06 November, 2012

Free Pattern:: Crochet an Easy Peasy Washcloth

This washcloth is easy to make, 
it's simple to master and you'll soon be making 1 to 2 each night!
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Wool Yarn from Knit Picks

They make great gifts paired with a nice fancy soap (I gift wrap mine with a local goats milk soap).
Felici Self Striping Yarn from Knit Picks

I also use two colours - one for the main body of the washcloth & a contrasting colour for the trim.
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Hook: 5mm crochet hook or whatever hook you feel comfortable using with the yarn.

You will also need some scissors for cutting the yarn ends & a darning needle to weave in the ends.

Ok, let's start!

Chain 25, using the main colour yarn.
Row 1:::   Skip first stitch then *1 sc & 1 dc in the next stitch, skip next stitch.   Repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat row 1 for 18-20 rows either until square or it's at the size you like!  (I crochet 18 rows). 
Fasten off and weave in ends.
        Wool Warehouse

To finish with the trim:
Using secondary (trim) colour, sc around the edge adding an extra chain stitch into the corners to keep the trim flat.
Fasten off & weave in the ends.

Wool Yarn from Knit Picks

Now, go ahead and book mark this page too, so when you make some you can come back and post a link in the comments section below for Show & Tell!

Edited on 27th Oct 2014.....  
please note that several comments (below) state that I should be chaining one at the start (or end) of each row. I don't, it's not needed. In fact, to show you that it is not needed, please click here, it will take you to another blog post that shows step by step how it is not needed.
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  1. Thank you for the pattern- I've been looking for a simple square dishcloth for my mom to make!

  2. I would like to know how well do these washcloths hold up in water. I've never seen or used yarn in water. I would imagine it would not hold up well and start losing the shape. Also how absorbent is it?

  3. That's a good question @ggglow.
    Basically, it will depend on the type of yarn you use. I use 100% cotton, it soaks up the water good & great for a washcloth. After you wash a washcloth, you just need to gently pull it back into shape - easy!

  4. Thank you again! .... and it was easy to download too, will post a link when I've made some...
    daisy j

  5. Hello Rie

    WooHoo - found you!
    I've been wanting to crochet for quite a while but most patterns are too hard for me....

    Anyway my friend Tammy gave us a link to your lovely dishcloth - thank you so much for the pattern - when I've done it I'll post about it and link back to you dear Rie!

    Now I'm involved in a "Grow Your Blog" party thrown by our gorjus Vicki of http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.co.nz/party at the mo and I'd love you to pop over to my blog and enter my giveaway!!!

    Thank you again and
    Big Hugs
    Shane ♥

  6. Hoping someone can help me, how many do you chain when turning?!?!!

  7. @Jillian Vest - I'm not sure what you mean by do a chain when turning - I didn't do any chain when turning, the only chain in the pattern was the very first row (to cast on the stitches).

  8. Hello Rie, What Jillian was trying to ask is, when you came to the end of the row, sc in the last stitch and turned, you would have had to chain one and them proceeded with the pattern. I had the same question otherwise if done as written, it would end up as a triangle. That might be interesting too, but if you want a square, shouldn't it read "sc in last stitch, turn, ch 1, 1sc and 1dc in second chain from hook"?

    1. Oops, sorry for the delay in responding - had a baby & things got a little chaotic.
      I understand what you are saying, so I in fact just sat down & crocheted a square from my instructions above with NO chain 1 at the start of the row & it worked into a square - not triangle in sight.

  9. As a novice crocheter I have been trying to follow these directions to the letter but find that each row gets one stitch shorter so I'm wondering if I'm having the same problem as Jillian (above). I have made several attempts but it never comes out right so I'm clearly doing something wrong. I will try Lizzy's suggestion (above) and see if that helps - I hope so!

    1. It sounds like you aren't finishing the rows to the end which means you aren't starting at the 'end'.
      Start a washcloth, after chaining 25, then turning, skipping first stitch & when you do the very first sc - add a (removable) stitch marker to that first stitch. When you crochet to the end of the row, add another (removable) stitch marker to the last stitch. So when you turn your work, you can easily see where the rows start & end.
      I have never started the rows with a chain stitch as Lizzy suggested but hey, it's your crochet piece, try to see what works for you!
      Remember to trust the pattern, try a couple of rows & check your work. If the rows are getting shorter then you aren't crocheting to the end of the rows.

  10. I'm going to give it a try :D

  11. Thanks for the beautiful dishcloth pattern! I made it exactly as written and didn't have any problems. For those who are ending up with a triangle, you are putting the last sc in the next to the last stitch. There should be 23 stitches altogether. After you make the final sc on the very first row, place a marker on the stitch on your hook. I like to use a bobby pin. Place another at the other edge after you make row two. Don't chain to turn, the final sc acts as the turning stitch. The last stitch on each row kind of hides along the edge, so it helps toplace a marker and/or count the stitches. Beautiful pattern! You'll be glad you stick with it until it works for you!

  12. Leaving out the "ch 1" after turning led to the perfect edge! Thanks!

  13. Hi! I love this pattern! It looks so much better than my knitted ones. I just have 1 Question.....1. If you skip one stitch at the start of the Row 1, you are starting in the 24th chain from the from your slipknot, right? Every time I try to start that way, I end up with a single and double in the 24th, 22nd, 20th......down to the 2nd chain and I have the first chain empty (skipped.) Is this correct?? Do I end with a skipped stitch? The reason I asking is because the example you provide at http://www.craftyrie.com/2014/10/this-is-me-showing-you-that-i-am-right.html the first picture shows you sc and dc in the very last stitch, instead of it being skipped like mine turns out. What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance!

    1. Did you ever figure this out? Mine is doing the same 🤦‍♀️

  14. Thank you for this pattern! I'm fairly new to crochet and this stitch is easy and fun to do.


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