of these washcloths with KnitPicks Dishie yarn. I find this yarn to be super affordable and love that it is 100% cotton and designed for use in washcloths! I have quite a sizeable stash at home, so I’ll be making a dent in it with these designs.
For all of these washcloths I will be providing enough instruction for you to make one without needing to purchase the pattern. The instructions in this post are written with some assumed knowledge of the sitches. The full written pattern contains more detailed instructions and will be available in my store and all my usually places for a low price.
The full written pattern also includes written instructions for all of the stitches needed (the basic ones and the special ones!). They will be written in both US and UK terms and in separate sections so that you’re less confused when reading them!. I’ve also included photos of the first rows and repeat as well as the border rounds and the final piece. That way you can check to see if yours matches the original as you go!
The patterns will also be provided to all of the members of my Hooked on Crochet Club. The doors to the clubhouse open a few times a year, so be sure to add your name to the waitlist if you’re interested.
So now for the washcloth!
What you need to know first:
- I used the KnitPicks Dishie yarn in Creme Brulee for the main colour and Swan for the border.
- This is a 100% cotton worsted weight yarn and the washcloth comes out to 28cm x 28cm.
- You could also make it with a DK weight yarn and either adjust the initial chain, or keep it the same and get a smaller washcloth.
- There is a chain 2 at the beginning of each row. This does not count as a stitch and is used to keep the edges straight.
- I used a 5mm hook.
Stiches in this pattern:
For this pattern you will need to know:
- US terms: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, front post double crochet and back post double crochet.
- UK terms: chain, slip stitch, double crochet, treble, front post treble, back post treble.
Pattern Instructions (US terms):
If using UK terms replace “double crochet” with “treble” and “single crochet” with “double crochet”.
Chain 40 or any even number of stitches.
Work one double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook and each chain along. Chain 2 and turn.
Work one double crochet into the first stitch. Working once around each double crochet until you have one stitch left – begin with a front post double crochet around the next stitch and then a back post double crochet around the stitch after that. Continue alternating front and back post double crochets across the row until only one stitch is left. Work one double crochet into the last stitch then chain 2 and turn.
Work one double crochet into the first stitch. Working once around each stitch until you have one stitch left – begin with a back post double crochet and work around the front post double crochet of the round before, then a front post double crochet around the back post double crochet of the row before. Continue alternating back and front post double crochet across the row until only one stitch is left. Work one double crochet into the last sitch then chain 2 and turn.
Work one double crochet into the first stitch. Working once around each stitch until you have one stitch left – begin with a front post double crochet and work around the back post double crochet of the round before, then a back post double crochet around the front post double crochet of the row before. Continue alternating front and back post double crochet across the row until only one stitch is left. Work one double crochet into the last sitch then chain 2 and turn.
Rows 5- 26:
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you complete 26 rows, or until your work is the same width as height (or near enough). At this stage mine was 25cm x 25cm.
Each round of the border is single crochet, with (one single crochet, chain 1, one single crochet) in the corner space.
Round 1: keep with the main colour for the first round. Begin with a chain 1 and turn to work down the row last completed. Work one single crochet into each stitch on the ends, (one single crochet, chain one, one single crochet) into the corner spaces an aim for 38 single crochets down the sides by working aroung the chain 2 or the posts of the double crochet.
Round 2 & 3: switch to the second colour and attach anywhere. Begin the round with a chain one. Work one single crochet into each stitch and (one single crochet, chain 1, one single crochet) into each chain 1 space of the corner. Finish the round by slip stitch to the top of the first single crochet.
I hope you enjoy making the first one in this series!
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