It’s been quite a while since I did a crochet post. I haven’t been crocheting much this summer, but I got the urge to do something simple and quick.
I bought some inexpensive cotton yarn in a pretty rose pink, and I whipped up a wash cloth last night while I was watching the Olympics. I used a US H or 8 or 5.00 mm size hook, but you could use anything around that size that you already have.
This is a beginner’s project, but it assumes that you know how to create a chain, and do a double crochet. If not, check out the Craft Yarn Council’s website for easy to follow instructions. The shell stitch is nothing more than two double-crochets, a chain, and two more double-crochets in one stitch.
Here’s the pattern:
- Make a foundation chain by chaining 24 stitches.
- In the 4th chain, make a shell (2DC, ch, 2DC), skip 3 ch and make another shell all the way to the end of the row. Turn.
- Chain 3, in the middle stitch of the shell (the chain stitch), make a shell (2DC, ch, 2DC), continue till the end of the row. Repeat till the wash cloth is the size you want. I did about 12 rows.
- I wanted to finish off the wash cloth with a simple border, so I did single crochets around the cloth, putting a single crochet in each stitch and occasionally putting more than one single crochet if there was more space. When I got to the corners, I added 2 chains to make the corner.
I haven’t gotten around to “blocking” the wash cloth, i.e. ironing it so that it’s a perfect square. Also, because the wash cloth will get wet so often, I don’t think blocking is necessary. I think it’s OK that it looks handmade!
I’m going to make a second one tonight to finish up the yarn. Then I may get a different color yarn and make some more. Making a few in different shades and either rolling them or laying them flat and wrapping them with ribbon makes for a nice hostess gift for someone who appreciates handmade things.
Let me know if you try making them. And if you have a question, I’ll try to answer. Be crafty!