Having started my Beginner Crochet Series I thought I’d give you guys some simple projects to help get you going and begin to refine your technique. You will find as you start that your hook and yarn holding technique seems uncomfortable, your arms and shoulders ache from tensing and your stitches are so tight that you can barely get your hook in and your project looks teeny, warped and wrinkled. Don’t worry. This project will help you sort that. By making simple facecloths you are practicing the same stitch over and over which will give you time to relax and start to find out what is comfortable for you.
You can use whichever cotton yarn you like for this project but I do recommend getting something soft as the cheaper yarns can be a bit scratchy once wet. Here are a few different types of facecloths but feel free to experiment for different effects, not only with the stitch but with yarn thickness and hook size. For the purposes of this pattern I have used King Cole Big Value Chunky and a size 5.5 hook. The thinner your yarn, the smaller your hook and stitches and the more stitches you’ll need to do to get the width of facecloth you want.
Tip: If you are having trouble getting your hook into your chain stitches, try using a bigger hook for your starting chain until your tension loosens.
Simple striped facecloth
You change colours of yarn by cutting your old colour with a long tail and yarning over with your new colour at the and of your stitch. So for this pattern we want our new colour to start at the start of the next row. On our last yarn over of the row I like to yarn over with both colours and pull them both through to start the next row. I then pull the old colour’s tail through completely and tie the ends together with a double knot to secure them. The next row can now be started using only the new colour.
Tip: Feel free to jazz this up with as many stripes and colours as you like. Lots of random stripes can look very pretty so you don’t have to do big colour blocks like I’ve done here.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each chain across, turn [24sc]
Repeat row 1 until facecloth is square (about 24 rows) changing colour every 6 rows.
Puff stitch facecloth
This is a funny stitch as it requires getting lots of loops on your hook in the same stitch and then pulling a loop through them all to make the puff. Yarn over, insert your hook into your stitch, yarn over and pull your hook out of the stitch. Do this 3 times until you have 6 loops on your hook. You then yarn over and pull this loop through all 6 loops and you should have a little puff ball.
Tip: This pattern spreads the puffs out evenly but you could do them however you wanted: a ring around the edge, a random smattering or even spelling out words.
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook. Sc in each chain across. Turn. [24sc]
Row 2: *5sc followed by 1 puff stitch* repeat from * to * 3 times. 8sc, turn. [24 stitches]
Row 3: Sc in each chain across [24sc]
Row 4: 3sc *puff stitch followed by 5sc* repeat from * to * 3 times. 3sc, turn.
Row 5: Sc in each stitch across [24 sc]
Repeat rows 2 – 5 until project is square. Finish with a row of sc only.
This a nice stitch that gives you a lovely lacy effect on your facecloth and works up really quickly. You simply double crochet, chain 2 and then double crochet in the same stitch. You then skip 2 stitches before repeating the stitch.
Tip: At the end of each row you need to Dc into the top of the previous row’s chain 3. You will probably find it very difficult to get your hook in properly. Try to do these chains very loosely to give yourself enough space to get the hook in.
Row 1: V-stitch in 3rd chain from the hook. *Sk next 2 stitches. V-stitch in the stitch after* repeat from * to * until third last stitch. Sk a stitch and dc in the last one.
Row 2: Chain 2. V-stitch into each v-stitch gap from the row before all the way to the end. Dc into the top of the chain 2 from the last row.
Repeat row 2 until the cloth is square.
And that is your first project complete! These little facecloths come in so handy around the house and they will have given you so much practice for perfecting your tension. Once you are more confident and they begin to come out more and more square they also make lovely little handmade gifts. If you find after these 3 cloths that you still ache and your stitches are very tight, don’t worry about it. Crochet takes time. Look up some new stitch ideas and keep going!
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