Beautiful Waistcoat Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern


One thing I really enjoy about crocheting is combining different stitches to create pretty texture and eye catching designs. The Beautiful Waistcoat Washcloth uses two stitches, the waistcoat stitch and the even moss stitch to create a lovely little project. For those that need a refresher I have included a quick tutorial for each within the pattern. There’s also links to more thorough walk-throughs if you’re learning these stitches for the first time. *Update: as of April 30th, 2024, this pattern is now available for free on my website!*

Find the free crochet pattern below…

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– This pattern is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– Gauge is not important with this pattern. Finished piece with edging measures approximately 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches.
– The waistcoat stitch is naturally dense and tight. Keeping a moderately loose tension will be helpful when making those stitches.
– Turning CH does not count as a stitch
– Special stitch tutorials are included within the pattern
– When working the rows containing the waistcoat stitch, the first and last stitches of the rows are a traditional single crochet. It will look like you are skipping over the last “V” because you are placing the single crochet into the top of the stitch instead

Materials Needed:
– Approximately 90 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn (I used WeCrochet/Knit Picks Dishie). If you haven’t worked with this amazing yarn, check out my review here: Dishie Worsted Cotton Yarn Review
– 5mm hook (The purple hook seen in the photos is no longer available however, this adorable Dots hook and Ebony hook are fab!)
Yarn needle
Measuring tape

CH – Chain
SS – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
WC – Waistcoat Stitch
HDC – Half Double Crochet

Special Stitch Tutorial:
Even Moss Stitch (rows 1-5) –
In the first stitch, place 1 SS and 1 HDC into the next stitch. Repeat across the row, always starting and ending with SS.
Detailed Tutorial: Click here

Waistcoat Stitch (rows 7-10) – For this design, you will be working into the back of the stitch (it will be facing you). Make one single crochet between the posts of the upside down “V”, under the horizontal bar of each SC from the previous row. Stitch placement photo can be found on page 4.
Detailed Tutorial: Click here

CH 30 and begin row one in the second CH from your hook.

Rows 1-5:
Into the first stitch place 1 SS. Into the second stitch, place 1 HDC. Repeat this stitch alternation across the row, ending with a SS. CH 1 and turn.

(15 SS, 14 HDC = 29 stitches)

Row 6:
Into the first stitch and each stitch across, place 1 SC. CH 1 and turn.

(29 SC stitches)

Rows 7-10:
Into the first stitch, place 1 SC (into the top of the stitch as usual). In each of the next 27 stitches, place 1 WC stitch. In the final stitch, place 1 SC (into the top of the stitch as usual). CH 1 and turn. [Photos of stitch placement are on the next page]

(2 SC, 27 WC = 29 stitches)

Repeat rows 1-10, two more times.

Rows 31-35:
Repeat rows 1-5. After completing row 35, do not chain 1 and turn.

Into the same stitch as the last SS, make 2 SC.  This will create a corner curve around to the next edge. Evenly place 1 SC around all edges working 3 SC stitches into each corner stitch space. Place 1 SC into the same stitch where you began your edging. SS into the top of the beginning SC of the round. Fasten off and weave in ends. Great job! Your “Beautiful Waistcoat Washcloth” is complete!

I love designing washcloth patterns. They’re fun little projects and a great way to learn new techniques and stitches. Before you go, check you my other washcloth designs:

My testers really enjoyed this pattern and for some, this was the first time using these stitches. I think they all did a fabulous job:


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