Abbreviations: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, ea = each, sc = single crochet, st = stitch, sts = stitches
Materials: about 1 oz. soft cotton worsted weight yarn, US size H hook
Special Stitch: crossed double crochet (crdc) Link: crdc how-to
Pattern Notes: Directions given for an average size face cloth (about 9 inches) with directions for a larger size (about 11 1/2 inches) in parenthesis. Turn at the end of each row. You will work under both loops of a stitch except where noted otherwise. Gauge is not important for this project. See help links in pattern.
Starting Chain: Leaving a length to weave in later, chain 32 (41)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (31 sc or 40 sc)
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), * crdc over next 2 sts, dc in next st, dc in back loop of ea of next 5 sts, dc in next st **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 (3) more times, then crdc over next 2 sts, dc in last st.
Additional Rows: Repeat Row 2 thirteen (twenty) more times.
Optional Outside Round: ch 1, then (working down the side of the piece), make 2 sc around post of ea dc along the side until you come to the next sc row at the end of this side, sc in end of that sc row, ch 2 for corner, sc in remaining loop of ea starting ch along bottom side, ch 2 for next corner, sc in end of sc row, 2 sc around ea dc post on that side, ch 2 for corner, then sc in ea dc across the top, ch 2 for corner, ending with a slip stitch in the first sc of this outside round.
End off, leaving a length to weave in. Weave in ends securely, weaving back and forth several times on the back of the cloth, working under the back part of a number of stitches so that the ends will not unravel over time.
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