Saturday, October 11

Crochet Pattern: My Favorite Cleaning Cloth

Just in case you need a reason to spend the day curled up on the couch, here's my favorite scrubby cleaning cloth pattern.

It's similar to my favorite dishcloth, except it's smaller and thicker. I've actually taken to calling them "half-doubles" because they're half the size and double the thickness of the standard dishcloths we use. They're a bit too thick for washing dishes, I think. But they're perfect for cleaning the bathroom or washing the floor when it gets done the old fashioned way, with a bucket and on your hands and knees.

And, the beauty of it is, it works up super fast. As in, I could make several in an afternoon spent on the couch watching movies. :-)

It's a great pattern for using up those little bits of cotton yarn that are leftover from other projects.

Using kitchen cotton yarn, holding 2 strands together throughout, and a size J hook (feel free to size up or down to suit your needs)

The finished cleaning cloth is about 6" square.

Chain 18

Make 2 DC in 3rd ch from hook. Skip 2 ch, then SC in next ch. *Skip 2 ch, 4 DC in next ch, skip 2 ch, SC in next ch* Repeat ** until end of row. Ch2, turn.
2 DC in first st (last sc of the last row). SC in the center of the 4DC-cluster (insert hook between the 2nd and 3rd DC). *4DC in next SC. SC in center of the next 4DC-cluster* Repeat ** until end of row. Ch2, turn.

Continue in this pattern until you have completed 10 rows.

At the end of the 10th row, ch 1, turn.

next row: sc in each stitch to corner (14sc). Ch 1. Make 14 sc along each of the remaining 3 sides with one ch in each corner. Then connect to the first sc with a sl st. Ch1, turn.

NOTE: The bottom edge where the beginning foundation chain is contains a couple extra stitches. Just skip a few for a total of 14 sts.

Picot edge:

Sc in first st. Ch 3, sl st in the same sp as the sc you just made. *SC in the next 3 sts. Ch 3, sl st in the sam sp as the last sc.* Repeat ** until you've covered all 4 sides. Connect last st to first sc with a sl st. Bind off.

NOTE: You could skip the picot edge and just do a few rows of SC all the way around (remember to add one chain stitch in each corner).

Weave in loose ends.


Tiarnna said...

Adding to my to make list. You know, I only just started allowing myself to use that dish cloth within the last month that I made?? LOL I think I made mine too big though. It gets a bit awkward. That and I never weaved in (wove?) my thread tails. LOL

Kathryn said...

Great post, Thanks for the dishcloth pattern.
Kathryn x

Charity Grace said...

Hmmmm, all these pretty homemade cloths I'm seeing around is giving me the itch to work with yarn. Maybe it's a fall thing!

Thimbleanna said...

These look very cool Danielle -- thanks for sharing the pattern!

GrammyGoo said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern D, I am going to give it a try.

Angela said...

I am going to try this pattern soon. I love your blog. It is one of the very 1st ones I started reading. It is so inspiring! And our families live pretty close, too. BTW, you've been tagged. See rules on my blog.

Libby Buttons said...

O Thank you for sharing! I am a crocheting addict and always searching for new patterns and things to make.

Anonymous said...

OOO can't wait to try it Dannielle! I was just gearing up to make some of your dishcloths. Now I gotta make a few of these too.

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