Rainbow Crochet Washcloth Pattern

Crochet Rainbow Washcloths

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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″)

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

Corner to Corner Rainbow Crochet 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 a rainbow crochet washcloth should so the job nicely.

rainbow washcloth crochet pattern mypoppet.com.au

rainbow washcloth crochet washcloth pattern mypoppet.com.au

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