Fir Tree Washcloth

Hello and happy November everyone!  With the start of this month, many are already thinking of gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and if you’re a maker, then this is probably a busy time of year for you.  So I’m here to help with a quick make that is a great gift for those last minute giving situations.

Isn’t it amazing how you can create so many fun design elements just by skipping stitches in your fabric?  I had the thought to do a Christmas tree design in a washcloth using this method, but then I thought that calling it a Christmas Tree Washcloth limited it only to Christmas, when in fact, fir trees are evergreen because they are…well…ever-green.  So these washcloths can be used all year round, really, or at least all winter long, so there’s no need to hide it away just because Christmas has passed.

So without further ado, here is the pattern for my Fir Tree Washcloth!

***An inexpensive, ad-free version of this pattern is available as a PDF download at either Etsy or Ravelry. And, BONUS, if you purchase the printable pattern, I also include a handy graph chart!***

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Fir Tree Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Materials List

  • 1 Size 4 100% cotton yarn (I Love This Cotton used in pattern)
  • Crochet hook in size H / 5 mm (Clover Amour is my favorite)
  • Tapestry needle (Keep track of your needles in one of these!)
  • Scissors (These antique style embroidery scissors are my favorite)

Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • Chain (ch)
  • Space (sp)
  • Skip (sk)
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Double crochet (dc)

Finished Measurements

9.5” square, approximately

Gauge

4” square = 8 rows x 16 dc sts

Notes

  • This pattern is in US terms.
  • The design in the pattern is formed using chain spaces where indicated
  • Chain-2s at beginning of a row are NOT counted as a stitch.
  • The number of stitches you should have in each row are indicated at the end of the line in parentheses ( ).
  • A graph style stitch chart is included with your pattern download for your convenience.

Special Stitches

Single Crochet:
  1. Insert your hook into the indicated stitch.
  2. Wrap the yarn over your hook (referred to as “yarn over”), pull the yarn through the stitch (referred to as “pulling up a loop”). You should have two loops on your hook.
  3. Yarn over again, then pull through both loops on your hook.
Double Crochet:
  1. Wrap the yarn over your hook, then insert your hook into the indicated stitch.
  2. Yarn over, pull up a loop, you should have three loops on your hook.
  3. Yarn over, pull through two loops. Two loops will remain on your hook.
  4. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Moogly Blog offers wonderful video tutorials on her YouTube channel.  You can check out her tutorials for single crochet and double crochet if you would like a demonstration of these stitches.  These links are for right handed crocheters, but she offers tutorials for lefties as well.

Pattern

**As a BONUS for purchasing the inexpensive, ad-free version of this pattern available as a PDF download at either my Etsy or Ravelry shops, I also include a handy graph chart!**

Foundation:  Chain 37

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R1: Dc into 3rd chain from hook, dc into next stitch and each stitch across. (35 dc)

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R2: Ch 2, turn, dc into each stitch across. (35 dc)

R3: Ch 2, turn, dc into each stitch across. (35 dc)

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R4: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 16 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next stitch, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 16 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R5: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 9 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, (dc into next stitch, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times, (dc into ch sp, ch 1, sk 1) two times, (dc into next stitch, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times, dc into next 9 stitches. (26 dc, 9 ch sp)

R6: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 9 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 13 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 9 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

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R7: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 10 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 11 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 10 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R8: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 11 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 9 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 11 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R9: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 12 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 7 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 12 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R10: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 12 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 5 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 12 stitches. (31 dc, 4 ch sp)

R11: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 12 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 5 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 12 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R12: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 13 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 5 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 13 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R13: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 14 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next 3 stitches, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 14 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R14: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 15 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into next, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 15 stitches. (33 dc, 2 ch sp)

R15: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 16 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, ch 1, sk 1, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 16 stitches. (34 dc, 1 ch sp)

R16: Ch 2, turn, dc into next 17 stitches, dc into ch sp from previous row, dc into next 17 stitches. (35 dc)

R17: Ch 2, turn, dc into each stitch across. (35 dc)

R18: Ch 2, turn, dc into each stitch across. DO NOT tie off. (35 dc)

Border

Ch 1, and beginning down the left side of your work, single crochet into the side of your rows, 2 single crochets per row.  When you get to a corner, you should have a sc to finish the current side, a ch 1 to turn the corner, and a sc to start the next side.  The tops and bottoms of your work will have a sc into each dc across.  Tie off, and weave in ends.

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And there you have it! Make a bunch for gifts this holiday season.  Pair them with a bar of luxury soap for a festive spa-style gift, or with some Mrs. Meyers new 2018 Holiday Collection Dish Soaps.  You could also, as a friend pointed out, make a blanket out of the squares.  Grab different shades of green yarn, mix in some cream or white, solids and design, the possibilities are endless!

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I hope you enjoyed this pattern!  Share your makes with me on Instagram and / or Facebook!  Use the tag #labellevieforme.

If you have any questions or problems, I’m here to help! Email me at labelleviebykristen@gmail.com.

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©2018 All rights reserved.  This design, pattern, and images are the property of Kristen Caldwell via La Belle Vie by Kristen and HooksBooksAndWanderlust.com. This pattern is for personal use.  Items made using this pattern can be sold with credit given to La Belle Vie by Kristen and HooksBooksAndWanderlust.com.  In accordance with U.S. copyright laws, you may not alter, sell, or distribute this pattern in whole or in part, in any way without express written permission from Kristen Caldwell.

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