Crocheted Cotton Washcloth SamplerBy Corinne Munger – 45 Comments
|When I first thought of writing this post, I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to talk about. Was it to be about using a luscious cotton yarn (that I love so much), about the incredible patterns you can make using only single crochet, or how washcloth patterns are really just “samplers” of your talent? Then I realized it should be about all 3!|
I often pick up yarn and just start crocheting, having no idea of what I am going to make. This particular day, I reached in my stash and picked out a ball of “Sugar ‘N Cream” cotton yarn in an off white color. I LOVE cotton yarn! It doesn’t stretch, it’s super absorbent, it’s natural, keeps its shape, doesn’t pill, and washes well. What’s not to love? I especially love it in whites and creams – it just seems to have a natural vintage flair to it without making it “old fashioned”. When I look at an item made from a run-of-the-mill acrylic yarn, all I can see are the fibers tangling up and matting. Cotton doesn’t do that. It gives your stitches definition because the fibers stay put. You can wash your items a thousand times, and the colors may fade (adding to the character), but it won’t look like your cat uses it as a scratching post! It’s also the perfect yarn for making washcloths and dishcloths.
Here are three washcloths that are made only from using a single crochet stitch in various patterns.
One was done by using a “one single crochet and one chain” stitch pattern
A second was made using 2 single crochets in one stitch and skipping a stitch pattern
And the third was made by alternating a single crochet in the front loop, then a single crochet in the back loop.
All are three very different patterns, as you can see, using only the very basic single crochet stitch. The list is endless on the variations. It is the tightest weave you can get in crochet and creates a heavy fabric, so it should only be used for items that you want to be thick and sturdy. Perfect for washcloths! It takes more time to complete an item since the stitch is small, but the result is often stunning. Just the slightest variation in your pattern creates an entirely different look.
Playing with pattern variations on your own is one of the best things about crocheting. Every pattern under the sun is probably in a book somewhere, but when you’re free-wheelin’ it, who wants to dig out books? The best way to “play” is to just start crocheting what feels good. And the best item to do that with is a little square – a sampler. And what better item to make with that square than a dishcloth? They whip up in about an hour, you can throw a plain border around them, and you have a little work of art. You can make a set of three (as I just did), in 3 different patterns, throw a little ribbon around a stack, and you have an awesome gift that ANYONE would love! Add some in different colors and really WOW them!
Here is a photo from my personal website. These were sold at a craft fair I attended last year. I think the packaging really helped sell these – they looked even cuter in person! Everyone I knew received a set for Christmas and they all loved them.
To the recipient, these washcloths EXUDE your talent! When made in several different patterns, people think you’re a crochet professional! And only YOU will know that you used ONE, very, very simple stitch, with a simple yarn, for a simple item – and made something beautiful.
If you enjoyed this post or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment!
Update: The washcloth patterns mentioned in this post can be found here: Crochet Pattern: 3 Pretty Washcloths in Single Crochet