Alternating double crochet and slip stitch make the textured design happen in this pattern, making a bumpy surface that's just right for a washcloth.
Abbreviations: ch = chain, chs = chains, ea = each, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch, sp = space, st = stitch, sts = stitches
How to Slip Stitch: Insert the crochet hook in the next stitch to be worked, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through both the stitch to be worked and the loop already on the hook, all at the same time.
Materials: about 1 oz. any cotton worsted weight yarn, US size H hook
Pattern Notes: When you are working into the dc stitches,
remember that the short height of the slip stitch next to each double crochet has pulled that dc downward so it doesn't look like a usual double crochet anymore. Still, it shows as slightly taller
than the slip stitches and once you are used to the look of the crunched down double crochet, you will be able to determine which are double crochet and which are slip stitches across the row. You
will insert the hook under the top loop of each double crochet, as usual, when working into the dc stitches.
Sizes: Starting chains given are for finished sizes about 7 1/4 inches, 8 1/4 inches and 9 1/4 inches in width. Every 4 additional chains added to the starting chain will result in about 1 additional inch in finished width. The design repeat is every two stitches.
Gauge is not important for this pattern. The washcloth can be useful in a wide variety of finished sizes.
Turning Note: You will turn at the end of each row.
Starting Chain: ch 27 (31, 35).
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (making 26, 30 or 34 sc altogether)
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), being sure to skip the sc that is at the base of the ch-3 just made, (sl st in next sc, dc in next sc) as many times as needed to go across the row, until only one sc remains, then sl st in that last sc.
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), sl st in next dc, (dc in next sl st, sl st in next dc) as many times as needed to go across the row until only one sl st and the ch-3 at the end of the row remain, then dc in next sl st, sl st in the 3rd ch of the ch-3 at the end of the row.
Row 4: Repeat row 3.
Row 5: ch 1 (to turn), sc in the first sl st, (sc in next dc, sc in next sl st) as many times as needed to go across the row, until only the ch-3 at the end of the row remains, sc in the 3rd ch of that ch-3.
Rows 6 - 9: Repeat Rows 2 - 5.
Rows 10 - 29 (33, 37): Repeat Rows 2 - 5.
End off, leaving a strand for weaving in. Weave in the ends, to secure.