This Simply Simple Tunisian Crochet washcloth is the first practice crochet pattern in the Tunisian Crochet Course.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this pattern. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge, and sizing information.
Why a Tunisian Crochet Washcloth?
A washcloth is a perfect practice pattern. Even if you make a mistake while making a washcloth and your washcloth is not squared, it will still wash well. Even if your Tunisian crochet washcloth is not perfect, I hope you keep it for a long time. So you can have a reminder of how far you have improved.
Reading a Tunisian Crochet Pattern
After reviewing several Tunisian crochet patterns. I have found that they are written in two ways. The first is like a traditional crochet pattern, with abbreviations and row by row instructions.
I have also seen them written in a step by step paragraph format. This format is often used for simple patterns and simply explains the steps for creating the pattern. I will be using the second format for the simpler stitch designs and the traditional method for more complex stitches. This will help you become familiar with both.
How to Change the Pattern not the Hook
Since this pattern is apart of the Tunisian crochet course, I am going to assume that you only have one Tunisian crochet hook. That was all that was required for the course. But in order to adjust your gauge (which we have not learned about yet), you would need to adjust your hook size.
Instead, let’s discuss how to adjust a simple pattern. What I recommend is that you work up the first two rows of you crochet project, then measure your project. The Tunisian crochet portion of the washcloth should be 9″x9″. I worked up two samples and as you can see my pink sample is 10 inches wide and my teal sample is 8 inches wide. Both are 1 inch off the ideal size. If your project is not the right size, then we need to adjust our foundation chain to accomodate for the difference.
Both samples are one inch off the desired size. So I measured out how many stitches it takes to equal an inch. In this case, it is 3 stitches. So for the teal sample, I would start the project over and add 3 extra chains to the foundation chain. For the pink sample, I would start the project over and subtract 3 chains from the foundation chain.
The important part is that the pattern turns out the correct size and not that the pattern is followed exactly. For the washcloth, size is not super important, but for the other practice patterns, size will be important.
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Tunisian Crochet Washcloth (Simply Simple Washcloth)
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2.1 oz or 101 yds of Lily’s Sugar and Creme Cotton (Size 4 Yarn)- I used two colors
6.5mm Tunisian Crochet Hook
5 mm Crochet Hook (for border)
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
BLO – Back Loop Only
SLST – Slip Stitch
TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch
Lts – Last Tunisian Stitch
FwdP – Forward Pass
RetP – Return Pass
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
All these stitches and passes are covered in the Tunisian crochet course.
Last Tunisian stitch – Lts – Insert your hook under both vertical loops of the last stitch on the forward pass and complete as you would a Tunisian simple stitch.
Return Pass – RetP – CH1, *yarn over, pull through the 2nd and third loop on the hook* repeat from *to* until only 1 loop remains on the hook.
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 6 Tss X 7 Rows = 2 inches
Size: The Tunisian portion is 9 inches by 9 inches and the washcloth with 3 rows of the border is 11.5 inches by 11.5 inches.
How to Crochet a Border on Tunisian Crochet
This video will show you how to crochet a border on a Tunisian crochet project and also show you how to crochet the Back Loop Only Single Crochet Border that we will use on this washcloth.
Tunisian Crochet Washcloth (Simply Simple Washcloth)
-Written in US terms.
– The last stitch or each row starting on row 2 is worked as indicated in the special stitches.
-The return pass is a standard return pass and is written in the special stitch instructions above.
-After row 2, stop and measure your piece and make sure it is 9 inches wide. If it isn’t you can use the instructions above to adjust your foundation chain to make the sizing correct.
Tunisian Simple Stitch Pattern:
- Chain 33 and complete a foundation row as normal.
- Work a total of 30 rows of Tunisian simple stitch, including your foundation row or until your project measures 9 inches tall.
- Work a Slip Stitch bind off row to complete your washcloth. Do not fasten off. Follow the crochet pattern instruction below for the crochet border.
Alternative Step 2: Work a total of 30 rows of Tunisian Knit stitch, including your foundation row or until your project measures 9 inches tall. Continue with step three and the crochet border. This will give you a completely different look.
From where you ended the Tunisian crochet portion, switch to a 5mm crochet hook, and change your yarn colors if you would like to. These instructions are also shown in the video tutorial above.
Border Row 1: CH1, turn so you are working down the side of your project. SC in the side of each row until you reach the corner. CH2, turn, SC in the bottom of each ST until you reach the corner, CH2, turn, SC into the side of each row until you reach the corner, CH2, turn, SC into the top of each ST until you reach the first corner. CH2, SLST to the first SC of the border row.
Border Row 2: CH1, Work 2 SC into CH2 corner, *SC in BLO of each ST until you reach the CH2 space, Work 3SC into CH2 space,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. SC in BLO of each ST until you reach the first corner. SC into first corner. SLST to first SC.
Border Row 3: CH1, Work 2 SC into 1st ST, *SC in BLO of each ST until you reach the Center corner ST, Work 3SC into the Center corner ST,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. SC in BLO of each ST until you reach the first corner. SC into first corner. SLST to first SC.
You can fasten off after row 3 or repeat row 3 to create a wider border.
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