The Posts & Clusters Washcloth is one of the most heavily textured washcloths of the collection. It looks really intricate but is not hard at all.
The texture comes from post stitches and clusters, both of which add texture on their own. When they’re combined they become the main feature instead of an accent.
The texture means that this washcloth has plenty of scrubbing power. It would be great for counters or even dishes! You can see the whole collection here to find the perfect washcloth for whatever use you can imagine!
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The Posts & Clusters washcloth has very pronounced texture created by combining sections of post stitches with small cluster pairs. It has great scrubbing power and looks very elaborate while being fairly simple to make.
• GAUGE & SIZING:
Gauge (tension) isn’t very important in this project. For reference, my gauge is 10 DC and 3 clusters and 6 rows per 4″.
Play around with hook sizes until you find one that makes a fabric you like. This pattern is written to produce a washcloth that is roughly 8 inches by 10 inches unblocked.
• ABBREVIATIONS & STITCHES USED:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sp = space
DC = double crochet
V stitch = (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in same sp or st
FPDC = Front post DC: Work DC as usual but work except around the post of the next st below, inserting hook from the front right and hook exiting from the back left.
* * = Repeat what is in asterisks the indicated number of times
( ) = Work all in the same sp or st.
About 100 yards of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Raspberry or any #4 cotton or cotton blend.
A 4.0 mm (F) hook
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Stitch markers if desired.
1. DC in 4th chain from hook and in each of the next 3 chains.
*Sk 1, V st in next. Sk 1, DC in each of the next 5 chains.*
Repeat to end. Turn.
2. Ch 3 (counts as a stitch). FPDC around each of the next 4 DC.
*Sk 2 DC, V st in ch 2 sp. Sk 2 DC. 1 FPDC around each of the next 5 DC*
Repeat 2 until piece reaches stated measurements or desired size.
Weave in your ends:
Thread the needle with one yarn tail. Weave the needle back through several stitches, about an inch. Turn and go back through, beginning in the second stitch from needle. Repeat once more. Repeat with any other yarn tails. Snip the tails.
That’s all there is to it! A thick, chunky washcloth that is wonderful for doing the dishes or wiping the counter. You could even use it to exfoliate in the shower although I wouldn’t recommend using it on baby skin.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun pattern. See you next week!