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Merci Cloths – free crochet pattern for washcloth and matching towel

Ready for some mindful crochet? Get your hooks ready because you’ll want to make the Merci Cloth right now! Try the free pattern now, thanks to WeCrochet.

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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Free crochet pattern for Tunisian crochet washcloth and dish towel made with cotton yarn. Beginner friendly with video tutorial. | TLYCBlog.com

Get the Merci Cloth pattern from TLYarnCrafts.com and Ravelry. The PDF printable version is a one-page ad-free pattern for easy crocheting.

Keep scrolling for the free version of the Merci Cloth!

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.

Free crochet pattern for Tunisian crochet washcloth and dish towel made with cotton yarn. Beginner friendly with video tutorial. | TLYCBlog.com

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!).

Free crochet pattern for Tunisian crochet washcloth and dish towel made with cotton yarn. Beginner friendly with video tutorial. | TLYCBlog.com

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.

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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.

Free crochet pattern for Tunisian crochet washcloth and dish towel made with cotton yarn. Beginner friendly with video tutorial. | TLYCBlog.com
Free crochet pattern for Tunisian crochet washcloth and dish towel made with cotton yarn. Beginner friendly with video tutorial. | TLYCBlog.com

Get The Merci Cloth

  • Get a one-page ad-free printable pattern HERE.
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  • Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue HERE.

Merci Cloth Details

MATERIALS

  • 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)
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

FINISHED SIZE

Washcloth (Towel) – 8″ x 8″ (14″ x 18″)

GAUGE

6″ = 24 sts x 19.5 rows

ABBREVIATIONS

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)

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.

FINISHING

-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.

Free crochet pattern for Tunisian crochet washcloth and dish towel made with cotton yarn. Beginner friendly with video tutorial. | TLYCBlog.com

Prefer an ad-free, printable pattern? Get the Merci Cloth pattern for just $5 HERE.

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 🙂

Share your crochet washcloth and towel with me on Instagram using #TLYCMakers. Then pop into the TLYC Makers Facebook group and share there too – we can’t wait to see it 🙂

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5 Comments

  • Reply Erin Awalt

    I love the merci cloth pattern but I have made 2 and mine are not rectangular, the finished end is a good 3cm longer than the starting edge and I can’t figure out why! Am I doing something wrong?

    December 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! You’re probably doing just fine. Cotton is very elastic so the edges might not end up the same width. Blocking the finished cloth to the finished dimensions should fix this.

      December 28, 2020 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Marcia

    What a pretty stitch – thanks for the excellent tutorial video and pattern!

    January 21, 2021 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Emily Lippert

    You just taught me how to Tunisian crochet! I’ve been knitting and crocheting for years, but stumbled across one of your YouTube videos on TC and had to see more. Love this quick and easy project and your instructional video was perfect! I’ll be back to learn more once I have a few dishcloths made. 😁

    February 7, 2021 at 10:23 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad I could help 🙂 Happy stitching!!

      February 10, 2021 at 4:58 pm

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