Living on the Sedge Washcloth
This is a fun pattern that uses a modified sedge stitch. I am not sure if there is another name for the stitch used in this pattern, but it is very similar to the sedge stitch. I use the same combination of a sc, hdc and a dc all into the same stitch, however the placement of the 3 stitches is different than in a typical sedge stitch and gives the stitch a more loose crochet texture. I like the look of this modified sedge stitch for a washcloth as it looks the same on both sides of the work and since the stitch is a bit looser than a traditional sedge stitch it makes the cloth feel more like a washcloth than a dishcloth.
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Let's get into the pattern
A Pattern by Savlabot Handmade Crafts
Written in US terms | Copyright 2022
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5mm H8 Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight (category weight 4) Yarn Cotton or Cotton Blend
Yarn used in post Knit Picks Dishie and Bernat Softee Cotton
Darning or Yarn Needle
Not really that necessary for pattern, but follow gauge from yarn wrapper.
Size: Approximately 7.5″ x 7.5″
ch = chain
bh = back hump
sc = single crochet
sedge shell = work (sc, hdc, dc) all into the same stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat
Creating the Sedge Shell: There is a special stitch used in this pattern, I will refer to it as the sedge shell in some cases the stitch uses three stitches worked into the same space. I will write it into the pattern as (sc, hdc, dc) when you see this you know to work the 3 stitches between the () into the same space. In this pattern you will work the sedge shell into the top of the double crochet, this is not the normal spot that you would work these stitches when working a sedge stitch, so be mindful of where you are inserting your hook when making a sedge shell in this pattern.
You can also count the stitches to find out where you insert the stitch for the sedge shell I find it easier to just look for the double crochet from the previous row, but if you want to count stitches instead, when you are working your sedge shell row you will start in the first stitch after the 1st two single crochet stitches are placed and then count 2 stitches between each sedge shell.
Let's Get Started
Make a foundation chain of 31. Or a multiple of 3 +1.
The ch1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
Row 1: Starting in the second ch from the hook, sc into the bh of each st across. Turn. (30)
Row 2: Ch1, 2sc, work (sc, hdc, dc) into the next st *skip 2 sts, work (sc, hdc, dc) into the next st. rep from * to last 3 sts, skip 1 st, work 1 sc into each of the last 2 sts of the row. Turn. (2sc, 9 sedge shells, 2sc =30)
Rows 3: Ch1, 2sc, *(sc, hdc, dc) into the top of the dc from the sedge shell from the previous row, rep from * until last dc, work 1 sc into each of the last 2 sts of the row. (2sc, 9 sedge shells, 2sc =31)
Rows 4-21: Repeat row 3 for 18 rows. Or until work measures desired length.
Row 22: sc into each st. (30)
Cut yarn and weave in yarn tails.
I like to add a tag onto my washcloths. I have tiny tags available in my Etsy Shop that are the perfect size to add to a washcloth. I usually use the tail yarn from my foundation row to sew on my tags.
If you would like your washcloth to be bigger, start your foundation chain with a multiple of 3 + 1. Then be sure to work the repeat row for an additional 2 rows, or until your work measures .25″ shorter than the width of your cloth before moving onto the last row of the pattern.
One way I like to wrap up my cloths is to fold up like a bunny, I found a tutorial on Instagram from Sofia that shows a way to roll up a cloth and tie it with a ribbon so it looks like a little bunny, you can find the tutorial by visiting here instagram page, I have also linked the video below.Sofiaparapluie bunny fold
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