Crochet with Kate: Fabulous Facecloths!
Home made face cloths are a joy to make and use – a lovely gift for someone, and a brilliant beginner project that enables you to practice stitches and edgings. This tutorial uses UK standard crochet terms, but if you need to convert, don’t forget we have a handy conversion chart!
Kate’s Fabulous Facecloths are 100% cotton, so that you can pop them into the washing machine and tumble them with no ill effects! Once you’ve mastered these simple stitches, you can create face cloths in more complicated stitches too, for a more textured result.
You will need:
- Rowan Handknit Cotton – Kate used shades Bleached (263), Sugar (303) and Gooseberry (219)
- A 4mm crochet hook
- A tapestry needle for sewing in ends
Using a 4mm hook, chain 40.
Row 1: Work the first dc into the second chain from the hook, and dc all the way along the row. When you have finished the row turn your work so you are ready to start row 2.
Row 2: ch1 and dc into the first stitch, and all the way along the row. Turn, and repeat (don’t forget to ch 1 at the start of every row) until the face cloth is the required size (Kate’s is square).
Last row: Make your last row a right side row and instead of turning at the end of the row just continue working all around the edge of the square in dc. At each corner stitch work 2 dc into the one corner stitch to stop the cloth getting out of shape. When you get back to the beginning of the last row fasten off and sew the end in carefully.
Once you’ve completed your border in the main colour you can add a row in another colour. Follow exactly the same procedure as with the first border row, just working all the way around the square in dc, remembering to work 2 dc into each of the four corner stitches.
You can either finish here, with a plain contrast edge, or add a border to add softness! The Scallop (below left) or Picot (below right) borders are both very pretty!
Pattern for Scallop Edge:
Scallop Edge: 1 x htr, 1 x tr, 1 x htr all in one stitch, ss next stitch, ss next stitch, ss next stitch, 1 x htr, 1 x tr, 1 x htr all in one, ss, ss, ss and so on, all the way around the edge.
Pattern for Picot Edge:
Picot Edge: ch 3, ss into original stitch, ss into next stitch, ss into next stich, ch 3, ss into original stitch and so on, all the way round the edge.
Why not crochet some face cloths to match your bathroom, or make some as a gift for a housewarming?