Textured Lemon Peel Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern


I have a wonderfully textured and fun crochet washcloth pattern to share with you today! The lemon peel stitch has some great texture with the use of the single and double crochet stitches. I’ve added an extra eye catching accent with rows of crossed double crochet stitches to make this pattern extra textured and pretty.

Get the free crochet pattern below…

This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you decide to purchase items through the links I have shared, I may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). Thank you for supporting the time and work I put into this website and pattern designing.

This pattern is available for free here on my blog. An ad-free, neatly formatted, printer friendly version is also available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. Click the buttons below to take you there!

You may sell items completed from this pattern but please provide credit back to Sweet Bee Crochet and if possible, link back to the pattern location. You may not sell this written pattern or use my photos without consent. You may not use my photos to sell your completed items.

**I would love to see your own creative spin on colours and how you’ve made it unique. Tag me on Instagram (@sweet_bee_crochet) to show off your finished piece!**

This pattern uses worsted weight cotton yarn. For my versions, I used WeCrochet Dishie which is a wonderfully soft and beautiful yarn to crochet with. If this yarn is new to you, please check out my review here: Dishie Yarn Review

– This pattern is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– Gauge is 4 x 3 inches = 17 stitches and 14 rows of the lemon peel stitch
– Finished washcloth with edging measures approximately 10 x 10 inches
– Please refer to notes within the pattern indicating when the beginning CH counts as a stitch
– The lemon peel stitch can sometimes make it difficult to keep track of your rows. You might find a row counter or stitch markers helpful
– Special stitch tutorials are included within the pattern

Materials Needed:
–  Approximately 120 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn. I used WeCrochet Dishie in the “Kenai” and “Butterscotch” colourways (shop the yarn for this pattern here)
– 4mm hook (I used my cute hook from my WeCrochet Dots set. Check it out here)
– Yarn needle
– Scissors (this pair is my favourite!)
– Measuring tape
– Stitch markers

CH – Chain
SK – Skip Stitch
SS – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet

Special Stitch Tutorial:
Crossed Double Crochet Stitch –
For this pattern, skip one stitch and make one DC in the next stitch. Continue by going back, placing 1 DC within the skipped stitch. This will create an “X” effect/criss-cross appearance with the first DC in the back and the second DC in the front. See photo A.

Lemon Peel Stitch – In the first stitch, place 1 SC followed by 1 DC into the next stitch. Repeat across the row, starting with a SC and ending the row with a DC.
Detailed Tutorial: Click here

crochet.com Summer Yarn Sale! Save up to 50%!

Begin with CH 39

Row 1:
Place 1 DC into the 2nd CH from your hook and into each stitch across the row. Turn you work.

(38 DC stitches)

Row 2:
CH 2 (counts as 1 DC). SK the second stitch and place 1 DC into the third stitch. Place 1 DC into the stitch you just skipped. *SK the next stitch and place 1 DC in the following stitch. Place 1 DC in the stitch you just skipped.* Repeat from * to * 16 more times. Place 1 DC into the last stitch of the row and turn. See photo B.

(2 DC stitches [one on each end], 18 crossed DC stitches = 38 DC stitches)

Rows 3-27: (at the end of row 3, your final DC will be worked into the top of the CH 2 from row 2)
CH 1 (does not count as a stitch throughout this section) and into the first stitch, place 1 SC followed by 1 DC in the next stitch. *Make 1 SC into the next stitch and 1 DC into the following stitch.* Repeat across the row from * to * 17 more times. CH 1 and turn for each row except for row 27. After completing row 27, do not CH 1, but turn your work.

(19 SC, 19 DC stitches = 38 stitches)

Row 28:
Repeat row 2 but do not CH after the last stitch of the row. Turn your work.

(2 DC stitches [one on each end], 18 crossed DC stitches = 38 DC stitches)

Row 29: (at the end of this row, your final DC will be worked into the top of the CH 2 from row 28)
CH 2 (counts as 1 DC). Place 1 DC into each stitch across the row. Fasten off.

(38 DC stitches)

(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!)

When crocheting your edging into the top and bottom of your project, you will be working into the stitches as normal. For crocheting on the edges which are the sides of the washcloth stitches, you’ll need to space out your single crochets evenly. If you place them too close together, it can cause your edging to ripple. If you place them too far apart, it can cause the sides to pull. The most important aspect is making sure that both side edges contain an equal number of single crochet stitches.

Join yarn into the middle of any edge with a SS and CH 1 (counts as 1 SC). Evenly place 1 SC into each stitch or appropriate space (on sides), around all edges. Make 1 SC, CH 2, 1 SC into each corner stitch or space. SS into the beginning CH 1, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Great job! Your Textured Lemon Peel Washcloth is complete! Check out the lovely versions my testers made, I’m so thankful for them taking the time to help me out with this design.

Are you a fan of crochet washcloths? Check out these other fun Sweet Bee Crochet Designs below:


One thought on “Textured Lemon Peel Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern

Comments are closed.