"No matter how terrified you may be, own your fear and take that leap anyway because whether you land on your feet or on your butt, the journey is well worth it."
-- Laurie Laliberte
"If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."
-- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
-- Anais Nin

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Two in One Month?! (free crochet pattern)

This one is quick and easy and was simply a labor of love. Well, okay, each of my patterns is a labor of love, but this one never would have come to be if not for a request by Melissa, Tweep Extraordinaire. You can thank her via twitter @Coppertop97. I present to you. . .

Plain & Simple Dish Cloth/Wash Cloth
by Laurie Laliberte
Big Girl Jewelry & More

All instructions use American terminology and standard abbreviations

Supplies needed:
about 1 oz. or 1/2 ball of worsted weight cotton yarn
size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
smaller hook or yarn needle for weaving in ends
stitch marker or length of scrap yarn (optional)


Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, [ch1, sk next ch, sc in next ch] across, turn (27 sts)

Row 2: ch1, sc in 1st sc, [sc in ch1 sp, ch1, sk next sc] across, sc in last 2 sts, turn (27 sts)

Row 3: ch1, sc in 1st sc, [ch1, sk next sc, sc in ch1 sp] across, ending with sc in last sc, turn (27 sts)

Rows 4-27: rep Rows 2-3 ending with a Row 3, turn

Finishing Round

ch1, sc in each st around working 3sc at each corner, join w/sl st in 1st sc, fo, weave in ends

Guide for optional hanging loop

Choose where you would like to place the hanging loop. You can place it anywhere you want. Most common placement would be in a corner.

As you work the Finishing Round, stop between 2 stitches, ch10, join w/sl st to last sc worked, sl st in each ch of the ch10, join again w/sl st, continue working sc where you left off.

I would love to see your finished project! Please send me photos so I may post them on my blog.

Your feedback is more than welcome. Feel free to email me with photos or any questions regarding this pattern at BigGirlJewelry@yahoo.com.

I have personally tested this pattern extensively, but human error is what it is. If you find a mistake in the pattern please let me know immediately.

About my work:

Any pattern I design and post is my property. Please do not duplicate my patterns for any reason especially to sell. Instead, please link to my blog (http://biggirljewelry.blogspot.com/) or to the pattern page when referencing one of my patterns.

You are more than welcome to offer finished products made from my patterns for sale. I see no reason why you should not profit from your hard work. However, I'd really appreciate it if you gave me credit for the design; please reference my blog or the pattern page.
If you do make any of my patterns I'd love to see your finished items; please feel free to email pictures to me.

If you are not interested in making your own pieces, I occasionally offer finished items in my shops on Etsy and Bonanzle. I also welcome special orders, so email me and let's work together.


Happy Crocheting!


  1. Sorry for the anonymous ID, I'm not a member here.....
    but I felt the need to point out that this pattern has been in existence for more than fifteen years (the foundation chain may be a slightly different count, but the rest of the pattern is exactly the same), my mother-in-law has made them by the dozen, so I'm wondering how you can tell people not to duplicate it?

  2. To be perfectly honest, If someone wants to copy one of my free patterns to share with a friend or relative, I really don't have a problem with it. I would just rather not see someone duplicating and selling it as my intent is to make sure that it remains available at no charge. I did not copy this pattern from another source. It IS something I pulled together on my own. The tag requesting that it not be duplicated is something I attach to all of my patterns and it is my right to do so.

  3. Re: the anonymous comment: Possibly there's some confusion here between the design and the pattern. The pattern is the words and photos (and diagrams, etc.) used to describe how to reproduce a given design — the pattern is not the same as the design or the ideas in it. And a pattern doesn't have to describe an utterly unique object for it to be validly owned by its creator. I'm reasonably sure Laurie wrote her own words and took her own photos, which makes them her intellectual property; unless of course you mean to say she's plagiarized the exact words and phrases on this page, and stolen someone else's photos from 15+ years ago. (...which would be a rather serious accusation, so I'm pretty sure that's not what you're saying. Correct me if I'm wrong, of course. ;))

    Anyway, as I read it, the disclaimer isn't meant to imply that Laurie owns the rights to all crocheted wash cloths across time that resemble this one. To me it doesn't look like it's aimed at all toward people who have come up with similar designs on their own, or who may in the future do so independently of ever seeing Laurie's pattern. To me it seems like it's aimed toward people at a stage in their crocheting careers where they wouldn't come up with something like this on their own or who prefer to use a pattern even for a simple design, and it reads something like "Hey, if you use or like my pattern and want to share it, please link back to this blog as the original source" - and it also requests that people who see the pattern as valuable not use Laurie's efforts for profit. (To do so would be kind of unfair, IMO, since *she* isn't using her efforts on this pattern for profit. ;)) The disclaimer isn't about Laurie discrediting the thought and effort other people have put into creating things that resemble this — it's about her wanting people not to discredit the time, thought, and effort she's spent.

    Absolutely correct me if I'm wrong, of course, Laurie, on any of my interpretations of your intent. I just figured since you expressly give people permission to sell things made using your patterns, you aren't really out to control people or to make wild, generalized claims of ownership or to prevent other people from getting proper credit and respect - you just want to remind people that your efforts also deserve respect, right? Maybe? ;)

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this. I know everyone is different, but I definitely find that following already-tested, easy, free, simple patterns for pretty, quick-to-make objects is the most efficient way for me to improve my crafting skills and techniques. When I try to make up patterns or wing projects without having a good foundation in the basics, I tend to mess up something simple and then convince myself I inherently suck ... when really I just tried to learn too many things at once. All the lovely free patterns out there provide a good way to develop my skills to a point where I feel confident in them ... confident enough to, say, spend money on a pattern because I'm pretty sure I'll be able to figure it out. ;)

  4. No prob. ;D (...Apparently I was feeling verbose. ;))

  5. What does sk mean>?

    1. "sk" is the abbreviation for skip...as in in skip as stitch or space. :-)
      Thanks for the tutorial and photos!

  6. Hi! thank you for stopping by.

    sk = skip

  7. I see this was posted last year but I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely pattern. I was looking for the perfect spa cloth to make for Christmas/birthday presents. This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us!

    1. Hi Susan!

      Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to say hello. We bloggers are an odd lot and I for one love receiving comments regardless of the age of the post. Especially with my pattern posts. Although I haven't thrown a freebie up herein a while, your feedback helps me decide what to do next.

  8. This is a great stitch! Super easy, once you get used to it, and perfect for a washcloth.

    1. Hi Allison! I'm glad you like it.

      I love this stitch because it allows for your cotton to fluff when you launder it. That makes it great for these types of projects. I actually do use some of the prototypes of my patterns in my own kitchen once I publish the patterns and this stitch makes for great absorbency without a ton of bulk.

      Thank you for taking the time to say hello.

  9. hi, can u make this pattern into dishtowel size?


    1. It should be easy enough to increase, just double the foundation chain and then crochet until you hit the size you want.

  10. hi,

    in row 1 do i ch. 1 after each sc?

    1. Yes. You're just alternating between ch1 and sc all the way across, ending with sc.

  11. Hi Thank for the pattern. It was easy and fast. I have made several different colors. I will try to send some pics (after I figure out how lol)

    1. Hey Dawn! Thank you for taking the time to say hello. I need to get my butt back to the drawing board and put up some new designs for everybody.

  12. Happened upon your blog through Pinterest ... love your patterns. These will make great "girlfriend" gifts.

    1. Hi Susan! Welcome. I'm glad you like it. I started crocheting washcloths because I love the idea of a handmade bar of soap wrapped in a handmade washcloth as a luxurious, but inexpensive, gift.

  13. Love the look of this! Starting one right now while I am recuperating from foot surgery:)
    Thank you!

    1. I'm happy you like it. Thank you for taking the time to say hello.

  14. I was "turned on" to your site by a friend when I asked whether she had a pattern for a picture of something she made using your pattern as a basis. I love this stitch pattern and hope to try it out soon. Thanks for providing a ready-made pattern to follow!