Crochet 101: Easy Washcloth Pattern

Easy Crochet Washcloth Pattern: Learn four basic crochet stitches and create a cotton washcloth. This is a great project for beginners.I have been crocheting for as long as I can remember. After you get the hang of it, crocheting is almost meditative.

As a beginner, you may not feel the zen quite yet. Let me help you with an easy pattern that can help you practice some basic stitches while creating a very usable finished product.

If you need a stitch refresher as you work the pattern:

Crochet 101: Slip Knot and Chain
Crochet 101: Single Crochet
Crochet 101: Double Crochet
Crochet 101: Half Double Crochet

Materials


Directions


One skein of yarn is enough to make two washcloths.

Here are all of the abbreviations from the previous lessons and a couple new ones:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
hdc - half double crochet
st - stitch
WS - the wrong side of your piece
RS - the right side of your piece

Ch 26

Row 1 (WS): Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch across. (There should be 25 sc this row.) Turn your work over.

Crochet Tip: Crochet patterns customarily tell you to turn your work over at the end of each row and then chain a certain number of stitches at the beginning of the next row. In practice, it's easier to make the chain stitches, then turn the piece over.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (Again, there should be 25 stitches in this row and all of the rows for the rest of the pattern.)

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Crochet Tip: Whenever the beginning chain in a row "counts as a certain stitch" you will leave the first stitch in the row empty unless the pattern says otherwise.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Crochet Tip: When you get to the last stitch of Row 4, you will actually work a double crochet into the top of the ch 3 from the previous row. Remember, that ch 3 counts as a double crochet.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Crochet Tip: Notice, the ch 1 at the beginning of the row does NOT count as the first stitch, so you don't skip the first stitch like you did in the previous two rows.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 9: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), skip first st, hdc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 10: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), skip first st, hdc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 11: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 12: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 14: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 15: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 16: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc in next st and each st across, turn.

Row 17: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 18: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Finish off by cutting the yarn about 8 inches from your stitch, bring the yarn over your hook and pull the entire piece of yarn through the loop.

Weaving in the ends


How to weave in the yarn tails when you finish a crochet project. Once you have finished your washcloth you'll notice you still have two yarn tails hanging out. One is at the beginning of your first chain and one is at the end. It is important to weave in your yarn ends so your work does not unravel.

Crochet Tip: If you trim the ends of your yarn close to where they are knotted, the knot will eventually loosen and your work will unravel :(
I like to use a plastic yarn needle to weave in the ends, but if you don't have one, it's fine to use your crochet hook to weave the yarn through, instead.
Insert the needle down into the first stitch and pull the yarn through.
Insert the needle up through the next stitch and pull the yarn through.

Continue pulling the yarn down through one stitch then up through the next for at least a couple inches. When I am finishing a small piece like this washcloth, I will often weave the yarn end across the entire row.


Finally use a scissors to trim off the unwoven end.

Your washcloth is ready to scrub, scour and clean.

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