Finally, I’ve written a crochet pattern!
It’s small and simple, but pretty and practical. It uses the Cedar Stitch, which is the name I’ve given to a stitch pattern that I created. Of course, the world of crochet on the internet is vast, so if you come across its twin with a different name, please let me know. I certainly want to give credit where credit is due!
I created Cedar Stitch when I was looking for a way to create two-way stretch in crochet without the usual big holes. When Cedar Stitch stretches, the spaces are triangular. That’s pretty neat. It has a lovely organic texture and—best of all—it’s incredibly easy to make.
It has a similar structure to moss or linen stitch, so if you know how to do that one already, this will be a cinch.
Cedar Stitch characteristics:
- two-way stretch = great for garments
- no big holes/gaps
- not bulky
- organic texture
- simple construction—uses only chains and single crochet
What’s the simplest way to learn a stitch and make a usable object? By crocheting a washcloth/dishcloth, of course!
So, here it is: make it, share it—it’s free.
Cedar Stitch Washcloth Pattern
Difficulty Level: Easy
- Lily Sugar ‘n Cream worsted weight cotton (71g/120 yds), 1 skein of preferred color
- 5mm crochet hook
Gauge: 16 sts and 16 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch
Dimensions: 6.5” x 6.5”
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch* across, ending on sc. (25 sts)
Rows 2-25: Turn, sc in first st. *Ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next sc* across, ending on sc.
Do not fasten off.
Border is worked in sc starting at the end of Row 25, where the last stitch was made.
Work 2 more sc into the last stitch of Row 25, forming the first corner. Work 1 sc into the side of each row (23 sc in each side). In each corner, work 3 sc. Join in beginning sc with sl st. Weave in ends.
Weave in ends.
Optional: block by soaking in water, pressing with a towel, and shaping on a flat surface to dry.