It’s time for another Christmas Present Crochet-Along! I know many of you had suggested a washcloth as one of our “quick” gifts and this one is perfect! You may decide it looks to pretty to use as a washcloth but even using it in the kitchen as a decoration is a great idea! My good friend Mistie, from American Crochet designed Project #3 so let’s give her a big THANKS! I’ve decided that I’m going to use Cascade Luna for my washcloth and can’t wait to see how it turns out! I’m sure before it’s over, we’ll see lots of different yarns and colors used! Be sure to add them to the link below! You can check out Project 1 and Project 2 if you’d like to see what we’ve been up to lately!
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Christmas in the summer gets the crafter thinking about the holiday season and all the special gifts they are in need of making. This washcloth uses4 colors of Red Heart Cream de la Cream cotton and a H Brittany hook. The poinsettia is crocheted along with the square then joined together to form a beautiful, nice size washcloth. It is very soft and durable to use, although it could be placed on the counter for decoration (ya know..if you think it’s too pretty to use!)
It’s another great project for our Christmas Present Crochet-Along don’t you think? I would like to extend a warm welcome and thanks to American Crochet for designing this pattern for our Christmas Present Crochet-Along! Don’t forget to check out her blog and see all the other wonderful designs just waiting for you! Hey…if you use your imagination, couldn’t you see this as a beautiful square for an afghan project too?
1. Yarn: Red Heart Cream de la Cream Worsted Weight 100 % cotton, 2.5 oz, 70.9 g, 125 yds I used a small amount of #0205 Golden Yellow (color A), #0905 Really Red (color B), #0649 Forest (color C), and #0001 White (color D)
2. Hook: Brittany H/5.0mm (You do not have to use a Brittany Hook as any size H hook is fine.)
3. Tapestry Needle for weaving in the ends
Lying flat 10 inches square
Gauge: Not Important for this project.
Ch/chs = chain/chains
Dc = double crochet
Dc cl = double crochet cluster (See Special Stitches)
Hdc = half double crochet
Rnd = Round
Sc = single crochet
Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
Sl st = slip stitch
Sp/sps = space/spaces
St/sts = stitch/stitches
1. Double Crochet Cluster Stitch also Double Crochet 3 Together Stitch (DC3Tog)
YO hook insert hook into the indicated stitch. YO and draw up a loop, YO and draw through the first 2 loops on the hook. YO insert our hook in same st and draw through a loop; you should have 4 loops on your hook. YO draw through the first 2 loops only and you should have 3 loops on your hook. YO and insert hook same stitch and draw through that will give you 5 loops on your hook. YO and draw through the first 2 loops. That will leave you with 4 loops on your hook. YO and draw through all 4 loops on the hook. Secure the cluster with a chain stitch.
2. Reverse Single Crochet aka Crab Stitch
This is worked from left to right (or opposite direction) With right side of project facing you Chain 1, *insert hook into next stitch to right, yarn over and pull through, (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops*. Continue working * * until you have reached the end of project. Slip stitch into first chain 1 and fasten off, weave in ends.
Poinsettia and square are worked then sewn together.
Ch 1 at beginning of rows or rounds does not count as a stitch
Center of Flower
With Color A (Yellow) ch 4 sl st together to form ring
Work 4 dc cl sts (See Special Stitches) inside ring; join with sl st to top of 1st cl st
Fasten off color A
Small Petals: (You will make 4 petals in ch-1 sps of dc cl)
Attach color B (Red) into a ch 1 sp for 1st petal
Row 1: ch 1, 4 sc in same ch 1 sp, ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Row 2: hdc in 1st sc and each sc across, ch 1, turn (4 hdc)
Rows 3: repeat row 2
Row 4: sc2tog twice, ch 1, turn (2sc)
Row 5: sc2tog, (DO NOT FASTEN OFF) working in sides of rows on left of petal just made sl st to base, sl st into next ch 1 sp; First petal complete
Repeat (rows 1 – 5) 3 times
At base of last petal turn work to back making loops for next row of petals
Ch3 sl st into opposite side of petal, *ch 3, sl st into 1st st of next petal, ch 3, sl st into last st of petal, repeat around from *; (8 ch 3 spaces)
Large Petals (You will make 8 petals in ch-3 spaces just made)
Turn work working behind small petals sl st into 1st ch 3 sp
Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc in same sp, ch 1, turn (6 sc)
Row 2: sc in first st and each st across; ch 1, turn (6 sc)
Row 3 – 5: repeat row 2 (6 sc)
Row 6: sc2tog, sc next 2 sc, sc2tog; ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Row 7: sc across; ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Row 8: sc2tog twice (2 sc)
Row 9: sc2tog. (DO NOT FASTEN OFF) working in sides of rows on left of petal just made sl st to base, sl st into next ch 3 sp; First petal complete
Repeat (rows 1 – 9) 7 times Total of 8 large petals
At base of last petal fasten off red
On side of 1st large petal attach color C (green) on back to make loops for row of leaves
Ch3, sl st into opposite side of next petal, repeat 3 times; join with sl st into 1st ch; (4 ch-3 spaces)
Turn working behind 2 rows of red petals
Row 1: sl st into 1st ch 3 loop, 8sc into loop; ch 1, turn (8 sc)
Row 2: sc in 1st sc and each across; ch 1, turn (8 sc)
Rows 3 – 8: repeat row 2 (8 sc)
Row 9: sc2tog, sc next 4, sc2tog; ch 1, turn (6 sc)
Row 10: sc in 1st st and across; ch 1, turn (6 sc)
Row 11: sc2tog, sc next 2 sts, sc2tog; ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Row 12: sc in 1st st and across; ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Row 13: sc2tog 2 times (2 sc)
Row 14: sc2tog (DO NOT FASTEN OFF) working in sides of rows on left of leaf just made sl st to base, sl st into next ch 3 sp; First leaf complete
Repeat (rows 1 – 14) 3 times Total of 4 large leaves
At base of last leaf fasten off green work in all ends lay aside
12 inch square with color D (White)
Ch 4, join to form ring.
Rnd 1: ch 1, (does not count) 8 sc in ring, join with sl st to 1st sc (8 sc)
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in same st as join and each st around; join with sl st tin 1st hdc (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: ch 1, 2 hdc in same st as join, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat from *to* around; join with sl st in 1st hdc (24hdc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, hdc in same st as join and next 4 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) corner made, *hdc in next 5 sts, corner in next st,* repeat 2 more times, joining with sl st in 1st hdc (5 hdc on each side and 4 corners)
Rnd 5: ch 1, dc in same st as join, and next 6 sts, corner in ch 2 sp, dc in next 7 sts, corner in ch 2 sps, dc in next 7 sts, corner in ch 2 sps, dc in next 7 sts, corner in ch 2 sps; join with sl st to 1st dc (7 dc on each side and 4 corners)
Rnd 6 – 10: Repeat Rnd 5 increasing dc on each side evenly between corners
Rnd 11: Work reverse single crochet (See Special Stitches) in each st around placing 2 in each corner.
Fasten off and weave ends
Place poinsettia centered on top of square with the leaves pointing to each corner. Pin in place and sew the flower to the square around rnd 4, leaving the ends of petals and leaves loose.
Happy Hooking and Enjoy!
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