Simplest Washcloth

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Cotton hand-crocheted washcloths or dishcloths feel extravagant to me. Sometimes the simplest of things are the most luxurious. I think they fascinate me because I grew up with cello sponges for dishes and terrycloth washcloths for faces. There is nothing wrong there, I just find crocheted washcloths beautiful, functional, and oh so affordable to create. You can wash them in blazing hot water...and they last forever. I dream of having a stack of them, folded prettily--just waiting to mop up a messy face or scrub the breakfast table. The best part is that having a stack of these babies cost you very little more than time. That's time in the car, time watching a movie...time when you can use your mind on other things while your fingers supply your collection of dishcloths.

I made up the most basic of designs; simple but chic (my favorite combo!)

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...cream with variegated edging in muted earth tones. Here are the directions. (I'm no pattern maker, so bear with me):

Simplest Washcloth

5.00 mm crochet needle Gauge: Not critical but mine measured 4 stitches=inch Cream 100% cotton yarn Variegated 100% cotton yarn

Chain 30.

Row 1: Chain one. Single crochet in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to the end. Turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, and turn.

Repeat Row 2 until desired size is reached, a total of 30 rows for a square. Fasten off and weave in end.

For edging, since crochet around entire square washcloth using variegated yarn Fasten off and weave in end.

That's it!

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