This fun summer dishcloth crochet pattern is part of the 2019 Washcloth Crochet Along hosted in the CAL Central Facebook Group.
The Yarn: Paintbox Cotton Dk
Paintbox yarns by Love Crafts sent us designers some of their Cotton DK yarn to use for our washcloths. I had never used this yarn before so I was pretty excited to try it out. This is a #3/DK weight yarn so it is a little thinner than the typical cotton I make dishcloths out of so I was a little apprehensive about it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I might make all my dishcloths out of DK yarn now.
Paintbox Cotton DK is super soft and I love how lightweight it is. Plus it comes in a bazillion amazing colors. I chose bubblegum pink, buttercup yellow and raspberry pink. You can find Paintbox Cotton DK on Lovecrafts.com.
Read this for tips, tricks and more about my design process
This stitch looks a little complicated but it really isn’t. Its all about stitch placement. Your post stitches are worked in the stitch 2 rows below. So on row 3 (the first post stitch row), you’ll double crochet 2 times then front post treble crochet around the 3rd stitch in, 2 rows below. These drop-down post stitches create a plaid effect when worked in multiple colors.
You can look at the close-up of the washcloth below to see for yourself how the stitches are positioned. Plus look at all that awesome texture!!
Actually, to be honest I had a hard time coming up with a design for this washcloth! I’ve been doing so many squares for our 2019 Stash Busting CAL that I just couldn’t decide on a stitch haha. I must have started over at least 6 times with different stitches. Then I spotted this drop-down post stitch in my Crocheter’s Skill-Building Resource book and I knew I had to use it.
Ok, let’s get to it.
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Broken Stripes Dishcloth Free Crochet Pattern
Paintbox Cotton DK yarn in 2 or 3 colors (I used Raspberry Pink, Bubblegum Pink, and Buttercup Yellow)
3.5mm crochet hook
Needle to weave in ends
Gauge and Sizing
Gauge: 9 dc x 6 rows = 2 in
Finished size: 6.5in x 6.5in
I use US Terminology
Dc: double crochet
Fptr: front post treble crochet
RS: right side6
Ch 2 does not count as a stitch
You can work this in a solid color or stripes. I made mine by changing color every 2 rows.
29 stitches in each row.
Ch 31 to start
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (29 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and in each st across. Turn.
Row 3: Change color and ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and in next st. *Fptr in next st 2 rows below. (Dc in next, Fptr in next st 2 rows below) 2 times, Dc in next 5. Repeat from * 1 more time. Fptr in next st 2 rows below. (Dc in next, Fptr in next st 2 rows below) 2 times, Dc in last 2. Turn
Row 4: Ch 2, Dc in same st as ch 2 and in each st across. Turn
Row 5: Change color and ch 2, Dc in same st as ch 2 and in next 6 sts. *Fptr in next st 2 rows below. (Dc in next, Fptr in next st 2 rows below) 2 times, Dc in next 5. Repeat from * 1 more time. Dc in last 2 sts. Turn
Rows 6-20: Repeat rows 2-5.
After last row, finish off and weave in ends.
And that’s it! I can’t wait to see your dishcloths!
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