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Checkered Colorblock Washcloth Crochet Pattern for Beginners

One of the most popular patterns for beginners are washcloths! Why? Because they’re quick to work up and a great way to practice new stitches. Plus, you can give them away as gifts or use around your own home! The Checkered Colorblock Washcloth Crochet Pattern is one of the five best crochet washcloth patterns for beginners. Why? Because not only are we making something useful, we’re putting our new skills to the test! With the Checkered Colorblock Washcloth Crochet Pattern, we’ll be practicing the single and double crochet stitches.

There are a few different reasons why I love this Checkered Colorblock Washcloth pattern. The first reason is because it truly is a great way to practice your basic crochet stitches. By alternating single and double crochet, you’re practicing each stitch and counting your stitches at the same time. Another reason why I love it is because it looks great with multiple colors. You can, of course, create this pattern using one color. But because of the staggering of rows, it looks so much better using multiple colors!

What will I learn through this pattern?

If you don’t already know, I put together this washcloth series as a way for crochet beginners to practice the basics, but also come away with something valuable.

By crocheting the Checkered Colorblock Crochet Washcloth, you will be practicing several stitches and techniques. As for the basic stitches, this washcloth pattern uses single and double crochets alternatively. You will also have lots of practice changing yarn color, weaving in ends, and counting your stitches!

I know this sounds scary, as does anything new, but that’s why it’s called a challenge. Use this pattern to practice changing your colors and weaving in your ends and I promise you won’t regret it when you’re working on a multi-colored blanket!

If you haven’t learned the single crochet or the double crochet, head over to each of the tutorials before you continue with this pattern. Also, for further explanation and a photo tutorial, check out my post on how to change colors in crochet.


About the Beginner Washcloth Series

As I mentioned previously, I designed a set of these washcloths to help you practice the basic stitches as well as a few other skills. If you want to check out the rest of the patterns, you can find each of them listed below:

In the original post where I introduce each of the patterns, I also go over a long list of alternative yarns you can use. You’ll hear me repeat a few times that cotton yarn is the best yarn to use when making washcloths. Head over to that post now to read more about the many different yarns you can choose from.

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Checkered Colorblock Crochet Washcloth Pattern

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It’s time to start practicing those beginner basics! Are you ready? There are a few things you need to know before you get started and they’ll each have their own section below. But first, a quick tip before you get started.

When you change colors, crochet over those loose strands to eliminate the need to weave in as many ends.

Checkered Colorblock Washcloth Crochet Pattern for Beginners

Stitches/Techniques Used:


How to Resize your Washcloth:

Create your foundation chain in multiples of 10 + 6

Chain in multiples of 10 until you reach your desired length then add 6 more chains


Yarn Substitution:

When making your own washcloths, it’s best to use 100% cotton yarn. This is explained deeper in the post about all five washcloths, but I will list a few of my favorite cotton yarns below. If you don’t want to use 100% cotton, at least find something with a cotton blend.


Materials Used:


Abbreviations Used:

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • St – stitch
  • Rep – repeat
  • Sk – skip
US TERMSUK TERMS
single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
double crochet (dc)treble (tr)

Notes:

Each color is referred to as a different letter in the pattern. Depending on the colors you choose, this will be up to you. If you chose to use the same colors I did, here is the color key:

  • Color A: Aqua
  • Color B: White

Pattern:

**Note: If you need extra help changing colors, visit this tutorial before you get started.

With Color A, Ch 36

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in each of the next 4 ch, *1dc in each of the next 5 ch, 1sc in each of the next 5 ch; Rep from * to end of row.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn (counts as dc here and throughout pattern). Sk first Sc, 1dc in each of the next 4 sc, *1sc in each of the next 5 dc, 1dc is each of the next 5 sc; rep from * to end.

Checkered Colorblock Washcloth Crochet Pattern for Beginners

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Rows 4-18: Rep Rows 2-3

Change to White

Row 19: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Row 20: Ch 3, turn (counts as dc here and throughout pattern). Sk first Sc, 1dc in each of the next 4 sc, *1sc in each of the next 5 dc, 1dc is each of the next 5 sc; rep from * to end.

Change to Blue

Row 21: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Row 22: Ch 3, turn (counts as dc here and throughout pattern). Sk first Sc, 1dc in each of the next 4 sc, *1sc in each of the next 5 dc, 1dc is each of the next 5 sc; rep from * to end.

Change to White

Row 23: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Row 24: Ch 3, turn (counts as dc here and throughout pattern). Sk first Sc, 1dc in each of the next 4 sc, *1sc in each of the next 5 dc, 1dc is each of the next 5 sc; rep from * to end.

Change to Blue

Row 25: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Row 26: Ch 3, turn (counts as dc here and throughout pattern). Sk first Sc, 1dc in each of the next 4 sc, *1sc in each of the next 5 dc, 1dc is each of the next 5 sc; rep from * to end.

Change to White

Row 27: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Row 28: Ch 3, turn (counts as dc here and throughout pattern). Sk first Sc, 1dc in each of the next 4 sc, *1sc in each of the next 5 dc, 1dc is each of the next 5 sc; rep from * to end.

Change to Blue

Row 29: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Row 30: Ch 3, turn (counts as dc here and throughout pattern). Sk first Sc, 1dc in each of the next 4 sc, *1sc in each of the next 5 dc, 1dc is each of the next 5 sc; rep from * to end.

Row 31: Ch 1, turn. 1sc in each of the next 5 dc, *1dc in each of the next 5 sc, 1sc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * to end, working last sc in top of ch-3 from previous row.

Tie off and weave in ends

Checkered Colorblock Washcloth Crochet Pattern for Beginners

And that’s all for the Checkered Colorblock Washcloth Crochet Pattern! I hope you learned a lot through this pattern, as that is my goal around here.

This particular crochet washcloth pattern was designed to help you practice basic single and double crochet stitches. You were also able to practice counting your stitches, which was 5sc followed by 5dc and so on. And this pattern tested your patience by changing colors and weaving in your ends periodically.

If you’d like to practice more of the basic crochet stitches and techniques, check out the other four quick & pretty crochet washcloth patterns! Each of them has a different stitch or technique for you to learn and by the end, you’ll start feeling like a pro!

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