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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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Two crochet washcloths, one worked in green yarn and another worked in brown yarn

The Materials:

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.

A crochet washcloth displayed alongside a wooden spoon

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Two crochet washcloths worked in green and brown yarn

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 Notes:

  • 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:

Ch 26.

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.


Video Tutorial:


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