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I stumbled across a really cool blanket pattern while looking for “HDC decrease” instructions, and I modified the instructions by “SBG” to create a washcloth. This is the second time I have made this wonderful washcloth, so I have refined the pattern a little more and posted the instructions here.
Yarn: 80 yards cotton worsted. 1 ball Lily brand Sugar ’n Cream, ombre colors & prints, 3 oz/85 g, 150 yd/138 m. Color: Playtime.
Hook: US G-7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook
Finished Size: 8.5 inches or so on each side (gauge is not important.)
Abbreviations: Standard US crochet terms are used in this pattern.
hdc decrease: yarn over, pull a loop up through the first stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop through the next stitch. There are 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all five loops.
For an 8-inch square, work 16 rows before decreasing
Row 1 — In second chain from hook: dc, sc, dc, ch 2, turn. 4 sts.
Row 2 — Work (hdc, dc) in first stitch, sc in 2nd stitch, (dc, sc) into 3rd st, and (dc, hdc) in last stitch, ch 2, turn.
Repeat this increase row until the short side is the size you want:
- Work (hdc, dc) increase in first stitch, and *sc, dc* across row.
Work sc into dc on row below, and dc into sc on row below.
End with a sc. A sc is always the first stitch after and before the increase.
Work (dc, hdc) increase in last stitch. Ch 2, turn.
Repeat this decrease row until only 3 stitches remain:
- hdc decrease in first two stitches, and *dc, sc* across row.
Work dc into sc on row below, and sc into dc on row below.
End with a dc. A dc is always the first stitch after and before the decrease.
Work hdc decrease in last 2 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
End with hdc decrease over the last 3 stitches.
Ch 2, turn, and work scallops (sc, skip 1 st, work 3 dc in one st, skip 1 st) evenly around outer edge of cloth.
Work 5 dc in each corner.
On the third corner, work (2 dc, ch 12, 2 dc) in the same stitch to make a hanging loop.
Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch tail. Weave in all ends. Mist with water to wet the piece, and block into square shape. Let piece dry flat on a towel.
Pattern origin: Modified from a blanket pattern by author “SMG” posted on 11/13/2006 to the NoMoCo Stitch ‘n Bitch site, which is offline (1/3/2015: The site is now posting a malware warning, so I removed the link).