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I have reached into my cotton stash and started on some washcloths. I nearly sold out of them last year at craft fairs, so it’s time to stock up again!
Now, washcloths aren’t an exact science, everyone likes their cloth a different size, so adjust as needed for what you want. Cotton is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria – these are excellent for the kitchen and for using in the bath.
I made a set of these for my mother nearly 8 years ago and she uses them on a regular basis in the kitchen … they look nearly new. They hold up!
So this is my new favorite pattern to use, using the Lemon Peel stitch, though you can use any stitch you like for whatever pattern you prefer. My earlier washcloths were just a single crochet:
Just chain until you reach the width you prefer and begin making rows, no matter what your stitch. keep in mind that if you decide to add a border, your cloth will wind up being a bit larger.
Here is the pattern I am using on my new washcloths, if you would like one to follow:+
1 Skein Sugar N Cream cotton yarn (or your favorite cotton yarn)
1 Skein Sugar N Cream cotton yarn in contrasting color (if you prefer a border with a contrasting color, you can also continue using the same color for your border)
1 Size I (5.50 mm) Crochet Hook
1 Yarn Needle for sewing in ends
Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook, *DC, SC* repeat from *across to end, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: SC in the DC stitch below, *DC,SC* repeat from * across to end, ch 1, turn
Rows 3-22: Repeat row 2
Edging: Ch 1 with contrasting color (if desired), turn. 2sc in same stitch, sc evenly across top to end, 3 sc in corner, sc evenly along side (aprox. 21 st), 3 sc in corner, repeat to end, 1 sc in last stitch (already 2sc in stitch) and slip stitch to beginning sc, tie off and sew in ends.
Washcloths are very simple to do and they sell well, make great housewarming and hostess gifts and are a fabulous addition to your own linen closet. They can be made to match any decor! Go forth and experiment!
Happy Hooking, Hookers!