Welcome to the second of my washcloth series! If you missed the first one, you can find it here.
These washcloths have been designed to help you to expland on your skill set while making something practical.
This one is Mulberry, and she is made with one of my all time favourite stitches, which you might know as the griddle stitch. The stitch is simply alternating single crochet and double crochet (double crochet and treble) across the row.
I love that a simple design and stitch combination can create such a lovely texture.
So this one is relatively easy to make and I will provide very basic instructions here. If you would like the full pattern, withe more detailed instructions you can purchase it from any of the links below.
Let me explain the stitch combination first and some rules to remember:
- your row will always start with a single crochet (double crochet for UK terms)
- your row will always finish with a double crochet (treble)
- you need a chain one turning chain, but this does not count as a stitch
- the single crochet (double crochet) is always worked into the double crochet (treble) of the row before
- the double crochet (treble) is always worked into the single crochet (double crochet) of the row before.
I made this with Knit Picks Dishie yarn which is a worsted weight cotton. You can use any cotton of your choice in either worsted, aran or DK weight yarn, or 8 or 10 ply if you use ply.
I used a 5mm hook and began with a chain of 41. If you want to adjust the size, use any odd number.
Row 1: 1 single crochet (sc) in the second chain from the hook, 1 double crochet (dc) in the next, continue to alternate 1sc and 1dc along the entire chain, finish with a dc. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: 1sc into the 1st stitch, 1dc into the next, alternate 1sc and 1dc along the entire row.
Keep repeating row 2 until your work is square. I did 38 rows. Do not fasten off.
Chain 1 and work a border by working 1sc into each stitch on the top and bottom edges, (1sc, ch1, 1sc) into the corners and around the stitches on the side edges. Aim for 40 stitches on the side (or the same as the initial chain minus 1). Slip stitch to the 1st single crochet once you get back to where you started.
Round 2 and 3 of the border. Chain 1 to begin and work 1sc into each stitch and (1sc, ch1, 1sc) into each ch1 corner space. Fasten off at the end of round 3 and you’re done!
The purchased pattern contains the UK and US terms separated and instructions for all of the stitches. You can purchase a copy in any of these locations:
I hope you enjoy this pattern! Next month’s washcloth will be Jalopeno…