Crocheted washcloths? Really? Yes! And in any case, if you think I've crossed the line into crafting insanity, well I can't take credit for this now popular idea of crocheting washcloths and dishcloths from 100% cotton yarn. I'll have to admit, I was a bit sceptical myself! But the more crocheted washcloths I saw, the more I realized that there must be something to it. Suddenly I found myself itching to crochet some washcloths, but without any of the right type of cotton yarn in my neck of the woods I was stumped. That is until livyahyarn.com's wonderful Lion Brand cotton yarn sale in Israel, and here you have it! A crafter's dream come true.
I really can't explain it, but these washcloths are just pure heaven, to look at that is, I haven't used them because well, I might need them as a gift! But there are those who swear by crocheted washcloths for their facial cleansing routine, and besides that there's just something so downright luxurious about the idea! I think it's a great gift for male or female alike, and unlike a sweater or scarf, these washcloths are pretty quick to whip up, maybe an hour for one, for an average crocheter, which isn't bad for a handmade gift. Of course you'll need at least three to make your gift look like something, but I think it's worth it! If not, so make some for yourself as a decoration, don't they look precious bundled up and tied with a ribbon?
- 100% cotton yarn, ideally in a nice worsted weight like the Lion Brand Cotton I used....if you live in Israel or want to send a gift to someone in Israel, so check out livyahyarn.com
- a crochet hook, sized J or appropriate size for your yarn
- a simple pattern, like the sedge stitch that I used, but there are endless possibilities!
How To: Sedge Stitch Washcloth (from lionbrand.com check 0ut their site for tons of great patterns, washcloths and everything else too!)
Row 1: Skip 2 chains (counts as single crochet), work 2 double crochet in next chain, *skip 2 chains, work (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next chain; repeat from * to last 3 chains, skip 2 chains, single crochet in last chain – 10 (single crochet, 2 double crochet) pattern repeats.
Row 2: Chain 1 (counts as single crochet), turn, 2 double crochet in first single crochet, *skip 2 double crochet, (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next single crochet; repeat from * across, single crochet in turning chain.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 10 1/2 in. (26.5 cm) from beginning. Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Use this simple pattern to make great gifts that your friends and family will just love, and they may even remember to wash their faces!