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Free Pattern: Nancy’s Square Washcloth

I needed a project to work on while my youngest son is at swimming lessons so I have been making cloths my mom has always made. These are GREAT when there are distractions. They are simple, but have a ribbed textured that gives a nice look. You also can use any hook from H – J which is nice in case you are short on hook choice (all I had in my car was an I hook!).

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Nancy’s Square Cloth

This entire pattern is worked in the back loops only.


Yarn: cotton yarn

Hook: choose from H, I or J. H hook will create a denser fabric and a J hook will be a looser weave. Sample was created with a J hook.

Finished size: can be made any size


1. With yarn and hook, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2sc in next st. (3sts)

2. Ch 1, turn. In BLO, 2sc in same st, sc, 2sc in last st. (5sts)

3. Continue working in BLO for each row to end of pattern. Ch 1, turn, 2sc in same st, sc until 1 st remains, 2sc in last st. (7sts)

4. Repeat previous row until sides are desired size of cloth. Current row is the diagonal measurement of the cloth. (st count will increase by 2 sts each row)

5. When cloth is desired width, Ch 1, sc2tog, sc until 2 sts remain, sc2tog. (st count will decrease by 2 sts each row)

6. Repeat previous row until 3sts remain. Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sl st in last st. Finish off and weave in ends.

7. Border (optional): For fun, and to use up the last few minutes of swim class, I decided to add a border to the variegated cloth. I like how it turned out, but I like it without too. You decide. If you want a border, do not finish off after the last sl st. Ch 1, sc in same st, pivot piece to work along the side to the left, sc evenly along side, 3sc in corner, pivot piece to work along the side to the left, sc evenly along side, repeat to end of round, sl st to join.

Variegated with border; Turquoise without border
Variegated with border; Turquoise without border