If you’ve been on the hunt for a quick crochet gift, you should give this crochet holiday washcloth a try. Maybe you’re like me, always trying to find a unique gift for friends, teachers, neighbors that doesn’t break the bank.
You are a talented crocheter and as an added bonus, you can save money by making gifts this year. After all, handmade gifts are always in style and appreciated!
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Introducing the Crochet Holiday Washcloth
There are endless ways to make this washcloth, but I was really inspired by the stripes on a candy cane. There is one red stripe and then three tiny red lines, and recreating that in a large piece was a lot of fun.
This crochet washcloth pattern uses an extended half double crochet (ehdc) stitch in a diagonal striped pattern.
If you haven’t tried the extended half double crochet stitch yet, I think you are really going to like it. The ehdc was a new stitch for me to try with this design, and I was blown away by the texture it created. There’s a small ridge in each row, making it the perfect texture for exfoliating with your favorite sugar scrub.
This is an intermediate pattern, but if you know how to half double crochet and are comfortable with color changes, I think you can tackle this one. And stripes are not a requirement. I used the Mistletoe colorway for another version and now I can’t decide which one I like better!
Crocheting in a diagonal is not as scary as it looks. In the beginning, you have to hold onto a tiny piece of fabric, but once you get past the first couple of rows, you can really start flying through this piece.
About the Stitches
Before you can get started with this washcloth, here are some details you need to know.
Skill Level: Intermediate
- Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn – Lily Sugar’n Cream Super Size
- Candy Cane Stripes: White – 80 yards, Red – 25 yards
- Solid Color: Mistletoe – 60 yards
- H-8 (5 mm) Hook
- Yarn Needle
Gauge: For this project, gauge is not important, but for reference, it is ehdc 11.5 stitches x 9 rows = 4″ square
Finished Dimensions: 8.5″ x 8.5″ (22 cm x 22 cm)
- sl st – slip stitch
- ch – chain
- ehdc – extended half double crochet
- ehdc2tog – extended half double crochet two stitches together
- ehdc3tog – extended half double crochet three stitches together
Special Stitches (with photo tutorials if needed)
ehdc – extended half double crochet
To make the ehdc – yarn over and insert your hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through three loops
ehdc2tog – extended half double crochet two together
To make the ehdc2tog – yarn over and insert your hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, insert your hook into the next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over pull through all loops on your hook
ehdc3tog – extended half double crochet three together
To make the ehdc3tog – yarn over and insert your hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, insert your hook into the next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, insert your hook into the next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over pull through all loops on your hook
- US Terms (US to UK terminology conversion)
- For the increasing rows, ch 2 at the beginning of each row counts as a stitch
- For the decreasing rows, ch 2 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch
- If desired, block washcloth after it’s completed
How to Make This Holiday Crochet Washcloth
Row 1: ehdc in 3rd ch from hook, ehdc in next ch. Turn. (3)
Row 2: ch 2, ehdc in first st, ehdc until one st remains, 2ehdc in last st. Turn. (5)
Row 3-15: Repeat Row 2. Each row will increase by 2 stitches and there should be 31 stitches at the end of Row 15.
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Row 16: ch 2, ehdc2tog, ehdc until two st remain, ehdc2tog. Turn (29)
Row 17: Repeat Row 16. Each row will decrease by 2 stitches and there should be 3 stitches at the end of Row 29.
Row 30: ch 2, ehdc3tog. Do not fasten off.
Border: ch 1, sc evenly around the entire piece, sc, ch 1, sc into the same stitch for each corner. When you get back to the beginning, ch 12 and secure with a sl st to the corner. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Candy Cane Stripes
Follow solid color pattern, but change colors according to the following:
In White, Ch 4
Row 1-3: White
Row 4: Red
Row 5: White
Row 6: Red
Row 7: White
Row 8: Red
Row 9-11: White
Row 12-14: Red
Row 15-17: White
Row 18: Red
Row 19: White
Row 20: Red
Row 21: White
Row 22: Red
Row 23-25: White
Row 26-28: Red
Row 29-30: White
Continue with the border and hanging loop using white.
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