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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