Mock Tunisian Washcloth
Tunisian Crochet is beautiful, but it can be tricky for a beginning crocheter to learn. This mock-Tunisian pattern is a way to cheat and get a textured fabric simply and quickly without all the intricacies of Tunisian stitches. In the first photo, the pink washcloth was created using Tunisian Crochet. The blue washcloth is made with the pattern below. The Tunisian cloth is much thicker and more dimensional, but the "mock" washcloth offers a pretty look using a simple technique.
2 colors Worsted Weight Cotton Thread (Peaches and Cream or Kitchen Cotton is Perfect)
Start out by making a simple DC square. You can make it any size you like for your washcloth.
Row 1 - DC in 3rd chain from hook and all the way across. (22 DC)
Row 2 – chain 3 (counts as first DC). DC across (22 DC)
Rows 3-12 – repeat row 2.
After row 12, finish off.
(Note – you don’t have to switch colors – if you’re working with a self-striping yarn, you can get very pretty results by not changing colors – see photo of Red, White and Blue washcloth)
You will now be working from side to side across your work, weaving a slip stitch through your DC stitches.
With contrast color, attach the yarn with a slip stitch to the side post of your last DC.
Now, working in the spaces between your DCs, draws up a slip stitch in each space.
To do this, you’ll want to hold your lead yarn behind your work. Working from front to back, put you hook down through the fabric between the next 2 DC and pull up a loop creating a slip stitch. Continue all the way down the row.
At the end of the row, do a slip stitch around the final post. Now working down towards your next row of DC, slip stitch on the edge between the 2 rows, slip stitch in the 2nd row down. Now turning your work, slip stitch through the 2nd row across to the other side.
Continue this pattern slip stitching across the work, and snaking back and forth. When you get to the end, finish off and weave in your yarn tail.