The Compress Washcloth is an easy washcloth pattern with a tough texture that is modelled after a traditional knit washcloth.
I like the single crochet compress stitch. It is a dense crochet stitch which means it takes a little bit longer to work, but it creates a beautiful solid fabric that would work well in a variety of projects such as this wash cloth. The dense texture means that it is fairly tough and great for scrubbing. Although I work the cloth solely in cotton in this tutorial, it would be interesting to try along side some Scrubby yarn to give it some added power.
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This crochet washcloth pattern is worked using a worsted weight 100% cotton yarn. In the photo above I have used a Bernat Handicrafter cotton. In the full free video tutorial below you will see me using a Pima Cotton by Lion Brand. I paired the yarn with a 5 mm crochet hook, shown in the video is a Birchwood hook by Rowan Yarns.
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The Compress Crochet Washcloth:
Skill Level: Easy
Gauge: 10 sts x 13 rows = 4 inches
Finished Size: 7 x 7 inches
Yarn: Approximately 80 yards of your favourite worsted weight cotton. Yarn Shown: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton™ (100% cotton; solids: 50 g / 1.75 oz, 73 meters / 80 yards; 4 – Medium/Worsted weight).
Hook: Size 5 mm (H/8) Crochet Hook.
Notions: Yarn Needle.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Lp – loop
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc2tog – Single Crochet Two Stitches Together
Sk – Skip
Sl st – Slip stitch
Sp – space
Yo – Yarn over
- Pattern is written in American English terms.
- Pattern is worked in rows.
- Ch 1 at beginning of row does not count as a st.
- Weave in ends as needed
Free Crochet Pattern:
Row 1: Beginning in the 2nd ch from your hook, sc2tog, *ch 1, sc2tog; Rpt from * across to the final st, ch 1, sc in the final st. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: *Sc2tog inserting your hook into the first sc and next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sc2tog inserting your hook in the next st and ch-1sp; Rpt from * across, ch 1, sc in the final st. Ch 1 and turn.
Rows 3-20: Repeat row 2.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Join yarn with a sl st in the top righthand corner.
Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), [*sk the next st, dc in the next st] across to your corner st. [dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc] into the corner st. Repeat the above steps around evenly working the dc, ch 1, sk 1 across your rough edges. Join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the starting ch 4. Ch 1, do not turn.
Rnd 2: Sc in each ch-1 sp and st around working 2 sc in each corner dc. Join with a sl st in the first st.
Fasten off, weave in your ends.