Extended Stitch Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern

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I really love having crochet washcloths around the house. I typically use them for cleaning as I find the fibres and texture do a wonderful job on most surfaces. They’re a great project for when you want something small to work on and they make excellent gifts!

My latest pattern is called the Extended Stitch Washcloth for its use of the extended single crochet stitch. If this stitch is new to you, don’t worry! I have included a tutorial within the pattern notes. Ready to make this fun and quick project? Find all the details below…


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Notes:
– This pattern is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– Gauge is 4×4 inches: 13 rows, each containing 17 stitches using EXT/SC
– Finished washcloth with edging measures approximately 10×10 inches
– Turning CH 1 does not count as a stitch throughout
– Special stitch tutorials are included within the pattern
– The sections containing the even moss stitch can naturally pull inwards slightly but is not as noticeable once the border has been added

Materials Needed:
–  Approximately 126 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn. I used WeCrochet Dishie in the “Mint” and “Drewdrop” colourways (View the beautiful Dishie colourways here)
– 4mm hook (I used my adorable WeCrochet Dots hook. Check the set out here!)
– Yarn needle
– Scissors
– Measuring tape

Stitches:
CH – Chain
SS – Slip Stitch
EXT/SC – Extended Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet

Special Stitch Tutorial:
Even Moss Stitch – In the first stitch, place 1 SS. Make 1 HDC into the next stitch. Repeat this alternating stitch sequence across the row, always starting and ending with SS. This stitch is used for rows 1-5 and 33-37
Detailed Tutorial: Click here

Extended Single Crochet (EXT/SC) Insert your hook into the stitch. Yarn over and pull back through the stitch (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull your hook down through the top loop on your hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull down through two loops on hook. Extended single crochet stitch complete. This stitch is used for rows 6-32.
Detailed Tutorial: Click here


Pattern:
Begin with CH 40

Row 1:
Into the second CH from your hook place 1 SS followed by 1 HDC in the next stitch. *Make 1 SS in the next stitch and 1 HDC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 17 more times. Into the last stitch of the row, place 1 SS. CH 1 and turn.

(20 SS, 19 HDC stitches = 39 stitches)

Rows 2-5:
Into the first stitch, place 1 SS followed by 1 HDC in the next stitch. *Make 1 SS in the next stitch and 1 HDC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 17 more times. Into the last stitch of the row, place 1 SS. CH 1 and turn.

(20 SS, 19 HDC stitches = 39 stitches)

Rows 6-32:
Into the first stitch and each stitch across, place 1 EXT/SC. CH 1 and turn.

Row 33-37:
Into the first stitch, place 1 SS followed by 1 HDC in the next stitch. *Make 1 SS in the next stitch and 1 HDC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 17 more times. Into the last stitch of the row, place 1 SS. CH 1 and turn for all rows except the end of row 37. After completing the last row, please fasten off instead.

(20 SS, 19 HDC stitches = 39 stitches)

Edging:
(I find fastening off and re-joining the yarn in the middle of an edge provides a neater finish for the border. If you have a different method for working your border, please feel free!)

This edging adds a little something extra from a traditional SC border. The SS can make the edges a little tight but by adding a CH 1 between each, it creates a fun and simple textured zig-zag appearance that keeps some flexibility and looseness in the fabric.

Join yarn into the middle of any edge with a SS and CH 1. Evenly place 1 SS, CH 1 into each stitch, around all edges. Make 1 SS, CH 2, 1 SS, CH 1 into each corner space. SS into the beginning SS, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Great job! Your Extended Stitch Washcloth is complete! Check out the collage below to see the versions my testers made. A huge shout out to them for helping me get this pattern ready to share with you!

If you enjoyed this pattern, check out these other free washcloth designs here on the Sweet Bee Crochet blog. Happy crocheting!

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