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 Pretty Half Double Crochet Washcloth 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 Pretty Half Double Crochet Washcloth Pattern, we’ll be practicing the half double crochet and working in between the chain space.
I absolutely love the look of this stitch! It is by far the favorite of the five beginner washcloth patterns, plus it’s quick and fun to work up! I’m thinking about designing another pattern with it as well because I love it so much. Okay, enough with me obsessing. Let’s find out what we’re going to learn today with this pattern.
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 Pretty in Pink Half Double Crochet Washcloth, you will be practicing the half double crochet as well as working in chain spaces and not through the actual stitch.
If you haven’t learned the half double crochet or the chain stitch, head over to each of the tutorials before you continue with this pattern.
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:
- Treble Pop Crochet Washcloth
- Simple Scrubby Crochet Dishcloth
- Basic Shell Stitch Crochet Washcloth
- Checkered Colorblock Crochet Washcloth
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.
Pretty in Pink Half Double 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.
- Half Double Crochet V-Stitch: [hdc, Ch1, hdc] in one stitch
How to Resize your Washcloth:
Create your foundation chain in multiples of 2
Chain in multiples of 2 until you reach your desired length
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.
- Scrubby Smoothie in Coral – (100% cotton – medium weight #4 – 131 yds)
- 5mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Ch – chain stitch
- Ch sp – chain space
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Sk – skip
- St – stitch
- Rep – repeat
|US TERMS||UK TERMS|
|half double crochet (hdc)||half treble (htr)|
**Note: I’ve only created a small swatch to show what the stitch pattern should look like. Your project will of course be larger.
Row 1: Ch 36 loosely, [hdc, Ch1, hdc] in 4th ch from hook. *Sk next ch, [hdc, Ch1, hdc] next ch. rep * until last two ch. Sk next ch, hdc last ch.
(If your work starts to curl it’s probably because your foundation chain is too tight. You can try to pull it to stretch it out or you can go up to a 5.5mm hook just for the chain in order for it to be a little more loose)
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), turn work. [Hdc, ch1, hdc] first ch 1 sp, *[Hdc, ch1, hdc] next ch1 sp. rep * down row, hdc last st (top of ch 2 from prev round)
Rows 3-26: Rep row 2
Ch 20 and Sl st to last st worked (this will give you something to wrap around a cabinet knob if you have one)
Tie off and weave in your ends
And that’s all for the Pretty in Pink Half Double Crochet Washcloth Pattern! I hope you learned a lot through this pattern. After all, that is my goal around here.
This particular crochet washcloth pattern was designed to help you practice the chain stitch and the half double crochet. You were also able to practice (or at least get familiar with) inserting your hook into the chain space and not in the actual stitch.
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! Then come back and let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below.