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Washed-Up Wishes: Crocheted Gift Washcloths

Posted by Vickie Howell on December 3, 2009 at 9:42 AM in ChristmasCrochetGreat Gifts!Tutorial
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Kitschy Version
Cotton Christmas Cloth

Stitching washcloths is a great way to learn to crochet or if you already know how, then to practice new stitches.  They also make the perfect, portable project to work on while waiting at doctors appointments or watching soccer games.  Paired with an organic bar of soap (easily found at natural food stores), they also happen to make fantastic gifts for teachers, colleagues and party hosts! 

I've whipped-up two cloths for your Craft Apparent pleasure: a Kitschy Christmas version that's simple enough for beginners, and an Earthy Yulekwanzukkah version for those with a bit of crochet experience.  Feel free to ditch my color choices completely though, and keep this project in mind for any time you need a little giftie or, just want to treat yourself! 

MATERIALS

1 ball each of sport or worsted-weight cotton yarn (found in most craft stores) in colors: Olive Green & Red (Kitschy Version) OR Taupe (Earthy Version)
Size US “I” (5.5mm) Hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Yarn Needle

GAUGE
(How many stitches per inch you get.)
4 sts= 1”

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc= double crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
MB = make bobble

DIRECTIONS

Kitschy Version:
With olive green yarn, ch 34.
Bottom Striped Section:
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch to the end. (33 sts)  Cut yarn.  Turn.
Row 2: Join red yarn, Ch 3 (always counts as 1st dc), dc in next st.  Dc in every st to end. Cut yarn.  Turn.
Row 3: Join olive yarn. Ch 1 (always counts as 1st sc), sc in next st.  Sc in every st to end.  Cut yarn.  Turn.
Row 4: Join red yarn.  Ch 3, dc in next st.  Dc in every st to end. Cut yarn.  Turn.
Rows 5-6: Repeat Rows 3-4.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3.

Stripe Close-Up
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Main Section:
Continue with olive yarn.
Row 8: Ch 3, dc in next st in next st.  Dc in every st to end.  Turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in next st in st.  Sc in every st to end.  Turn.
Rows 10-19: Repeat Rows 8-9.

Top Striped Section:
Rows 20-25: Repeat Rows 2-3.  Tie off.

Border:
Join red yarn at one corner of your cloth.
Ch1, sc evenly around entire cloth, taking care to sc TWICE at all corners.  Tie off.
Tip:  When working the side border, you'll likely need 2 sc in every dc st.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. 

Earthy Version

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Earthy Version:
With taupe yarn, ch 33.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch to the end. (32 sts)  Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (always counts as 1st dc), dc in next st.  Dc in every st to end. Turn.
Row 3: Ch1 (always counts as 1st sc), sc in next st.  Sc in every st. to end.  Turn.
Rows 4-5: Repeat Rows 2-3
Row 6 (Bobble Row): Ch 3, 2dc, **MB (*Wrap yarn counter-clockwise around hook once and insert it into both loops of the stitch from row below; wrap yarn counter-clockwise around hook again and draw it through the first loop [3 loops on hook]; wrap yarn around hook again and draw it through the first two loops [2 loops on hook]; repeat from * four more times [6 loops on hook]; wrap yarn around hook for the last time and draw it through all six loops [1 loop on hook]), 3dc.  Repeat from ** until end.  Turn.

Subtle Bobble Close-Up
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Row 7: Repeat Row 3.
Repeat Rows 4-7, TWICE more.
Repeat Rows 4-5 TWICE more.  Tie off.

Border:
Join yarn at one corner of your cloth.
Ch1, sc evenly around entire cloth, taking care to sc TWICE at all corners.  Tie off.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

For crochet tutorials, check out the How-To section on my website.

Yours in holiday craftiness,
Vickie

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