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Welcome to post #2 in my Crochet Washcloth Series! Did you get a chance to make my first pattern? Check out the Grit Stitch Washcloth!
So why a series about washcloths you ask? Well, as I learned to crochet, I made a lot of them. And I gave a lot as gifts. But I only gave away the nicely finished ones of course – you know, like when you cut baked goods to give as gifts: you give the nice ones away and only get to eat the rejects of broken cookies and mushed up brownies. The same went for my washcloths – I only got to keep the ugly ones and the ones that were imperfect. Through this trial and error of using the “rejects”, I found which were my favorite to use in the kitchen as well as my favorite to crochet!
I discovered this stitch, the moss stitch (also called the granite stitch), when the crochet world was abuzz about “Planned Pooling”, but that’s a story for a different day! It is a very easy stitch, but so satisfying in its symmetry and makes a very stretchy and pliable washcloth. It would work fine for dishes, but this washcloth would be lovely gifted with soaps to be used as a facecloth too.
Moss stitch is a very easy combination of single crochet and chain stitches and is described below, but if you want a good tutorial, please visit Moogly Blog here for a more detailed description.
sc: single crochet
Row 1: sc in the 4th ch from the hook, *ch 1, skip the next ch, sc in the next ch; repeat from * until 2 ch remain, skip the next ch, sc in the last ch, turn. (35)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first ch space, *ch 1, skip the next st, sc in the next ch space; repeat until 2 st remains, ch 1, skip next st and sc into the last st, turn. (35)
Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired length. Depending on your yarn, hook and gauge, the row number will vary, but mine is usually 33 rows.
Tip: I usually fold my project in half diagonally to check how “square” it is. You can also measure each side to ensure they are equal.
Finishing: Ch 1, sc in the corner. Continue down the side of the washcloth, sc in each stitch. In the next corner stitch sc, ch 1, sc. Continue around entire project, repeating the corner pattern (sc, ch 1, sc) on each corner until you’ve completed a row all around your project. Join with slip stitch to the first ch.