Red, White and Blue Dishcloth Pattern. Crossed Half Double Stitch Tutorial

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Here’s how it works.

The Red, White and Blue Dishcloth is crocheted using a Crossed Half Double Crochet stitch. The fun look and great texture is created by the placement of the stitches. This great stitch looks so different when it is worked in stripes of colored yarn. I have included an image at the end of the post to show you what the square looks like in a single color of yarn. The fabric is fairly dense too.

 


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Red White and Blue Dishcloth Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

Red, White and Blue Dishcloth Pattern and Tutorial

Supplies

  • Yarn: Creme de la Creme, Coats & Clark; (Yarn Label: Worsted Weight [4], 2 oz, 56.7 g, 100% Combed Cotton). Sample shown in Color: Color A: 0905 Really Red, Color B: 0001 White and Color C: 0887 Royal Blue.  Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Medium Weight Yarn [4] was used for the 4 inch by 4 inch square.
  • Hook 5.0 mm (H).  5 mm (H) Orange Osage Hook was used for the 4 inch by 4 inch square.
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)

Difficulty Level

EASY

Stitch Multiple

Ch a multiple of 2 + 1

Finished Size

6 inches by 6 inches square
4 inches by 4 inches was added to the end of the post on March 31, 2018.

Gauge

approximately 9 stitches per 4 inches and 10 rows per 4 inches

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

beg – beginning
ch – chain
ch1sp – chain one space
hdc – half double crochet
R – row/round
RS – right side (aka as the ‘pretty side’ of your work)
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
yo – yarn over
* – 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

Invisible Join

Crossed Half Doubles

Basically this is a hdc2tog worked over 2 stitches, or spaces. I found this stitch used in a vintage booklet I purchased at a local antique shop – from Patons – called First Steps in Crochet by Patons.

When you work the Crossed Half Double (I show you in the tutorial steps below) it is worked over 2 chains or 2 ch1sp like this:

*(yo, insert your hook in the next ch, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.**

Notes

  • each hdc2tog (or Crossed Half Doubles) is indicated in the row-end count as “Crossed Half Double”, the hdc stitch at the end of the row and the ch 2 which counts as a hdc are indicated as “hdc”.
  • carry the unused yarn up the side edge until you need to use it again
  • when you work into the ch1sp on both sides of the crossed half doubles; you will be working into each ch1sp twice (except the very first and very last ch1sp of the row) – this is explained in the images included below – so you have a visual too
  • Additional Size (4 Inches by 4 Inches) added.
  • Optional Edging added to the end of the post

Red White and Blue Dishcloth Pattern Oombawka Design CrochetRed, White and Blue Dishcloth Pattern Instructions

Size: 6 inches by 6 inches

R1: With Color A (Red), ch 25. Sk the first 2 chs (counts as 1 hdc); *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the last ch, turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

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Red White and Blue Dishcloth-Row Complete

R2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing Color B (White) on the last yo of the st; turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

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Red White and Blue Dishcloth-10R3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing Color C (Blue) on the last yo of the st; turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing Color A (Red) on the last yo of the st; turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing Color B (White) on the last yo of the st; turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing Color C (Blue) on the last yo of the st; turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R11: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R12: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, changing Color A (Red) on the last yo of the st; turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R13: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R14: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc turn. [11 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

Edging

Working around the outside edges of your square:

Ch 1, 20 sc evenly across the top edge, 3 sc in the corner, turn to work along the side edge. Crochet 20 sc evenly along the side edge, 3 sc in the corner, rotate to work along the bottom edge. Work 20 sc evenly along the bottom edge, 3 sc in the corner, turn to work along the side edge. 20 sc evenly along the side edge, 3 sc in the corner, rotate to work along the top edge.

Work 1 sl st in each st across on each edge of the dishcloth. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Red White and Blue Dishcloth Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

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SIZE: 4 INCHES BY 4 INCHES

This size only uses: 5 mm (H) Orange Osage Hook

R1: Ch 15. Sk the first 2 chs (counts as 1 hdc); *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the last ch, turn. [7 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Note: You will be working in the ch1sp on each side of the 2 crossed half doubles in the previous row.  *(yo, insert your hook in the next ch1sp, yo and pull up 1 loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch 1.** Rep from * to ** across to the last ch. Work 1 hdc in the final hdc, turn. [7 Crossed Half Doubles, 2 hdc]

R3-R7: Rep R2. Proceed to simple edging below.

Simple EDGING

Work 1 sc in each st and each row end and in each corner work: 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Crossed Half Doubles Dishcloth Pattern and Tutorial Oombawka Design

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Carmen, I apologize I do not have videos for this pattern yet. I hope to add them this year 🙂 All the best, Rhondda

  2. Buen día. Me gusta este punto, pero no lo acabo de entender. ¿Sería posible poner un pequeño vídeo?
    Gracias,
    Carmen