Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Crochet Washcloths

by M. J. Joachim

Crochet washcloths are one of the easiest things to make. You can make them to use in the kitchen, as facial cloths and also for newborn babies. Using crochet 4-ply cotton and doily thread, you can enjoy a simple project that is great for personal use or to wrap up and give as a gift. Since Christmas is only a few days away, I thought this post might help you with a few last minute gifts that you can make up in no time at all.

Basic Crochet Square Kitchen Washcloth

Choose a close weave pattern to make your kitchen washcloth. Stitches like single crochet, half double crochet, ridge, spider or basket stitch work well for this. Pick coordinating colors of yarn so that your new washcloth will match the colors of the kitchen you are making it for.

You Will Need: 1 skein 4-ply cotton yarn, 1 medium size crochet hook, sewing scissors

Step 1: Choose the stitch you want to use and make a foundation chain for your square.

Step 2: Follow stitch pattern instructions to create the overall design of your kitchen washcloth.

Step 3: Measure until your kitchen washcloth is a square.

Step 4: Crochet a border or trim around your kitchen washcloth. (optional)

Step 5: Finish off and weave in loose ends.

Your new washcloth is machine washable. If you are giving it as a gift, be sure to let the receiver know that no special care is required. However, washing it with a little white vinegar the first time will help prevent it from fading. Once made, crochet kitchen washcloths last a very long time.

Personal Facial Washcloth

Personal facial washcloths can be made from thick or fine yarn, depending on your preference. You can design them to be a little fancier, using a lacier pattern, or more practical choosing a close weave pattern. They can be used as facial buffers or scrubbers; this will depend on the yarn and thread you choose. The thin strands of doily thread tend to create a rougher texture.

As with the kitchen washcloth, choose your yarn and all over pattern or design. Make your facial washcloth the appropriate size and add a decorative trim or border to it. If you make a facial scrubber, you can sew it to store bought washcloth that is soft. This way your facial washcloth will be both a skin buffer and scrubber, all in one.

Newborn Baby Washcloth
Choose your fibers carefully when making a newborn baby washcloth. You want to avoid thick cotton yarns. Your best choice is a light sport weight cotton yarn, but not doily thread. You can opt to use spools of embroidery thread because it is very soft, but you’ll need a lot of them. If you do use embroidery thread, be sure to add new thread only on the edges, and not in the middle of your project. Also be wary of dyes and chemicals used in processing it.

Use a small crochet hook to make a newborn baby washcloth. Make a small square following the pattern and design instructions of the stitch you choose. Select close weave stitches that little fingers won’t be able to poke through, tug on, or get stuck in. Prewash any newborn baby washcloth before giving it as a gift.

Thanks so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. I hope you enjoy making lots of washcloths for yourself and others.

M. J.

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