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Weekly Wash #1: January Washcloth

I love making washcloths, hanging towels and scrubbies. They are a great project for in the car and waiting rooms. I try to whip up several throughout the year and build a stash for last minute gifts.

A few years ago I featured and designed a different cloth or scrubbie each week the entire year. In 2020 I started a quest to do a “weekly wash” pattern each Wednesday. Lots of people seemed to love the idea and it was great… in the beginning. Then, as you know, the year went crazy and so did my life. I made it through May, then moved my daughter’s family from Texas to Utah… then lived in WA state with my son’s family as he moved them from Maine for a new station with the army. I tried to catch up, but decided to let it go and pick up again this year. SO… let’s try this again.

I thought it would be fun to do fifty brand new snappy cloths, one per week, in sets by month. So, all of January’s cloths will go together as a set if desired, then February’s will all match, and so on. Of course, they can be given separately or mix and matched too. Each month we will do one washcloth, one dish towel, one scrubbie and one misc item. Sound fun? I hope so!


If each month had a color, January would be blue in my opinion, so I chose a variegated cloth in shades of blue for this cloth. Maybe I think of blue because of winter and snowmen… although those are both white in Utah, but blue equals cold. For some, like my oldest son, January brings on the winter blues of a different kind. He needs sunshine and January can get a little bland and overcast here.

This cloth has a thick texture because we work the sts between the posts of the previous row.

If you have made some of my patterns you may have done this with me before. I especially like working between the posts when working back and forth in hdc and dc sts because it creates a flatter fabric. 

This pattern is part of a 4 piece set for the month. I hope you enjoy all of these patterns.

Stitch Placement Help Video

Jan Washcloth

Materials & Details

  • Yarn: 100 yards ww cotton. Main sample was created with Sugar N Cream Swimming Pool.
  • Crochet Hook: I (5.5mm)
  • Notions: Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Size: 8.5″ x 8.5″


  • Numbers at the beginning of each line may refer to steps and not indicate number of rows.
  • Stitch count remains the same unless noted at end of row.
  • If you have any questions about this pattern please contact [email protected].


  1. With an I hook, ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (30sts)
  2. Ch 1, turn, hdc in the same st, *sk 1, (sc, dc in the next st)*, repeat until 1 at remains, hdc in the last st.
  3. From this point on, the sts are worked between the posts of the previous row instead of in the stitch. To do this, insert your hook just below the stitch. This creates a thicker, more dense fabric. To find the placement, go to the st as you normally would and insert the hook just below, between the posts.
    Ch 1, turn, hdc between the first two posts, *sk 1, (sc, dc) between the next 2 posts*,  repeat until 1 st remains, hdc between the last 2 posts. (30sts)
  4. Ch 1, turn, hdc between the first two posts, *sk 1, (sc, dc) between the next 2 posts*,  repeat until 1 st remains, hdc between the last 2 posts. (30sts)
  5. Repeat previous row until cloth is square or desired length.
  6. Ch 1, turn, sc in the same st and in each st to end of row.
  7. Ch 1, turn, sl st in each st to end of row. Finish off and weave in ends.

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