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Beautiful crochet washcloths – 4 patterns, US terms

The gift season is approaching fast and you want to be ready for it. 

That’s why I prepared a set of four patterns for beautifully textured washcloths that you can make ahead of time and gift to family and friends.

If you know someone who uses paper towels in excess, you can give these as a little reminder that we have a choice in every little part of our lives. These can be a great conversation starter and a perfect moment to share your knowledge.

Or if you have someone in your family who loves home décor, you can find their favorite colors and make a set with those colors, so they have customized kitchen towels that they wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else.

This is great too if you make custom commissions. Ask for a photo of your client’s kitchen furniture or appliances and make them color-matching washcloths. The possibilities with this are endless.

For my part, I chose to use up some gradient cotton yarn that I dyed myself using some batik dyes. Unfortunately, most natural dyes don’t work with cotton, but if you want to try this technique, I have a separate article all about it

Instructions written in US terms

Three patterns in one

These three patterns all have something in common.

They all:

  • are easy to make;
  • use up around the same type and amount of yarn;
  • are square;
  • have the most gorgeous texture;
  • will teach you pretty stitch combinations;
  • are finished in the same way.

So it’s obvious that they should be published together.

Notions

You will need:

  • Basic cotton yarn in sport weight (12 wpi) – one 50 g or 1.76 ounce ball (about 115 meters or 126 yards)
  • Crochet hook – 4 mm
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations

For these simple patterns, you need to know the following crochet stitches (US terms):

  • Ch – chain
  • Dc – double crochet
  • HDc – half double crochet
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sk – skip stitch
  • Sl St – slip stitch

The yarn should be enough for you to make the washcloth, the loop and the edges.

If you feel like the resulting fabric is too loose, use a smaller hook. If you feel like it is too stiff, go up a hook size.

You want a fabric that is compact (there are no gaping holes), but not stiff (it is malleable).

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Washcloth 1

Make a slip knot and Ch40.

R1. In second Ch from hook, make a Sc. Dc in the next St. repeat {Dc, Sc} to the end of the chain, turn.

R2. Ch2 (does not count as Dc), Dc in first St, Sc in next St, repeat {Dc, Sc} to the last St, Dc in the last St, turn.

R3. Ch1, Sc in first St, repeat {Dc, Sc} to the last St, turn.

Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 until you make a square, for about 34 or 35 total rows.

Do not cut the yarn, but go to the “Finishing off section” below and continue using those instructions.

This one comes with a fully edited video, so have fun following along.

Click on the photo to the right to enlarge it.

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Washcloth 2

Make a slip knot and Ch40.

R1. Sc and Dc in second Ch, Sk1, repeat {Sc and Dc in next St, Sk1} to the end of the chain, Sc in last Ch, turn

R2. Ch1 (does not count as a St), Sc and Dc in first St, Sk1, repeat {Sc and Dc in next St, Sk1} to the last St, Sc in last St, turn

Continue repeating row 2 until you make a square, for about 34 or 35 total rows.

Do not cut the yarn, but go to the “Finishing off section” below and continue using those instructions.

Click on the photo to the right to enlarge it.

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Washcloth 3

Make a slip knot and Ch40. Keep your tension loose.

R1. HDc in first Ch, Sl St in next Ch, repeat {HDc, Sl St} until the end of the row, turn

R2. Ch1 (does not count as St), HDc in first St, Sl St in next St, repeat {HDc, Sl St} until the end of the row, turn

Repeat row 2 until you make a square, 34 or 36 rows.

Do not cut the yarn, but go to the “Finishing off section” below and continue using those instructions.

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

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Washcloth 4

Make a slip knot and Ch40.

R1. Sk 1 Ch, Sc in next Ch, Ch1, Sc in same Ch, repeat {Sk1, [Sc, Ch1, Sc] in next St} until the last Ch, turn

R2. Repeat {[Sc, Ch1, Sc] in next Ch1 Sp} until the end of the row, turn

Repeat R2 until you make a square, about 42-44 rows in total.

Do not cut the yarn, but go to the “Finishing off section” below and continue using those instructions.

Click on the photo to the right to enlarge it.

Finishing off

Ch14 to make a loop, then Sl St back into the top of the stitch where you began the loop.

Do not turn.

Sl St across the four sides to finish them up and to give them structure. Try to make about 40 Sl St on each side. Put 2 Sl St in each corner. When you return to the loop, put 30 Sc in the loop, then bind off and weave in the ends.

For weaving in the ends, pass the remaining yarn through the eye of the tapestry needle and go through the fabric (not around it) back and forth three times in the same direction over at least 5 cm or 2 inches (moving slightly to the sides so there is no resulting bulk).

Do not pull tightly, but make sure that the yarn is pulled through completely for every pass. After the third run, cut off the yarn. This bind should make sure that the washcloth will be in excellent shape for years to come.

Now that your washcloth is ready, you should wash it and block it (set it in a square shape while it is drying) and then you can use it or gift it to family or friends.

I hope you enjoy these four patterns and make many pretty washcloths. I know they don’t seem like a “wow” project, but they are perfect for meditative crochet and not everything in this life needs to impress someone. 

I think that, in the case of these washcloths, the beauty of the yarn and the textured stitches are enough to make something that you or others will enjoy having around and using in the kitchen every day. 

I know I enjoy even just looking at them from time to time. I get lost in the stitches and that’s a lot of fun for my autistic brain.

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

As always, many hugs and I’ll see you soon,

Andrea

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