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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© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a crochet group. Thank you.

58 comments:

  1. thank you so much for making this pattern available :) i like the thought of making washcloths but haven't found a pattern that screams "use these in the kitchen to wash dishes!" these do :) well played dishcloth designer, well played.

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  2. ha ha ha thankyou! I loved your comment (^-^)

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  3. Love your magic wand... wish I had one :) Thank you for the thorough video! I can't wait to try this pattern

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    1. he he thankyou for your great comment! I am so pleased you enjoyed the tutorial (^-^)

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  4. So here is your Video review for today: Your vid is very well done, explaining clearly what needs to be explained, but skipping out row after row of repeated patterns. Made it very easy to watch, and appears like something I'd like to try! And your voice is actually very easy to listen to as well. Well done! :-D

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    1. Why thank you very much for your great review! (^-^)

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  5. Dear Laura,
    I just love this pattern and video. Your voice and manner of teaching is wonderful. I'm on my 2nd dishcloth and lots of friends and family want 1 or 2. So here is my question: Could you demonstrate in pics or video how you "tie off the ends of the color changes". I've been experimenting and want it to look neat and tidy but be strong. I'm using a fingering weight cotton, Paton's Grace, and I want to be sure these dishcloths don't come undone in the washer and dryer.

    I's appreciate any direction you might give.
    Thank you again for this dishcloth pattern and video.

    Sharon in Washington, Michigan USA

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    1. Hi Sharon, In the video I demonstrate roughly how I tie in my ends, I do it fairly quickly because of video time constraints but I basically just thread the ends back into their adjoining colour and then back the way I came as it were, this seems to work fairly well for me. I will look to doing a video on this specifically in time so do keep and eye out for that!
      Thank you so much for you very kind feedback, I was delighted to read that you are enjoying making them for friends and family. (^-^)

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  6. Hi Laura
    I've only been hearing about you on facebook since last week and therefore have been looking at your blog. I'm loving your crochet tartan plaid wash cloths. I was hoping that you wouldn't mind me selling the finished item? I don't know how to do the linking thing, but I could put your blogspot address back to the pattern for them selves and in that way they'll get to look at your facebook page and your email shop. The one thing I can't work out how to do. How or where do I find the area where I enter my email address so that I get an email whenever you post? I have a few blogs that I follow on a daily basis and they just pop up in my email inbox. Look forward to hearing from you soon and please keep up the beautiful work you do. I see my name written all over your Beach Boho Bag. Help, save me. LOL
    Cheers, Leah

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    1. Hi Leah, thank you for your very kind comment. I will have to find the email address thing myself, I'll see if its in my add-ons for my blog!
      As for selling items made from my patterns, that is absolutely fine! Don't worry too much about linking back, a simple credit to HappyBerry is fine, you can always add in my website address which is www.happyberry.co.uk if you would like to.
      Thanks again for your great comment!
      Kind regards
      Laura

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    2. Ok I've added the follow by email function! You should see it now at the top of my blog. Hope that helps! (^-^)

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  7. Super cute!! I featured a link to your pattern this morning on Moogly - thank you for sharing it! http://www.mooglyblog.com/10-free-plaid-crochet-patterns/

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    1. Aww thank you so much Tamara! Very sweet of you and I am so happy you liked them enough to share. (^-^)

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  8. Row 2 should say:
    1dc in 4th chain from hook, 1dc in next 2 st.
    I'm going to make one of these today ... I love it! Thanks for the nice pattern!

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  9. Hi Debbie, no the pattern should not say that as that would give you 4 dc's at the beginning (as you include the chains as a dc) and we need 3 each end :) but I hope you enjoy making the pattern!

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  10. Oops ... I see now that I've actually started one! Sorry 'bout that! :)

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    1. he he that's ok! It's good to keep me on my toes (^-^)

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  11. I am having a hard time finding DK/Light worsted weight 100% cotton yarn. Am I just not looking in the right place? I have found worsted weight 100% cotton yarn but I believe that is thicker?

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    1. A good place to find DK/Light worsted weight cotton yarn is www.deramores.com, they ship all over the world too. Tell them I sent you if you use them!

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    2. I can't find DK/Light either. Worsted weight is 4ply. Can not find it on Deramores website. They don't list any type of cotton as "light weight". Just worsted weight . Do you have the brand name? I have worsted weight 4ply cotton at home, but seems to be heavier. Can you help?

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    3. I am having trouble finding the yarn also. I live in the U.S.

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    4. I found Sinfonia - a sport weight 100% cotton at Hobby Lobby and it is working very well. Also heard Bernat has Cotton-ish which is a dk cotton and sold at Joann's Fabrica

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  12. So I get really confused about properly increasing the size of a crochet project: "For adjusting size, work to units of 8 + 1 (+2 for chaining)." Looking at the original initial chain count of 67, is it multiples of 8 (here it would be 8) +1 +2 for a total of 67? so if I wanted it twice as long it would be 131 initial chain count (128 for 16 multiples of 8 +1 +2?) I want to try making a matching hand towel and just want to make sure I do it right!

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    1. Ok so let me think... first thing to do is multiply up your 8 so if you are looking to double up ... as 64 is the basis for this sized washcloth (adding 1 then 2 to get 67) we can use 128 yes, now we add 1 to get 129, and now 2 for our chain row so the number we start with is 131 which agrees with what you have! Yes! So yes I would go with 131 for a pattern twice the size, good luck and happy crocheting!

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  13. I was looking for how to make tartan plaid and your video came up. I'm so glad I watched it because you explained it so well and it's a terrific finished product! I'm converting the pattern into an infinity scarf as a Christmas present! thank you so much!

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    1. You are so welcome! I am happy that you found this pattern useful and I bet an infinity scarf made from it would look amazing :)

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  14. Hi, HBerry. I' would like to make some facecloth, spa cloth or what ever they call the one to wash your face. But I don't want it to look like a kitchen towel. What would I do?

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  15. Thanks so much for the great pattern. I can't wait to make this. I'm kind of new to following patterns and matching up the right yarn so I wanted to ask if the standard Sugar'n Cream yarn (4-ply) would work for this pattern or would that be too thin?

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  16. What brand of dk cotton yarn do you buy?

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  17. Hi Laura,
    Found your site on Pinterest while looking at the turtle pattern. So cute! The Tartan Plaid dishcloths are gorgeous and can't wait to watch the video and make some :) Looking forward to checking out the rest of your site.
    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.
    Susan from Chapman, Maine USA

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  18. Thanks for the pattern. I love these.

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  19. To make 4 colors and 3 spaces would the formula be 10+2+1?

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  20. Hi Laura, could I just continue on this pattern to make a scarf?

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  21. I chained 27 to make a scarf. I used worsted weight yarn and an h hook.

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  22. Ooooh I'd love to make a scarf with this....hmmmmmm.....

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  23. Nice video! I made this washcloth and it came out really big. I used a 3.25 hook as I don't have a 3 mm hook. I used peaches and creme yarn. Ideas on how to make it smaller? Smaller hook?

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    1. Same thing here. I can only find worsted weight cotton and used "H" hook. Am making dish towel with that size. I don't know where to purchase lighter yarn unless on line.

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    2. Same thing here. I can only find worsted weight cotton and used "H" hook. Am making dish towel with that size. I don't know where to purchase lighter yarn unless on line.

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  24. Because it's so easy to post things on the Internet, there are LOTS of half-thought-out instructions and videos out there. I can't tell you how many things I've dropped in frustration because I'm not psychic and the designer left out steps or described them poorly. THIS video and accompanying instructions, however, is the Gold Standard! Everyone who posts crochet patterns could take a lesson from you. Awesome instructions! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    1. Your comment really blew me away, thank you so much for your amazing feedback, it really means a lot to me. I am so happy that you enjoy my work and rate it so highly!! (^-^)

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  25. Oops. When I asked about UK vs. US stitches, I had not seen your note on the left that it is all in US terminology. Thanks.

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  26. Just found your great pattern! Have never done plaid before, so I look forward to doing this. Could you tell me how much yarn you use to make one dishcloth? I found a DK weight cotton/linen blend I'd like to try (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/CotLin_DK_Yarn__D5420162.html) but have no idea how much to buy for the main color. Thank you from Michigan, USA!

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  27. Laura, I forgot to ask about crochet hook size. In the US, we don't have 3mm hooks. They go from 2.75mm/C or 3.25mm/D. Which would you advise be the best one to use to get a dishcloth close to the size you make? Thanks!

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    1. I personally would use the smaller hook but depends on the size of yarn you're using. I used Patins Grace. Hope this helps.

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  28. Laura these are great! I started making one and on row 5 I realized how big this washcloth is! Then, my brilliant self, noticed that it is dk yarn. I have worsted weight. Going to frog and try to figure out how to make smaller so I can use the yarn I have :)
    Thank you so much for this pattern!

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  29. If you come across some patterns like this that are knitted, I'd love you to the moon!

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    1. Yes, I would be interested also. This is a beautiful crochet pattern. Would there be one that is both crocheted & knitted in one?

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  30. Are there any patterns out like this beautiful one for a kitchen towel?

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  31. Love this pattern and your video was excellent. I made my first dishcloth today with Sinfonia - 100% sport weight cotton. I wove the ends in on each row as I crocheted. Plan to make many for Christmas presents - thank you for the pattern.

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  32. Beautiful plaid crochet pattern! I'm going to have to try this pattern soon. Thank you for sharing the pattern free.

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  33. Can I Assume your directions are what is called English instead of American?

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  34. I loved too make the first cloth, now I am busy on my tenth one, in all colors, thank you for the good tutoring!

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  35. Thank you for this. I love the cloths and hope to make them soon!

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