This year I have become hooked on crochet. I’ve made several afghans, hats, and scarves but this past week I decided to make some crochet washcloths. The great thing about washcloths is that they don’t take long to crochet and are cheap to make since they only take 1 skein. Now that I’ve seen how quick and easy they are to make, I think I’ll be making more to use in our house and give as gifts.
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Easy Crochet Washcloths Gift Ideas
Which yarn works best for washcloths?
I bought some cotton yarn to make my washcloths because of how absorbant the fibers are. I chose bright colors that remind me of spring! But the thing I love about crochet is that there are no official rules. Try different yarns and see what you like best.
Which stitch is best?
Washcloths typically need a tight stitch since the water will make the washcloth expand and stretch. The simple single crochet is often used for crocheted washcloths because it makes such a tight weave. However, I have been experimenting with the double crochet basketweave stitch and love the way it turned out!
The only problem with the basketweave is that when it gets wet the weave really stretches out. So although it is beautiful, it may not be the most practical washcloth. Once you wash and dry the cloth, the fibers expand again and look fine.
For my next washcloths, I have been using the half double crochet. This stitch is tighter and helps the washcloth hold together better when it is used.
How large should they be?
Washcloths are typically 7 or 9 inch squares, though you can make them larger if you want to.
Washcloth Gift Ideas
Pair your handmade washcloth with a bar of soap and wrap it with a simple piece of jute twine.
Add a tube of body lotion, some lip balm and add them to a small jute basket.
Make multiple washcloths, roll them together and gift them in a small jute basket.
Have you ever crocheted washcloths? Do you have any favorite yarn or pattern that you use for your crafty creations? I’d love to hear!
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