By Guest Blogger Barbara
My name is Barb, and I started doing crafts during high school while taking a home economics course. The class taught me how to crochet, knit, cross-stitch, macrame and sew. I have been doing these crafts for over 35 years and I still love to learn new techniques and challenging myself. I don’t know everything, but I love to learn and I’m always excited to try new things.
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I love to make washcloths, not only because they are useful and are so much better than the rough ones you buy at the store, but because they give me an opportunity to try new stitches. Whether it’s crocheting or knitting, making a washcloth allows you to practice a new stitch or one you have not used in a while without making a huge commitment. You can make a small mistake here and there and no one will ever know. Once you finish the washcloth you can confidently take on a larger project because you’ve gotten some great practice.
Moss Stitch or Granite Stitch Washcloth
This stitch consists of a simple series of single crochets and skipped stitches.
As with almost all crocheted projects, we need to start with a foundation row of chains. For this particular washcloth we will be creating a chain of 31 stitches. The next row also does not need any explanation. After your chains are completed, you will turn, and skipping the first chain on the hook, you will single crochet in each chain across. Now chain one stitch and turn.
After you have completed the first row of single crochet and you have turned your yarn, you will have 30 stitches. Skipping the chain you just made, you will single crochet in the first stitch. See step 1 below:
This is where we start to change things up a bit. Immediately after the single crochet you just made, then chain 1. See step 2 below. Do you see the blue arrow in the diagram below? You will be skipping over this stitch and then single crochet in the next stitch.
Look at the diagram for Step 3 below. Do you see the blue arrow again? See how we have created a hole between the two single crochet stitches? As we continue you will start to see a pattern, skip stitch/ch, single crochet, skip stitch/ch, single crochet…
You will continue this pattern throughout the row until you get to the final stitch. Single crochet in the final stitch of that row and then chain 1 stitch and turn.
At this point you have the entire stitch. To continue, each row will begin with a single crochet and end with a single crochet while in the middle you will use the pattern described above: skip stitch/ch, single crochet, skip stitch/ch, single crochet, skip stitch/ch…
Step 6: Final Moss Stitch Washcloth
This stitch is great for hats, scarfs, blankets, throws and afghans. It makes a nice heavy stitch with a fun texture. I love this pattern when multiple colors are used.
Moss Stitch Washcloth Pattern
ch – chain
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, continue sc in each st thereafter, ch 1, turn
Row 2: sc in 2nd st from hook, *ch 1 skipping next st, sc in st immediately after the skipped st. Repeat from * until the last st. Sc in last stitch, ch 1 turn
Row 3-33: Repeat row 2. Bind Off.
I hope you enjoy this easy pattern and remember that if you need to practice a stitch or even make a gauge swatch, put your work to use and make a washcloth.