Easy Crochet Dotted Baby Washcloths

Hello, Hannah here with a quick and easy pattern for some darling baby washcloths!

These washcloths are a great alternative for a homemade baby shower gift if you don’t have time to make a full size blanket! I recently gifted a set to one of my good friends along with some baby bath products and she loved it!

I also made some of these washcloths for baby Nora a few weeks before she was born and I have loved using them for her bath time – they are super soft, dry fast and wash up great. 

These washcloths are made with Bernat Softee Baby Cotton, which is a cotton acrylic blend that comes in several lovely shades. It’s one of our favorite yarns to use when gifting a crochet project! One skein will definitely yield at least two washcloths, and I would estimate that you’d probably be able to make three or four. 

Materials

Bernat Softee Baby Cotton (60% cotton, 40% acrylic, 120 g/4.2 oz, 232 m/254 yds)

1 skein any color

Size H/5.00m hook, tapestry needle, scissors

Size

Finished size 6.5 in x 6.5 in

Gauge 2 in = 9 st and 9 rows of pattern

Stitches

Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops. 

Treble Crochet (TC): YO twice, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops. 

Slip Stitch (SL ST): Insert your hook, YO, pull up a loop and pull directly though loop on hook. 

Dotted Heart Pattern

Chain 22. 

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, work 1 SC in each chain. CH 1 and turn. 

Rows 2 – 4: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 5: Work 1 SC in each of the first 10 stitches, then work 1 TC in the next stitch. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 6: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn.

Row 7: Work 1 SC in each of the first 9 stitches, then work 1 TC in the next stitch, 1 SC in the next stitch and 1 TC in the next stitch. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 8: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 9: Work 1 SC in each of the first 8 stitches, then work 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC across the next 5 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 10: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 11: Work 1 SC in each of the first 7 stitches, then work 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC across the next 7 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 12: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 13: Work 1 SC in each of the first 6 stitches, then work 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC across the next 9 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 14: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 15: Work 1 SC in each of the first 5 stitches, then work 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC across the next 11 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 16: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 17: Work 1 SC in each of the first 4 stitches, then work 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 SC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC across the next 13 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 18: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 19: Work 1 SC in each of the first 5 stitches, then work 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC across the next 3 stitches, 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches, 1 TC, 1 SC, 1 TC across the next 3 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the remaining stitches. CH 1 and turn. 

Rows 20 – 23: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Dotted Washcloth Pattern

Chain 22. 

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, work 1 SC in each chain. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 2: Work 1 SC in the first stitch. *Work 1 TC in the next stitch, and 1 SC in the next stitch. Repeat from * across the row. CH 1 and turn.

Row 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 4: Work 1 SC in each of the first two stitches. *Work 1 TC in the next stitch, and 1 SC in the next stitch. Repeat from * across the row. End the row with SC in each of the last two stitches.  CH 1 and turn.

Row 5: Work 1 SC in each stitch across the row. CH 1 and turn.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 until you have 21 rows total. Tie off and weave in ends. 

Border

Pull up a loop in a corner, then CH 1. Work 1 round of SC around the edge of the square. Work 3 SC in each corner. 

At the starting corner, slip stitch into starting stitch. Continue working in same direction and CH 4. 

Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, work SC in each of the 3 chains back toward the edge of the square. *Slip stitch into the next stitch, and in the next stitch. Turn and work in the back loops of each of the 3 SC you just made. CH 1 and turn. Work back down the SC in the back loops only. (Be careful not to miss the 3rd stitch, it sometimes pulls tight and is hard to see.) Repeat from across * each side.

CORNERS: When you reach a corner space, only slip stitch once, before turning and *working the SC back up to the top of the border. Return and slip stitch once into the corner space. Repeat from * two more times, then resume slip stitching into each of the next two stitches and working across the side.

(If your corner isn’t looking rounded enough, you can slip stitch an additional time into the corner and work up and down an extra time with SC, or if it is causing the border to ripple, you can slip stitch into the corner only two times instead of three.)

When you reach the starting corner, work the corner the same way as previous corners. Stop when you get to the top of the border and tie off, then use a tapestry needle to sew corners together. Then tie off, weave in any additional ends and enjoy your washcloths!

If you’d like to add finishing touches to your washcloth, lay it out flat on a towel or foam blocking boards if you have them. Use a spray bottle with water to dampen. Press the washcloth into straight lines, massaging the stitches and adjusting your tension. Pin with straight pins and let it dry.

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