How to Crochet a Washcloth with Edging

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Many beginning and intermediate crocheters enjoy crocheting washcloths. A crochet washcloth pattern that utilizes the popcorn stitch makes a good texture for scrubbing faces. It's made with single crochet stitches only, making it easy for any beginner. It's best to use 100 percent cotton yarn. Cotton feels good against the skin and launders well. Just remember that cotton does shrink, so you might want to make the washcloth larger to allow for this.

Things You'll Need

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Chain 21. To make the foundation row, start in the second chain from the hook and single crochet across the row. Turn your work to begin row 1.

    Row 1: Chain 1 and make 1 single crochet in first single crochet. Make 4 chains. Then make 1 single crochet in each of the next 4 single crochets. Repeat this pattern starting at make 4 chains until you come to the last 2 stitches. Chain 4 and make a single crochet in the last single crochet. Turn your work.

  • Row 2: Chain 1. Hold the chain-4 loop to the back. Make 1 single crochet in first single crochet and continue to single crochet in each single crochet clear to the end. Turn your work.

  • Row 3: Chain one. Make one single crochet in each of first 3 single crochets. Chain 4. Make 1 single crochet in each of next 4 single crochets. Repeat this pattern from chain 4 until you come to the last 3 single crochets. Chain 4. Make 1 single crochet in each of last 3 single crochets. Turn your work.

  • Row 4: Repeat row 2. This establishes the pattern for the entire washcloth.

  • Go back to row 1 and crochet steps 1 through 4. Continue to do this until your washcloth is the length you would like. When you reach that length, tie off with a knot at the end of the row, but leave a length of about 2 inches to weave into rest of work. One washcloth is finished.

Crochet Edging

  • Row 1: Insert crochet hook in corner of washcloth and make a slip stitch. Chain 1. Single crochet in each single crochet all around the washcloth, stopping at the corner you began at.

  • Row 2: Repeat row 1.

  • Row 3: Chain 1. In each of 7 crochets across, make 1 single crochet across. Skip 3 single crochets. Slip stitch in next single crochet. Chain 7. Repeat from In each of 7 crochets through *chain 7, all around the wash cloth until you reach the beginning. Connect to beginning of edging with a slip stitch. Tie off and leave a 2-inch tail of yarn. Weave in all tails of yarn. You may not want to use the whole 2 inches. Use your own judgment.

  • Four or five dishcloths folded, stacked together with a fancy bar of soap, and tied with a ribbon makes a great gift for holidays or just as a token of appreciation.

  • You can also use this same pattern to make bath towels, finger towels, kitchen towels and dish rags. For the kitchen, crochet it with a variegated cotton yarn.

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