Sunday, 4 August 2013

How To - Crochet Tartan Plaid Wash Cloths

I do love designing wash cloths because they give you such a wonderful opportunity to test out new crochet stitches and patterns you haven't used or tried before.



So today I bring you some tartan plaid patterned wash cloths to try! Why not make some in traditional family colours, maybe sports club colours or just baby fresh colours. The choices are endless and they make such fantastic gifts for that special someone.

You can watch my video tutorial on how to make these wash cloths here. Written pattern is below (^-^)


You will need;
  • DK/Light worsted weight 100% cotton yarn in white (of course you don't have to use white but white here is the base colour)
  • DK/Light worsted weight 100% cotton yarn in two alternate colours
  • 3.0mm crochet hook or similar
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Finished item using suggested materials makes a 11" x 10.5" wash cloth approx.

For adjusting size, work to units of 8 + 1 (+2 for chaining)

W = white
AC1 = alternate colour 1
AC2 = alternate colour 2

Row 1
Using W, ch67

Row 2
1dc in 4th chain from hook, 1dc in next st, *ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, 1dc in next 4 sts* repeat from * to * until last 6 sts, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1, 1dc in last 3 sts - (65)

Row 3
Ch3 (count as dc here and throughout), 1dc in next 2 sts, *ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, 1dc in next 4 sts* repeat from * to * until last 6 sts, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next 2 sts, 1dc in top of chains - (65)

Row 4
Ch3 (count as dc here and throughout), 1dc in next 2 sts, *ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, 1dc in next 4 sts* repeat from * to * until last 6 sts, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1, 1dc in next 2 sts, 1dc in top of 3ch joining AC1 in last part of dc st (so start your last dc as normal but when yarning over to finish your dc, crocheting through the last 2 loops, join your new colour instead of using the white) - (65)

Row 5
Repeat row 4 but join AC2 in last part of dc st - (65)

Row 6
Repeat row 4 but join W in last part of dc st - (65)

Rows 7 - 9
Repeat row 4 but join AC1 in last part of dc st on row 9 - (65)

Row 10
Repeat row 5

Row 11
Repeat row 6

Row 12 - 31
Repeat rows 7 - 11 until you have 6 sets of 3 rows of white and 2 rows of alternate colours.

Rows 32 - 34
Repeat row 4 but do not join new colour on last row, instead fasten off and tie in all tails.

Ok! So now for the fun part.

Row 1
  • Using AC2 join your yarn in your first skipped chain on your foundation chain row
  • Put your hook through the chain space above and hook your yarn through from the back
  • Work a slip stitch through the loop on your hook
  • Repeat this up your wash cloth, putting your hook through each chain space up and hooking your yarn through from the back and slip stitching as you go.
  • When at the top finish by placing your hook through the ch1 on your last row and pulling your yarn through from the back again, slip stitch through the loop on your hook to finish
  • Fasten off.
  • (NOTE* Do not slip stitch into the skipped chains between the first and last skipped chain and ch1, you just need to work through the chain spaces. See video if unsure. Also make sure not to crochet your slip stitches too tightly as your work may scrunch up, so after each slip stitch pull your yarn up slightly to meet the next chain space.)

Row 2
Using AC1 join your yarn in your second skipped chain along your foundation chain row, repeat row 1 above to complete your second plaid row.

Rows 3 - 16
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for each skipped stitch chain spaces in your work, working up in the opposite direction of your main wash cloth rows. Make sure to start row 3 in AC2 and row 4 will be in AC1 etc etc.

Finishing
Tie in all your tails and enjoy!



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