Category: Crochet

Super easy Crochet washcloth, flannel or dishcloth pattern

Tin Teddy Crochet Washcloths

 

Today I thought I would share my super easy to crochet washcloth pattern.  It really is a doddle to create but works very well and looks pretty.

 

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About 20grm Cotton yarn – I used DK yarn (worsted weight)
Crochet hook – I used a 5mm (US size H-8, old UK size 6)

You do not need to worry about gauge for this pattern, and can substitute different thicknesses of yarn or hook if you need.  I used double knitting (worsted weight) cotton yarn.   If you use a thinner yarn it will take longer to make the same size washcloth, but have a finer look to it.  Similary a thicker yarn will be quicker to make up but look chunkier.

I used a 5mm (H-8) crochet hook.  A different size hook will result in a more or less dense look.

Cotton yarn is recommended as it is very soft to use, washes well and the washcloth will last a long time.

The cloth pictured here is about 21cms square (8 1/4 inches).

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There are two versions of this pattern, one each for UK and American terminology.  Just use which ever you are happiest using.

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ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet

1 – Chain to the width you want your finished washcloth.  I used 35 chains.
2 – Dc into the front thread of the third chain from the hook.  Continue to dc into the front of each chain to the end.
3 – Ch 2 and turn your work

Repeat 2 and 3 until the washcloth is square

The border (optional):

Ch 3
1 – miss a stitch then tr into the next stitch
2 – ch 1
Repeat 1 and 2 until you reach the cornerCh4
Tr in corner stitch again

Continue down the side of the washcloth, putting a treble in alternate rows to form a similar pattern to the top.

Continue around the washcloth until you are back at the beginning.

Join to the top of the starting chain with a slip stitch and you have finished!

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ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet

1 – Chain to the width you want your finished washcloth.  I used 35 chains.
2 – Sc into the front thread of the third chain from the hook.  Continue to sc into the front of each chain to the end.
3 – Ch 2 and turn your work

Repeat 2 and 3 until the washcloth is square
The border (optional):

Ch 3
1 – miss a stitch then dc into the next stitch
2 – ch 1
Repeat 1 and 2 until you reach the cornerCh4
Dc in corner stitch again

Continue down the side of the washcloth, putting a double crochet in alternate rows to form a similar pattern to the top

Continue around the washcloth until you are back at the beginning.

Join to the top of the starting chain with a slip stitch and you have finished!TTCrochetWashclothPattern

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You can block your washcloth if you want, just dampen it then pin it out on a firm surface.

An easy way to see if your washcloth is square yet is to fold a bottom corner up to the top edge.  If it forms a perfect triangle then you are done.  If not… keep crocheting!

You could probably get 3 or 4 cloths this size from a 50gr ball of yarn.

The washcloth I have pictured here was made by crocheting into just the front part of each stitch.  You could work the usual type of stitch for a slightly different effect too of course.

Fold up two or three of the washcloths and wrap a piece of baker’s twine or raffia around them.  Add a home made label and you have a beautiful and useful present.

These washcloths sell very well at craft fairs, especially if presented nicely (see above).  Don’t forget to include details of how to wash them (see the label on your yarn for this information).

You can easily make bigger or smaller versions for different needs.  How about a larger version, using a bigger hook, for a more stringy looking floor cloth?  Or a pair of smaller pieces for a new baby’s “top and tail” cloths?

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Craft Tutorial – little crochet flowers

I have been busy crocheting lots of little flowers for a craft project.  They are very simple to make, so I thought I would pop the pattern on here.

They only use a very small amount of yarn so are great for using up those little left overs from other projects.

Most of the ones in the pictures here were made with cheap acrylic yarn but I have also used cotton, wool blends and more exotic yarns too.

I make mine with two colours of yarn, but you can of course make single colour versions too.

 

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Little Crochet Flowers

You Need:

  • small amounts of Double Knitting or Light worstead weight yarn
  • 3.5mm crochet hook (US size E)

You can use thinner or thicker yarn, just use a thinner or thicker hook too – experiment to find a combo you like 🙂
I have made tiny ones with no 10 crochet cotton and a 1.5mm hook

What to do – British version:

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Using the colour you want for the middle:

Chain 6 and join into a ring with a slip stitch

Round 1 – Chain 1  then double crochet 10 stitches into the ring, slip stitch into the first stitch to end

Fasten off and join the petal colour to any outside stitch

Round 2 – [5 treble crochet in the next stitch, Slip stitch in the next stitch] Repeat all the way around so you have 5 petals

Fasten off

 

What to do – American version:

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Using the color you want for the middle:

Chain 6 and join in to a ring with a slip stitch

Round 1 – Chain 1  then single crochet 10 stitches into the ring, slip stitch into the first stitch to end

Fasten off and join the petal color to any outside stitch

Round 2 – [5 double crochet in the next stitch, Slip stitch in the next stitch]  Repeat all the way around so you have 5 petals

Fasten off

 

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You can also easily make a 6 petaled variation by putting 12 stitches in to the middle ring (instead of 10), then making each petal from 4 trebles (instead of 5).

Use your little flowers as embellishments for crocheted or knitted items like bags, pillows or hats.  Add them to birthday cards or scrapbooks.  Or how about turning them into beautiful, lightweight jewelry such as earrings?

I would love to hear how you have used your little crocheted flowers in your crafting projects.