Rainbow Crochet Washcloths

Crochet Rainbow Washcloths

Rainbows make everything better. Even boring old tasks like washing up can be made less of a chore when a rainbow is involved. I had a small amount of variegated gradient cotton yarn left over from my Coil + Crochet Rainbow Basket project and thought it would be perfect to make some crochet washcloths.

The rainbow yarn was quite thin so I combined it with some vintage cotton boucle that I’ve had sitting around for a while, just waiting for the right project. Combining the 2 yarns gives the washcloths an interesting texture and I’ve used a corner to corner (C2C) crochet stitch which is perfect for showing off the colour changes in the yarn.

I’m fairly new to C2C, so I thought a washcloth would be the perfect sample project and now that I’ve made a few I’ve got the stitch down! If you have been wanting to have a go at C2C, I’ve found the best tutorial on the web to teach you.

You will need:

crochet washcloth supplies

  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • cotton 4ply (fingering) gradient yarn remnants (I’ve actually combined several ball ends, so if you don’t have gradient yarn you could change colours to create a striped effect)
  • cotton 4ply (fingering) boucle yarn or something similar
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • scissors

double up 2 thinner yarns to make a thick yarn

I’ve combined two 4 ply yarns to make an 8 ply weight yarn (DK) equivalent. Because exact gauge is not super important in this project, go ahead and use whatever you have handy that makes a nice firm fabric when crocheted. If the stitch tension feels too loose, use a smaller hook.

How to:

Finished size – 13cm x 13cm (5″x5″)

Abbreviations:
ch – Chain
dc – double crochet (US terms) same as UK treble
sl st – Slip Stitch
sts – Stitches

Corner to Corner Rainbow Washcloth Pattern

I’ve included the basic pattern and a few instructions but if you’ve never done this stitch before I recommend following this very clear Corner to Corner Tutorial which explains the process step by step. There is also a left handed version.

Increasing Rows

C2C crochet washcloth steps

Row 1: ch 5 1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook (this will create a space [sp] to crochet into later), 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch sts  (the first shell group)

Row 2: ch 5,  1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch sts (it should look like Fig.1). Flip the first shell group to allow you to work into the space created by the 2 skipped ch sts in previous row (see Fig.2). 1 sl st into the space created by the 2 skipped ch sts in the first shell group, ch 2, 3 dc into the same sp. (It should look like Fig.3)

Note: each increasing row will have the equivalent number of shell groups.

Row 3: ch 5, 1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch sts, flip work (see Fig.4&5 note that image is of 5th row but it’s the same principle). *{1 sl st into the space created by the 2 skipped ch sts in the next shell group, ch 2, 3 dc into the same sp} repeat from * until end of row.

Rows 4-8: continue as per row 3 with increases at both ends until you have 8 shell groups (see Fig.6)

Decreasing Rows

Row 9: ch 1, turn, 1 sl st into each of the next 3 dc sts, *{1 sl st around the ch 2, ch 2, 3 dc into the same sp}, repeat from * until end of row.

C2C decrease

Row 10-15: continue as per row 9 with decreases at both ends till you have only one shell group left.

To Finish: Cast off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

I had a few extra ends to weave in as I joined some extra yarn in.

rainbow washcloth crochet pattern

I hope that was clear, once you get going it’s pretty self explanatory, the trickiest part is getting your head around how the end shell groups flip over. I highly recommend checking out the link I’ve featured or looking up the technique on Youtube if you need to see someone actually doing it.

rainbow washcloth crochet pattern mypoppet.com.au

I love the textured pattern it creates especially with the nubby yarn. It’s fairly forgiving so mistakes don’t show (phew!)

rainbow washcloth crochet pattern

I intended on using these to scrub dishes in the kitchen, but Emma has claimed them as her own and wants them for face washers. She does get pretty grimy so these should so the job nicely.

rainbow washcloth crochet pattern mypoppet.com.au

rainbow washcloth crochet pattern mypoppet.com.au

 

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