Thursday, September 26, 2013

A FREE design...

Everybody needs a kitchen washcloth. It's nice to have several on hand, and especially ones that are easy to wash and dry. There are a lot of "fancy" designs on the internet, but I just wanted a simple design that you could churn out in an hour or two. In fact, with just a little time you could make several - some for yourself, some to give as gifts:

A Basic Kitchen Washcloth

I used Lily@ Sugar 'n' Cream yarn for this; it is easy to work with, the natural absorbent cotton is machine washable and dryable, and it's inexpensive. You can usually find a wide color selection online or at your local crafts store. The pattern is worked with a larger hook in seed stitch, which combines alternating single crochet and chain stitches to create an open yet firm weave.

One skein Lily Sugar 'n' Cream yarn, or any medium sport weight (4) yarn that is absorbent
Size J crochet hook

  1. Chain 31. Gauge is not important for this; you can increase or decrease the size to fit your need. Just make sure to start with an odd number of chains.
  2. Row 1: Place a stitch marker in the first chain. Sc in third chain from hook. *Ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch*. Repeat from * to * across the row, ending with a sc in last ch.
  3. Row 2: Ch 1, turn. *Ch 1, skip sc, sc in ch space*. Repeat from * to * across, ending by working a sc in the chain where you placed the stitch marker (remove the marker). 
  4. Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Skip first sc, *sc in ch space, ch 1*. Repeat from * to * across, ending with a sc in the turning ch of the previous row.
  5. Repeat Row 3 until your washcloth is the desired size. Stitch pattern will look like this:
  6. Seed Stitch
  7. Fasten off and weave in ends.
This pattern can also be used to make face washcloths; I recommend a silk or bamboo blend for something that will be gentle on the face.

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