There’s just something about the holidays that makes me want to turn my brain off. I love to crochet, but I just can’t handle a complicated pattern in the middle of the gift-giving season. The new Merci Cloth was designed to be practical, fun, and easy to make while you let your mind wander.
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Tunisian Crochet for Kitchen and Bath
Crochet washcloths should be just as practical as they are pretty. The Tunisian crochet smock stitch gives you the strength that you’re looking for in a pattern like this as well as the beauty. I’ve been a fan of this stitch for a long time – it’s actually one of my first and most popular Tunisian crochet videos! I updated the video for my Tunisian Holiday Sampler and makers are loving the rhythmic pattern.
The Merci Cloth was inspired by this lovely stitch. I wanted to make a pattern with it, but the stitch can be quite time-consuming to work up. With that in mind, I kept the piece small, going for a crochet washcloth and matching towel. Both pieces can be used either in the kitchen or the bathroom and make great gifts for holidays and housewarmings.
Crochet Washcloth with Cotton Yarn from WeCrochet
I’m notorious for being hard on cotton yarns when crocheting – I only have a few cotton yarns that I like. But I went out on a limb and tried Dishie from WeCrochet. It’s a 100% cotton worsted weight yarn with a tight twist and high absorbency. I was attracted to Dishie because of the beautiful colors and the low price (one ball with 190 yards will only set you back $3!).
Once I started making the Merci Cloth, I couldn’t stop! In one weekend, I made 4 towels and 4 matching crochet washcloths. The towels will take 2 balls of Dishie and the washcloths take just 1 ball. Explore the full range of Dishie yarn with plenty of cool, warm, and neutral colors to choose from.
Even if you don’t go with Dishie for this pattern, I highly recommend using 100% cotton yarn, especially if you plan to use yout crochet washcloth and not just display it. Cotton yarn has great absorbency, it washes well, and it will hold it’s color pretty well over time. I would caution against using acrylic or any animal fiber with this pattern.
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Merci Cloth Details
- WeCrochet Dishie yarn, 1 ball for washcloth size, 2 balls for towel size. Samples made in the colors Linen (tan), Blush (pink), Conch (coral), Swan (off-white), Clarity (light gray), Navy (navy blue), and Creme Brulee (yellow)
- 6mm Tunisian crochet hook with 12″ cord (like THIS ONE)
- Tape measure
Washcloth (Towel) – 8″ x 8″ (14″ x 18″)
6″ = 24 sts x 19.5 rows
Ch = chain
Lts = Last Tunisian Stitch (see Special Stitches)
RetP = Return Pass (see Special Stitches)
Sl st = slip stitch
St(s) = stitch(es)
Tss = Tunisian simple stitch
Tss2tog = Tunisian simple stitch 2 together (see Special Stitches)
Yu = yarn under (see Special Stitches)
Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts): insert hook under BOTH vertical bars of the last stitch and complete as for Tunisian simple stitch
Return Pass (RetP): ch 1, (yarn over, pull through the next 2 loops on hook) until only one loop remains on the hook
Tunisian Simple Stitch 2 Together (tss2tog): insert hook under the front vertical bar of each of the next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through both loops
Yarn Under (yu): bring yarn to front of the hook as for Tunisian purl stitch, hold yarn against the hook with your index finger before completing the next stitch.
NOTE: Pattern is written for the Washcloth with changes for the Towel in parentheses.
More of a visual learner? Use this video to get the hang of the Tunisian Smock Stitch!
Merci Cloth Pattern
ROW 1: Ch 32 (56), pull up a loop in the back bump of the 2nd ch from the hook and each remaining ch, RetP.
ROW 2: (Tss2tog, yu) across to last st, Lts, RetP.
ROW 3: Tss 1, (tss2tog, yu) to last 2 sts, tss 1, Lts, RetP.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to 32 (63) total rows.
LAST ROW: Ch 8 (this is the hanging loop), sl st in the front vertical bar of the first st, sl st in each vertical bar across row to bind off, inserting hook as for Lts on the last st. Fasten off.
-Weave in all ends.
-Steam block to finished measurements. I like to block my piece with the wrong side facing up to prevent flattening the stitches on the right side.
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Thanks for joining me to make the Merci Cloth. I’ll be spending the upcoming weekend wrapping these pretty washcloths with handmade soap and hand cream to give as gifts this holiday season 🙂