Updated: Apr 5, 2022
Welcome to the second day of the Mother's Day CAL that I am hosting this month! Today we will work on the washcloths in the spa set!
To do a little recap though, on Wednesday the 7th I announced I will be hosting a Mother's Day CAL during the Month of April using the "Ocean Spray Spa Set" Pattern that I just finished writing. When the whole set is complete you will be able to dress it up in a basket with some soaps and chocolates to gift to a special someone in your life on Sunday, May 9th!
This pattern includes 2 washcloths, 3 textured face scrubbies, a wash mitt, back scrubber, soap saver and bath mat. Wednesday we did the bath rug/mat and today we will work on 2 washcloth designs for the set!
I am not going to waste your time today with any fluff so here are the pattern instructions for both washcloth designs! Don't forget if you have any questions or if you are wanting to share progress photos you can do so in the Orchid and Bee's VIP group!
The instructions for the two washcloths include 2 sizes, a 5x5 inch size or 9x9 inch size. If you are wanting to them to be exact in size then here is how to work the gauge to get the right tension and or hook size:
Gauge Info -
4hdc = approx. 1 inch
3 rows = approx. 1 inch
Swatch = approx 4 x 4:
Begin: Ch 17
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc next 15, ch 1. (16st)
Row 2 - 12: Turn, 16 hdc, ch 1. (16st)
As mentioned in last weeks post here is the material list for the overall spa set:
100 % cotton- color(s) of choice
I used “Lily Sugar `n Cream”
Beach Glass (Aqua)
I used approximately 8 oz of 100% cotton or approximately 400 yards to make a set that includes (2 5x5 washcloths, 3 face scrubbers, back scrubber, wash mitt, and soap holder)
Hook - G or 4mm
Tissue Paper *optional
Extra fillers of choice (soap, chocolates, essential oils, etc) *optional
Shrink Wrap Gift Bags *optional
MR - Magic Ring
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
Dc - double crochet
Tr - treble/triple crochet
FPDC - front post double crochet
BPDC - back post double crochet
Sp - space
#st - complete # number of sts in same space
St # - complete stitch in next # number of spaces
( ) - do all in the same stitch
CS - Camel Stitch
CSFS - Camel stitch in the front side 3rd loop of the hdc st
BO - bobbles
Camel Stitch (CS)- for this pattern, work a half double crochet stitch into the 3rd loop which is located on the backside, also known as the wrong side. For a video tutorial, I recommend following the one on Yarnspirations website: https://www.yarnspirations.com/how-to-video-rh-20141030-crochet-camel-stitch-technique.html
Camel Stitch Front Side - for this pattern, work a half double crochet stitch into the 3rd loop on the front side of your work. You will not be using the traditional front or back loop at the top of your work.
Note: beginning chains do not count as a st unless otherwise noted
Note: begin each st in the same space as the beginning chain
Starboard Washcloth (Design 1):
Note: beginning chains do not count as a stitch except for rows 4 & 5
Note: Odd rows are the right side up
Begin for 5 x 5 size: Ch 21
Begin for 9 x 9 size: Ch 37
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc to end, ch 1. (20st) (36st)
Row 2: Turn, CSFS across, ch 2. (20st) (36st)
Row 3: Turn, BLO dc across, ch 2. (20st) (36st)
Note: Turning ch counts as a stitch for rows 4 & 5 (work around the post of the next st for the first FPDC/BPDC
Note: photo shows what it will look like using the turning ch as a stitch
Note: if you do not want to use the turning ch as a stitch you can do a DC in the same sp as the ch and then begin your FPDC/BPDC
Row 4: Turn, *FPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* across, FPDC 2, dc, ch 2. (20st) (36st)
Row 5: Turn, *BPDC 2, dc 2*, repeat *to* across, BPDC 2, dc, ch 1. (20st) (36st)
Row 6: Turn, sc across, ch 2. (20st) (36st)
Row 7: Turn, dc across, ch 2. (20st) (36st)
Row 8 & 9: Repeat row 4 & 5. (20st) (36st)
Note: For 9 x 9 Repeat rows 6 - 9 two more times before proceeding to the final 3 rows below
Row 10: Turn, FLO sc across, ch 1. (20st) (36st)
Row 11: Turn, Hdc across, ch 1. (20st) (36st)
Row 12: Turn, CSFS across, fasten off, weave in ends. (20st) (36st) *optional - sc or crab stitch around all four sides for a border
The 5 x 5 washcloth looks like this! I love this texture!
And here is what the 9 x 9 size will look like. Neither of these have a border yet but as you can see they will work with or without a border, especially if you decide to block yours if you are wanting to go the extra mile. My kids love these so I don't worry about it in my house lol!
If these were going in a set as a gift I would definitely spruce up the edges with something pretty and might even had a loop for those who like to hang dry them on a hook.
Here are the instructions for the second washcloth design! It makes use of the primrose stitch and makes for a simple and elegant look! If you made the bath made from Wednesday's post then you already know how to do this pattern and you will only be changing the beginning chain!
Wind Sail Washcloth (Design 2):
Note: This design is using the primrose stitch, refer to the diagram for assistance or there are several youtube tutorials on the primrose stitch that can help; there is also a photo below row 18 showing what the shell stitches and sets will look like
Black Circles = Beginning Ch
Red X’s = skipped chains or stitches
Vertical Blue ovals and pink diamonds = *(sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2*
Green double loops (set of 3) = *3dc in each ch 2 sp* (ch 2 space = pink horizontal diamonds
Note: The ch for the foundation row is done in multiples of 3 + 2
Note: shell = 3dc, set = (sc,ch2,sc)
Note: depending on your tension you may need to repeat rows 4&5 an additional time until you reach 5 inches/9inches
Begin for 5 x 5 size: Ch 23 OR
Begin for 9 x 9 size: Ch 38
Row 1: (Sc, ch 2, sc) in 3rd ch from hook, sk 2, *(sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2*, repeat *to* to end, hdc in the last st. (you will have 7 sets of (sc,ch2,sc) and 1 hdc for the 5 x 5 size and 13 sets for the 9 x 9)
Row 2: Turn, ch 3 or ch 2 for a tighter/sharper edge, *3dc (shell) in the next ch 2 sp* repeat across, 1 dc in top of the beginning ch. (7 shells and 1 dc for 5 x5 size and 13 shells and 1 dc for 9 x 9 size)
Row 3: Turn, ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc), into 2nd stitch of shell, sk 2, *(sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2*, repeat across, hdc in last st. (you will have 7 sets of (sc,ch2,sc) and 1 hdc for the 5 x 5 size and 13 sets for the 9 x 9)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (7 shells and 1 dc for 5 x5 size and 13 shells and 1 dc for 9 x 9 size)
Row 5 - 10 for 5 x 5 size OR
Row 5 - 18 for 9 x 9 size: Repeat rows 3 & 4, fasten off after last stitch of last row or sc around for a simple border, weave in ends. (7 shells and 1 dc for 5 x5 size and 13 shells and 1 dc for 9 x 9 size)
Feel free to make as many of each as you desire to add to your spa set! I love that these work up pretty quickly and have a texture that is great for exfoliation!
If you want to make a bath rug that matches the "Wind Sail" washcloth design then you will want to be sure to check out Wednesday's blog post here.
I look forward to seeing you next Saturday! I will be posting the instructions for how to make the 3 textured facial scrubbies!
Feel free to share and invite your friends! Everyone is welcome! Don't forget that at the end of this CAL everyone who posts a finishing photo will get the PDF from the Ravelry shop with all 9 patterns! Also don't forget there will be a grand prize awarded for the photo with the most likes, hearts, and unique comments as well!
Thanks again for stopping by Orchid and Bee's! I enjoy each and every one of you and am so grateful for each of you! Have a great weekend! See you soon!
Lots of Love and Blessings,
Orchid and Bee's