The Most Elegant, Essential Crochet Project EverBy Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 16 Comments
This project is a classic. Loved by beginners and seasoned crocheters alike, this swath of crocheted fabric is used over and over again. It is loved and appreciated. It offers comfort and cleanliness. It gives us a chance to test our skills. It helps our gauge swatches find life in various rooms in the home. The most elegant, essential crochet project ever? It’s the crocheted washcloth.
I don’t know if you’ve ever thought of a washcloth this way, but bear with me for a moment, because I think I have a pretty good case.
A washcloth is nothing more than a scrap of fabric. While sizes and shapes may vary, a 7- or 8-inch square or square is probably an average size. A washcloth is elegant in the technical sense, meaning it is “gracefully concise and simple” in form. Some (but not all) are elegant in the traditional sense, and bring luxurious design to a gift or to a space where they’re stored. These objects are essential to crochet because they capture the essence of our craft: beautiful & useful.
As mentioned, the elegance of the washcloth begins with its simplicity. Working from the most basic shape, a square or circle, the washcloth offers us limitless possibilities. Choosing the perfect yarn for absorbency, beauty, buoyancy, feeling, and strength elevate the project. Stitch pattern choices create a fabric with specific characteristics, like maximum scrub-ability and boosted bubble-creation. Selecting a hook that will form a fabric of the proper density will create a sturdy but supple finished object.
As a rule, washcloths are pretty small and quick projects, making them the perfect item to carry along with you on your commute or to work on during a break at work. This characteristic further supports the essence of washcloth crochet. As with many types of crochet, it’s quick and portable! While washcloth projects could certainly be mindless, repetitive crochet, we could use washcloths with new or complex stitch patterns to expand our skill sets and learn new techniques. Both types of project have value and a place in our crochet repertoire.
While they could be decorative, washcloths also have a specific use and are needed throughout the day. Every home needs washcloths. Every person uses washcloths of some kind or another. This means they are great to crochet as there will always be someone more than happy to receive a new one (especially one handcrafted with love!)
Here are a ton of great washcloth patterns found right here on Crochet Spot!
Crocheted Cotton Washcloth Sampler (Gives a great account of making & “dressing up” washcloths as gifts.)
Crochet Pattern: Sampler Washcloth Set
Crochet Pattern: Baby Washcloth
Crochet Pattern: Goldfish Washcloth
Crochet Pattern: Easy Textured Washcloth
Crochet Pattern: Watery Ripples Dishcloth
Crochet Pattern: Granny Square Dishcloth
Crochet Pattern: 5 Absolutely Fast Dishcloths
Crochet Pattern: Absolutely Fast Dishcloth
Crochet Pattern: All Purpose Mesh Dishcloth
Free Crochet Pattern: Dishcloth with Ridges
Rachel’s First Crochet Dishcloth
Crochet. Scrub. Repeat.
So what do you think about all of this? Do you ever crochet washcloths? What is your favorite pattern? Do you think washcloths are the most elegant, essential crochet project ever? Why/why not? Please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comment below!