Crochet Pattern: Ribbed Mitered Square Tawashi

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – 19 Comments
This useful item combines three of my favorite things in crochet: texture, miter squares and tawashis (hence its very straightforward name).

If you haven’t done a mitered square before, then you’re in for a treat. I love how it is worked back and forth in rows, and end up looking like a perfectly symmetrical square at the end of each row. So, if you’re not satisfied with the size you have, it’s easy to adjust the size–just stop whenever you feel it’s done!

So even if this pattern is for a tawashi, it’s easy to change into a dishcloth, potholder, or kitchen towel of the size you want–just add or decrease rows.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 7″ wide x 8″ tall

100% Acrylic Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: 8 sc stitches x 8 sc rows = 2″

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Crochet Pattern: Ribbed Mitered Square Tawashi

Ch 5, join with sl st in first ch made to form a ring, ch 1 (does not count as stitch here and throughout), 10 sc into ring, sl st into first sc: 10 sc

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in next sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc, sc in next sc, turn: 4 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only (blo), sc in each sc until ch-2 space is reached, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 space, sc in each sc across, turn: 6 sc

Rows 3 -14: Repeat row 2, with each row increasing the stitch count by 2 sc. There will be 30 sc at the end of row 14

Row 15: Ch 1, working in blo, sc in each sc until ch-2 space is reached, 3 sc in ch-2 space, sc in each sc across

Finish off and weave in ends.

Enjoy! If you need anything, just leave a comment below.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Love this simple tawashi. I also love making them, and have devoted Tuesdays on my blog to do just that. Thanks for sharing!

  2. marinahunny says:

    i never heard about tawashi. what can we do wit this tawashi? btw its very nice..;)

  3. Shannon says:

    marinahunny, Tawashi is the Japanese word for scrubbie. They can be used for anything that you would scrub… pots and pans, bathtubs, and if you get a soft enough yarn (such as a cotton or cotton blend), you can use them on your face and body.

    In Japan, tawashis are made of acrylic yarn… the rougher the better. I use tawashis on my pots and pans and I absolutely love them!!! They scrub extremely well, and when I’m done, I can throw them in the wash!

    So, if you’ve never tried a tawashi, you should. I guarantee that you’ll love them.

  4. Kerrie says:

    I love this pattern! Can’t wait to try one! Thanks!

  5. Susan Wheeler says:

    Ah, no print button:( Are you able to add one? Would love to see it. Gotta try this pattern, looks really neat.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Susan, all pages on Crochet Spot are coded to be printer friendly, so you can use the print function in your internet browser to print the page and it’ll come out neatly without all the boxes on the side.

  6. Marlena says:

    So great an idea! I wonder if using my sisal twine would be a good idea? It would take a bit of working with such a rough medium, however I bet it would make a great tawashi, for vegetables maybe? LOL 😀 Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern. Great gift idea….

  7. Susan Wheeler says:

    Thanks Rachel. The print worked. Yeah, now I’m sit comfortably and try it. I also love those animal coasters and may have to give them a try. I have never done oragami(or whatever it’s called), but they are very cute.

  8. madebykate says:

    thanks for sharing!
    i’ll try it

  9. Liza says:

    Shannon; I just love your description of a tawashi! It sounds like a thneed — the thing everyone needs — from Then Lorax. LOL! Thanks for informing me and making my day at the same time!

  10. Liza says:

    Oops — I meant “The Lorax”

  11. Ann says:

    Today I did not print off the Craft of the Day from Martha Stewart. I did, however, print two of Rachel’s patterns from her newsletter. What does that tell you about the quality of Rachel’s patterns. Thanks Rachel…keep up the good work.

  12. carole castle says:

    Young lady you are just terrific! You are talented, imaginative, and EVER so helpful! Its so very nice to see young women who care, and are willing to give of their time, and their handicraft. Your help to me will provide someone homeless, or in need this winter, with much needed warmth.
    We all should, no matter our age or health, help another person. Never say there is nothing i can do~not true! As the loving nun, now deceased, Mother Theresa once said, “God doesn’t require great deeds, only small deeds done with great love”. How true! Thank you again so much. Carole.

  13. Jean says:

    I want to make a baby blanket from this pattern. Can you tell me how to get started? How many stitches do I begin with etc. I would appreciate your help. Thank you!!

    • Claire says:

      Hello Jean! You can start by: Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn … And then proceed to row 1 of the pattern, working the stitches in the back loops only. Make as many rows as you want, as per the pattern directions. Stop when you think the item is big enough. Maybe add a pretty edging all around? It’s up to you. 🙂 Have fun and good luck with the project!

  14. Glamay says:

    I love… I love this pattern!

  15. mary i says:

    little late in getting here.. I just made this pattern in some of my “old-stash” It is Great!!! I love Tawashis. they are a quick fix in between my larger works. like the comment about thneeds….

  16. Sandra says:

    Thank you very much for your free tutorial. I love this pattern!

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