Saturday, 18 November 2017

JUST for MEN - The Manly Washcloth


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Real Men use Washcloths 
and these crochet washcloths are man-sized 
with the perfect texture for cleaning
and exfoliating manly bodies. 

Whether men admit to using a washcloth or not, one thing for sure is the fact that everyone benefits from a good scrub when in the bath or shower, and this manly SCRUB and RUB Washcloth is absolutely perfect for an entire body revitalizing wash. 

Men with beards, moustaches and bald heads can enhance their exfoliating regime by using a good sized, sturdy, washcloth made from a 100% cotton yarn. I designed the perfect washcloth for my man, and you can now make it too, I am sure your man will really appreciate this little handmade gift.

Suggested Yarn

I recommend a yarn which is 100% cotton and my favourite cotton yarns have always been Bendigo Woollen Mills from Australia, however now I have found a very good substitute here in the UK and it is King Cole Cottonsoft DK. Both cotton yarns are lovely and soft, and when they are wet, they are robust enough to give you a good scrub. 

However today I am will use Wendy Supreme Cotton, firstly because I hope it will be longer lasting and more robust with a good firm scrub, and secondly I have these lovely colours in my stash. 

You can substitute the yarn if you wish, just remember to check the YARNSUB website, to get the best match.


Stitch Pattern

This washcloth is made using half double crochet two together (hdc2tog) to create a knobbly textured fabric, you will need to be comfortable with working through the 5 loops on the hook. Also, I have used a 4ply for the main stitch and 8ply for the contrast stitch,  these two yarns work well together especially where the stitch changes to single crochet.

Are you ready? then let's get started with this FREE PATTERN for the SCRUB and RUB Manly Washcloth.


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PATTERN DETAILS:

Yarn Used: MC - Wendy Supreme Cotton 4ply ● 100% Cotton ● 100g ● 267m (292 yds); and CC - Wendy Supreme Cotton DK ● 100% Cotton ● 100g ● 201m (220 yds)

Yardage: MC - 105m (115yd); CC - 26m (29yd)

Hook: 4mm

Notions: Yarn needle

Size: One (1) size

Measurements: approx. Length - 27cm (10.5in); Width 24cm (9.5in)


PATTERN NOTES: Washcloth is crochet flat. Border is crochet in the round. This washcloth is made using two (2) colours, and two (2) different yarn weights. Photographs accompany the written instructions of this pattern.



This pattern is written in USA AMERICAN Crochet Terms.


USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) = work instructions within parenthesis as directed,
different sizes, total stitches
* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
** = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Ch = chain
ch-sp/s = chain space/s
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.



SPECIAL STITCH:
hdc2tog = half double crochet two together
Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook, yarn over hook, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook, yarn over hook, pull through all 5 loops on hook.



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ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES


PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:


With 4mm hook and CC - DK yarn

Row 1: Ch36, TURN.


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Row 2: Ch1, work in back bump of each ch st, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each st to end. TURN. (36sts)

Change to MC - 4ply yarn

Row 3: Ch2, hdc2tog in first and second sc, *hdc2tog, in same sc as last st, then in next sc, rep from * to end, TURN. (35 clusters)


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Row 4: Ch2, work the first insertion in the base of ch2, hdc2tog in first and second hdc2tog, * hdc2tog in the same place as last st, then in next hdc2tog, rep from * to end, work the last insertion in the top of ch2, TURN. (35 clusters)

Row 5 and 6: Rep Row 4


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Change to CC - DK yarn

Row 7: Ch1, 2sc in first st, sc in next and each st to end, work last sc in the top of ch2, TURN. (36sts)

Row 8: Ch1, sc to end, TURN. (36sts)


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Continue in pattern, changing colour as directed and repeating Rows 3-8.


Finish with Row 8. Do not cut yarn, hide all yarn ends before proceeding with Border.

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Border

Continue with CC
2Sc in same st as last st in Row 8. *Continue along side of rows. (Sl st, ch1) in each hdc2tog row, and (sl st, ch1) once in between sc rows**. 3sc in next corner, sc in each st of foundation chain, 3sc in corner, rep from * to **, 2sc in last corner, invisible join.

Fasten off, hide ends.




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If you wish you can make the washcloth shorter in length and more of a square by omitting the last repeat. The stitch pattern in the washcloth will stretch a little lengthwise after being used.

ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES


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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
Copyright (C) 2008 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.

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