Free Pattern · Washcloth Collection 2021

Washcloth #15 ~ Clam Stitch Washcloth

The Clam stitch is an interesting stitch that produces a subtly textured fabric. The stitches produces fans or arches that look like clam shells.

The Clam stitch washcloth is made up of alternating fans and double crochet. The stitches create a design that looks almost floral but isn’t overly feminine. This stitch would make a great blanket.

This is a washcloth that would be a great all purpose cloth. You can see the whole collection here to find the perfect washcloth for whatever use you can imagine!

There are two ways to access this pattern. One is for free right here on the blog (just scroll down). The other is by purchasing it. It is available on Ravelry or on Lovecrafts for a small fee. Purchasing these patterns is a great way to enable me to continue publishing free patterns here. The PDF is ad-free and is great for couch crocheting or popping into your project bag to take on a road trip or to keep in the car for those spare moments throughout the day.

DESCRIPTION:

The Clam stitch washcloth is made up of alternating fans and DC. The stitches create a design that looks almost floral but isn’t overly feminine. This stitch would make a great blanket.

GAUGE & SIZING:

Gauge (tension) isn’t very important in this project. For reference, my gauge is 9 DC + 1 Fan and 7 rows per 4″.

Play around with hook sizes until you find one that makes a fabric you like. This pattern is written to produce a washcloth that is roughly 8 inches by 10 inches unblocked.

ABBREVIATIONS & STITCHES USED:

ch = chain

st = stitch

sp = space

DC = double crochet

V stitch = (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in same sp or st

FPDC = Front post DC: Work DC as usual but work it around the post of the next st below, inserting hook from the front right and hook exiting from the back left.

* * = Repeat what is in asterisks the indicated number of times

( ) = Work all in the same sp or st.

MATERIALS:

About 70-90 yards of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Lime Green or any #4 cotton or cotton blend.

A 4.0 mm (F) hook

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitch markers if desired.

PATTERN:

Ch 39

1. DC in 4th chain from hook and in each of the next 3 chains.

*Sk 1, V st in next. Sk 1, DC in each of the next 5 chains.*

Repeat to end. Turn.

2. Ch 3 (counts as a stitch). FPDC around each of the next 4 DC.

*Sk 2 DC, V st in ch 2 sp. Sk 2 DC. 1 FPDC around each of the next 5 DC*

repeat across.

Repeat 2 until piece reaches stated measurements or desired size.

FINISHING:

Weave in your ends:

Thread the needle with one yarn tail. Weave the needle back through several stitches, about an inch. Turn and go back through, beginning in the second stitch from needle. Repeat once more. Repeat with any other yarn tails. Snip the tails.

This is a fun pattern and I think you’ll enjoy playing around with it. The multiple is 10 + 2 (plus 2 for the foundation chain.) I think it would make a great baby blanket. It has a gentle texture and almost no holes.

If you’d like this pattern in an ad-free PDF, you can purchase it for a small fee here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern. See you next week!

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