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

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

washcloth folded with watermark.jpg

Download Pattern PDF

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”

Abbreviations (USA):
ch      chain
sc       single crochet
sl st   slip stitch
sk      skip
st       stitch


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 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.

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.

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