Skill Level: Very easy
I crocheted the sample washcloth using Lion Brand Nature's Choice organic cotton yarn in the "Blueberry" color. This is a lovely shade of pale blue that would be suitable for use as a baby washcloth, but people of any age can use it.
While this yarn is technically a medium weight, in some ways it looks and behaves a bit like a bulkier yarn would. Take that into account if you want to make substitutions.
I used approximately 1 oz of yarn.
I used a J hook and an H hook to make the sample washcloth. If there are other hook sizes you'd prefer to use, feel free to make the adjustments.Other: Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
3 sts = approximately 1". Row gauge is unimportant.
A washcloth will turn out fine no matter what size you make it, so gauge is not critically important for achieving good results with this pattern.
My sample washcloth measures 6 3/4" square.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Ch 15 loosely using the larger hook.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch st after that, all the way across the row. (14 sc total)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. (sc in front loop of next sc st, sc in back loop of next sc stitch.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. (14 sc)
Row 3: Repeat row 2.
Continue repeating row 2 until the piece is a square. Do not end off yet.
My piece measured about 4 3/4" at this point.
Due to discrepancies in gauge between the two variations of single crochet stitch, I changed to a size H hook before crocheting the edging. If you want your washcloth to be square, I recommend going down a hook size or two, to prevent the work from "ruffling." I went down 2 hook sizes. In hindsight, I think one hook size down would have been fine as well.
The edging will be worked in rounds around the outer edge of the piece you just crocheted.
Edging Round 1: Begin working down the left-hand side of the piece. Crochet 14 evenly spaced sl sts. Then work another 14 evenly spaced sl sts into the foundation chain. Then work another 14 evenly spaced sl sts up the other side of the piece. Then crochet another 14 sl sts across the last row of sc sts worked.
Edging Round 2:Ch 1, then sc in the back loops of the sl sts worked in the previous round. When you get to a corner, ch 2 and then continue working sc in each sl st, all the way around. At the end of the round, work a sl st to join the last sc to the first sc in the round.
Repeat round 2 as many times as desired to create the washcloth size you want. I worked 4 rounds total (the sl st round plus 3 sc rounds) to create the sample.
End off and weave in loose ends.