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.

Materials:
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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