Cedar Stitch Washcloth: New Stitch, New Pattern

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!

Cedar Stitch

cedar stitch sample 2.jpgI 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
UPDATE (1/27/21): To help you differentiate between linen stitch and cedar stitch, here’s a rather hastily-drawn diagram. When I have more time, I’ll make a nicer-looking one!
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

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Download Pattern PDF

Difficulty Level: Easy Materials
  • 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” Abbreviations (USA): ch      chain sc       single crochet sl st   slip stitch sk      skip st       stitch WASHCLOTH Ch 26 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 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. Finishing Weave in ends. Optional: block by soaking in water, pressing with a towel, and shaping on a flat surface to dry. washcloth corner with watermark.jpg
Pattern written by Jenn Palmer for Mushrump.com. This pattern may not be reproduced or copied without written permission of the author.

3 thoughts on “Cedar Stitch Washcloth: New Stitch, New Pattern

  1. I am new to learning crochet, and can’t seem to understand from the directions how this is different from a linen stitch!


    1. Hi! The linen stitch is made by doing a single crochet into the chain space (below the ch1), but in this stitch you are doing the single crochet into the single crochet below it. I’ll try drawing a diagram and uploading it.


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