Granite Stitch Kitchen Cloth

 

Hello friends!

I have been freezing my tail off here in St Louis, where it feels like snow day after snow day after ice after polar vortex….you get the idea.  This girl is COLD. And yes, I know by many other standards, my cold is someone else’s tropical, but still.  ANYHOW, I am hoping to speed up Spring a bit here with this cheery coral accented kitchen cloth, and I thought some of you may enjoy bringing some spring color to your home as well!

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Don’t freak out! As usual, I’ve got you covered with step-by-step photos to help you master a new crochet stitch or two!  This pattern is beginner-friendly, and even with the thinner yarn, works up very quickly!

I chose Bernat Softee Baby Cotton, a 3 weight DK / Light cotton / acrylic blend that will be absorbent and  low-maintenance care, since you can just pop it right into the washing machine and dryer!  The light weight yarn really shows off the stitch definition as well! I went for the color Cotton for my main color, with Blush as an accent, but I have enough left over that I could potentially make a second cloth using the colors inversely.

So, with the explanation out of the way, lets get to the crocheting!

An inexpensive, ad-free, printable version of this pattern can be found on my Etsy and Ravelry pages.

 

The Granite Stitch Kitchen Cloth

Materials List

  • Approximately 155 yards DK Cotton yarn for Main Color (Bernat Softee Baby Cotton in Cotton pictured)
  • Approximately 40 yards DK cotton yarn for Accent Color (Bernat Softee Baby Cotton in Blush pictured)
  • Crochet hook in size G / 4 mm (I prefer my Clover Amour hook)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • Chain (ch)
  • Chain Space (ch sp)
  • Skip (sk)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

Finished Measurements

Approximately 13” wide x 16” long

Gauge

3” square = 14 rows x 14 stitches.

Notes

  • This pattern is written in US Standard terms.
  • This pattern can be altered for size or tension by using any beginning multiple of 2 stitches.
  • Chain-2s at beginning of granite stitch rows create the chain space for the next row’s single crochet. In terms of counting stitches, this counts only as a single stitch.
  • A photo tutorial for the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) stitch can be found in the Special Stitches section of this pattern.
  • A photo tutorial for the Granite Stitch can be found in the Special Stitches section of this pattern.
  • Since this is a fixed rectangular size, the stitch count per row will not vary. You will maintain the same number of stitches (sc and ch-1s) throughout the pattern as that which you started with in your foundation row (as written, 60 sts).

Special Stitches

Foundation Single Crochet (FSC):

The Foundation Single Crochet is an alternative to working a chain foundation and then going back and single crocheting into each foundation chain.  With this stitch, you will create the foundation chain for each stitch individually, which is really nice when you hate chaining and working into chains (me!) and also gives you a bit more stretch than a traditional chain.  Additionally, you’ll have a lovely finished edge at the base of your project.

  1. Starting with a slip knot, chain two.
  2. Next, turn your work so that you are looking at the back bumps of your chains. Insert your hook into the second chain from your hook (or the very first chain you made) and pull up a loop.
  3. Chain 1 – This creates the bottom chain of your next stitch.
  4. Next, yarn over and complete a single crochet as normal.
  5. For your subsequent FSCs, you will work into the “V” created by your bottom chains. Insert your hook, pull up a loop, and repeat Steps 3 and 4.

See following step by step photos.

If you would like to see this stitch in action, Moogly Blog has a great video here.

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Granite Stitch:

The granite stitch is a simple stitch pattern created using alternating stitches of single crochet and chains.  You will start each row with a chain-2, which will create the first chain space of your row, then alternate single crochet, ch-1 across the row, ending with a single crochet in the chain space created by the beginning of the previous row.  Doing so will nest your single crochet stitches in between one another, creating a sturdy fabric with a bit more give and flow to it than repeated rows of solid single crochet.

This stitch is great for all kinds of things, not just this kitchen towel, but washcloths, scarves, hats and even sweaters!

  1. Begin with your foundation row complete, turned and ready. Chain 2, skip the first stitch, then single crochet into the next stitch.
  2. Chain 1, skip next stitch, then single crochet into the next.
  3. Repeat Step 2 until end of row.
  4. Turn your work to begin the next row, chain 2, skip first stitch, single crochet into the next stitch.
  5. Chain 1, skip next stitch, then single crochet into the next.
  6. Repeat Step 5 across.

Continue with Steps 4-6 until you have reached the desired number of rows.

See following step by step photos.

Pattern

Start with Main Color Yarn

Foundation: 60 FSC

R1: Ch-2, sk 1, single crochet next, *ch-1, sk 1, sc next.  Repeat from * until end.

R2: Ch-2, sk 1, single crochet into ch sp from previous row, *ch-1, sk 1, sc into ch sp.  Repeat from * until end.

R3-14: Repeat Row 2

Switch to Accent Color Yarn

R15-29: Repeat Row 2

Switch to Main Color Yarn

R30-74: Repeat Row 2

R75: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), sc into first st, sc into next ch sp, sc into each sc and ch sp across.

Tie off, weave in ends.

Congratulations!

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You did it! Now you can hang it up in your own kitchen or gift it to someone who needs some cheering up during these cold winter days.  It would also make a great housewarming or hostess gift!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern!  Let me know in the comments if you make one, and share a picture of it on Facebook and Instagram with #labellevieforme to share it with me and my online community!

Happy making!

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