Free Pattern · Washcloth Collection 2021

Washcloth #16 HDC 3 LO

The HDC 3 LO stitch (or HDC in the 3rd loop only) is a great stitch for all kinds of projects from scarves to bags to garments. It’s an easy stitch made by simply changing the position of the stitch.

The third loop is the extra loop created which lies below the front and back loops.

This is a washcloth that would be a great all purpose cloth. You can see the whole collection here to find the perfect washcloth for whatever use you can imagine!

There are two ways to access this pattern. One is for free right here on the blog (just scroll down). The other is by purchasing it. It is available on Ravelry or on Lovecrafts for a small fee. Purchasing these patterns is a great way to enable me to continue publishing free patterns here. The PDF is ad-free and is great for couch crocheting or popping into your project bag to take on a road trip or to keep in the car for those spare moments throughout the day.


This washcloth has a unique pattern created by crocheting in the third loop only. The third loop is the extra bar created which lies below the front and back loops. The HDC is my favorite stitch because there are so many different looks possible depending on where you put your hook. The texture this stitch creates is great for a washcloth, but also for a scarf or bags!


Gauge (tension) isn’t very important in this project. For reference, my gauge is 18 HDC and 13 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 8 inches.


ch = chain

st = stitch

sp = space

HDC = Half Double Crochet

HDC 3 LO = Half Double Crochet worked in 3rd loop only

* * = Repeat what is in asterisks the indicated number of times


About 65 – 85 yards of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Pale Lilac or any #4 cotton or cotton blend.

A 4.0 mm (F) hook

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitch markers if desired.


Ch 42

1. HDC in the third ch and across. Turn.

2. Loosely ch 2 (or you can ch 3)

HDC3LO in the next stitch and across to last stitch. HDC in the last stitch.

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.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern. See you next week!


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