Celebrate this summer with the Stars & Stripes Washcloth! This design works well for team or school colors too. The star stitch pattern is fast and fun to make, and gives the washcloth its fabulous, scrubby texture. A photo and video tutorial for the crochet star stitch is also available.
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Stars and Stripes Washcloth
- Cascade Ultra Pima cotton, DK weight yarn
- Size H / 5 mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle
Intermediate – Star stitch.
9 inches square.
21 sc x 23 rows = 4 inches. Use pattern as gauge swatch: After Row 7, your work should measure about 9 inches x 2 inches.
(Pattern is written in US terms)
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- star = star stitch (see Special Stitch)
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- yo = yarn over
- RS = right side
Special Stitch – Star Stitch:
See this Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial for a more detailed look.
Anatomy of a Star – Each star stitch is a cluster of 6 loops. The chain at the end forms the eye, the 6 loops form the legs, and the last chain worked into is the base.
Star Stitch (star) – Working into the previous star, pick up one loop in the eye, one loop in the last leg, and one loop at the base, pick up a loop in each of next 2 chs, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1.
With A, ch 50 (multiple of 2 + 6).
First Red (A) Stripe:
Row 1 (RS): Sk first ch, pick up a loop in each of next 5 chs, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 (first star made); work star stitch across (see Special Stitch), hdc in base of last star (this should be the last ch). (23 stars)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first hdc, sc in eye of next star, 2 sc in eye of each star across, sc in corner (top of turning ch from previous row), changing to B. Fasten off A. (47 sc)
White (B) Stripe:
Row 3: With B, turn, ch 2, sk first ch, pick up a loop in front loop of next ch, pick up a loop in back loop of same ch, pick up a loop in each of next 3 sts, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 (first star made); work star stitch across, hdc in base of last star. (23 stars)
Row 4: With B, repeat row 2, changing to A at end of row. Fasten off B.
Red (A) Stripe:
Row 5: With A, repeat row 3.
Row 6: Repeat row 2.
Rows 7-15: Repeat rows 3-6 twice, then repeat row 3 once more.
Row 16: Repeat row 4, changing to C at end of row. Fasten off B.
You should now have a total of 4 red stripes and 4 white stripes.
Rows 17-34: With C, and without changing colors, repeat rows 3-4 nine times.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.
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