Little Washcloths – Free Crochet Pattern in 3 sizes

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I often wonder why facecloths ( washcloths ) are so big! Maybe I just have little hands 😉 I decided to make some smaller sized washcloths for myself and my children to use – to see if we would like them better than the larger versions we buy at the store.

I am happy to say – Yes! We do like the smaller versions much better! They are much easier to hold onto and to use.

Here is a quick and easy pattern for you to try for little washcloths in three different sizes. This pattern produces a lovely textured facecloth / washcloth.

These would also make perfect baby shower gifts – they are very similar in size to the baby wash cloths I received at Darla’s Baby Shower – only they are MUCH softer using the cotton yarn (and less expensive!).

Little Facecloths in two sizes. Free Crochet Pattern

Supplies

Difficulty Level

Beginner

Finished Size

See sizes in the pattern instructions below.

Gauge

approximately 3.5 sc in 1 inch
approximately 3 rows in 1 inches

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

BL – back loop
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
FL – front loop
Fsc – foundation single crochet
R – row
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sk – skip
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes

  • If you do not want to use the Fsc, please chain a multiple of 2 stitches, plus 1 for the turning chain. If you are familiar with the back bump of the chain stitch if you work *1 sc in the BL of the next ch, 1 sc in the Back Bump of the next ch**, across it will give you a very similar appearance to the rest of the square. To begin and work the following:
    • R1: Beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
    • R2: 1 sc in the FL of the first st, 1 sc in the BL of the next st. *1 sc in the FL of the next st, 1 sc in the BL of the next st**. Rep from * to ** across. Ch 1, turn.
  • The sc edging adds approximately half an inch to each side of the washcloths.

 

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4 Inch Square Little Washcloths Pattern

Little Washcloths - Oombawka Design Crochet

 

Note: to use a chain row to begin instead please chain 15 stitches, beg in the 2nd ch from the hook and work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Then, begin R2.

R1: 12 Fsc, ch 1, turn [14]

R2: [(1 sc in the FL of the 1st st) (1 sc in the BL of the next st)] repeat across, ch 1, turn [14]

R3-R12: repeat R2

Edging: 1 sc in each st (and row end) around the circumference of the cloth. I placed 2 sc in each corner.

Finish off and weave in ends.

6 Inch Square Little Washcloths Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern Facecloths 6x6

 

Note: to use a chain row to begin instead please chain 21 stitches, beg in the 2nd ch from the hook and work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Then, begin R2.

R1: 20 Fsc, ch 1, turn [20]

R2: [(1 sc in the FL of the 1st st) (1 sc in the BL of the next st)] repeat across, ch 1, turn [20]

R3: repeat R2 until you reach a total length of 5.5″

Edging: 1 sc in each st (and row end) around the circumference of the cloth. I placed 2 sc in each corner.

Finish off and weave in ends.

 

7 Inch Square Little Washcloths Pattern

Little Facecloths Free crochet Patterns 2 sizes

 

Note: to use a chain row to begin instead please chain 25 stitches, beg in the 2nd ch from the hook and work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Then, begin R2.

R1: 24 Fsc, ch 1, turn [24]

R2: [(1 sc in the FL of the 1st st) (1 sc in the BL of the next st)] repeat across, ch 1, turn [24]

R3: repeat R2 until you reach a total length of 6.5″

Edging: 1 sc in each st (and in each row end) around the circumference of the cloth. I placed 2 sc in each corner.

Finish off and weave in ends.

 

Little Washcloths Oombawka Design Crochet

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27 Comments

  1. You are so welcome Lynne! I’m happy you like them and I’m not the only one who prefers smaller cloths 😉 Have a lovely weekend, Rhondda

  2. Thank you so much for this pattern , it is my “go to” for dishcloths .. they are just the right size, and love the texture of them.

  3. Love these pretty little facecloths – I made them and love the look. Thank you for sharing your patterns and your talent. Love all the lovely designs you have – you are very talented. Have a question for you: Near the very top you suggest that the back bump and BL method can be used instead of the Fsc – now, my question: is this method for this pattern only b/c of the design or can this method be used all the time for the Fsc?? Thank you!

  4. You are very welcome Sandeleh. They are easier for me to read too – I tried a few styles I liked the look of but when you put them on a webpage they don’t always look as good as you think – so I went with an oldy but goody 🙂
    All the best, Rhondda

  5. And thank you SO MUCH for making the fonts on your page easy to read for us old folks with vision problems! I really appreciate it!

  6. Hi Leslie 🙂 Congratulations on your new great niece! I’m happy you found these free patterns to try – if you have any questions, please feel free to email me 🙂 Rhondda

  7. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful designs with us. I have a gorgeous, new great niece and your little face cloths and bibs will make gifts her Mom will love and baby Dorothy can use them for a long time instead of something she’ll outgrow quickly.

  8. Hi Rhondda,
    I love these they are so nice, anxious to do ans I am making some bath sets for Christmas.

    Thank you!

    Sharon

  9. Hi Diane, I’m not sure I understand? Were you looking for a link to my Facebook Page?

    Thanks!
    Rhondda

  10. would like the pattern for the little face cloths
    Thank you
    Sue Edmunds

  11. These washcloths look adorable, I have two young granddaughters that are going to love them. Thank you, I am new to your page but will follow you on Facebook and look forward to see more of your lovely work.

  12. Thank you for your posts on Facebook. I follow you there and on Pinterest.

  13. I had the chance to see these and I loved them. A great size to use. Easy for children to handle and adults. They were soft and I could imagine using them regularly. Love them Rhonddda