Friday, December 17, 2010

Luxe Washcloth Pattern

Want to support independent designers? Consider purchasing a printer-friendly (pdf) version of this pattern plus a matching bath mitt on Etsy for a nominal amount. 💗

I already released this pattern on Ravelry, but I wanted to post for those of you not on Ravelry.  This was my first washcloth pattern.  You can get the matching Bath Mitt pattern through Ravelry or Etsy.  Enjoy!

Bring the spa home to your own bathroom with this luxurious organic cotton washcloth.  Everyone needs a little pampering, and this quick project, paired with the matching bath mitt (separate pattern) let you indulge before you can finish saying, “yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through two loops, yarn over, draw through last two loops.”  Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but they’re still quick and perfect for gift-giving, especially paired with a favorite bath shop gift card.  For troubleshooting or feedback, please contact me directly!

**NEW** You can now get patterns for this washcloth, the matching bath mitt, the Spa washcloth and bath mitt, AND the Vieux Carre towel in one discounted pattern pack.  Check it out here.



Yarn:  I chose an organic cotton yarn, Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton, which is extra soft with a nice light sheen. Color A (Drift) uses about 54 yds (35 g) and Color B (Azul) uses about 12 yds (8 g). This yarn is a very thick worsted-weight cotton yarn; if you substitute for a regular worsted weight yarn, you may need to reduce hook size to maintain a thick and sturdy washcloth.

Materials:  Crochet hook size US H (5.0 mm), yarn needle (to weave in ends)

Gauge & Sizing: Gauge is not critical for the washcloth but if you choose to continue with the bath mitt pattern: 11 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches square.  The finished size of the washcloth is 8.5 inches by 9.75 inches with the border. For a larger washcloth, you may increase the pattern width by 6 stitches and increase length by adding rows to the main body.

Care instructions: Make sure you include the yarn manufacturers care instructions when giving this as a gift. Washable yarns are best, and many suggest drying flat to maintain shape and extend lifetime.

Abbreviations and Special Stitches
ch = Chain
dc = Double crochet
hdc = Half double crochet
sc = Single crochet
sl st = Slip stitch
st = Stitch
tr = Treble/triple crochet
yo = Yarn over

Shell: This stitch is a modified shell stitch cluster. In stitch indicated 2 dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, 2 dc all in one stitch. If you download the pdf on Ravelry, a chart diagram of the border is included.
 
Picot: This stitch is performed 3 times for each shell. To make a picot, sc in indicated stitch. Then, ch-4 somewhat taut, and join with a sl st to the sc just performed.  See my Picot Tutorial post for more details or a refresher. Note that most other patterns use a ch-3 rather than a ch-4.

Washcloth Pattern
 
Main Body
Beginning chain: In Color A, ch 27. To change width, add or subtract chains in multiples of 6.

Row 1: Hdc in third ch from hook (first 2 ch count as first st), *skip 1 ch, 2 hdc in next ch, repeat from * across except in last ch, hdc only once. Turn. (25 stitches total)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first st), hdc in first st, *skip 1 st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * across except in last st (top of ch-2), hdc only once. Turn. (25 stitches total)

Rows 3-desired length: Repeat row 2 until washcloth height is about ½ inch shorter than width. Change to Color B in last pull-through of last row and turn. Do not cut Color A.

Border
Border Row 1: In Color B, ch 1, sc across (25 stitches total). Turn.

Border Row 2: Sl st into first st, *skip 2 st, make shell in next st, skip 2 st, sl st in next st, repeat from * three times (to end of row). Cut and fasten off Color B.

Border Row 3: Pull up Color A from below, ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in next 2 st, make picot in top of ch-1, make picot in top of tr, make picot in top of ch-1, sc across next 3 st (be careful to not skip over the sl st in previous row), repeat from * three times except sl st in last st. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends well.

I would love to see your finished objects (post on Ravelry or in comments)! Here is a photo of the matching set of washcloth plus bath mitt using the alternative color scheme, and you can get the matching Bath Mitt pattern through Ravelry or Etsy.


Happy hooking! (the legal kind)
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