Spa Basket & Washcloths – FREE Crochet Patterns

Spa Basket & Washcloths

 

 

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Abbey Swanson of The Firefly Hook.

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Materials

Spa basket:

  • Yarn: Wool and the Gang Jersey Be Good T-shirt yarn (100m/109 yards/ 500g per roll) 98% cotton, 2% elastane, one skein in MC, one skein in CC.
  • Hook: 8 mm (or size needed to keep stitches tight, see notes.)
  • Other materials: Stitch markers, 1” wide leather strips 3” long (or desired length and width), awl.

Washcloths:

  • Yarn: Cotton yarn/cotton blends in various weights (fingering 2 – worsted 4)
  • Hooks: 5.5 mm & 8 mm for worsted weight yarn; 4.5 for fingering/lightweight/DK/sport yarn.

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Pattern Info

Skill Level: Easy

Gauge: 5 rows and 4 sts = 2 inches in wc st (see note below)

Dimensions: 4” height; 4.5” diameter

Notes

  • Fabric yarn varies in weight so change your hook size accordingly. Once the hdc rnds are complete, the bottom circle should be approx. 4.5” in diameter. Rep rnd 6 until basket height reaches 4”.
  • Rnd 1 of the Side instructions is worked into the 3rd loop of the hdc. Observe the stitches of rnd 3. Look at the typical front and back loops. Look behind the back loop and find the 3rd loop. Work in the 3rd loop as you would typically work into a stitch.
  • Waistcoat Stitch: this unique stitch creates a stiff fabric – perfect for crochet baskets. See graphic for instructions (below).
  • Washcloth yarn/hook combo: Choose a hook size based on the recommendation for your specific yarn. Use a bigger hook for a different look. For worsted yarn, I used a 5.5 mm and an 8 mm hook. The one with the smaller hook created a stiffer fabric, and the other a more drapey.

Abbreviations

BL        back loop

CC        contrasting color

ch        chain

hdc      half double crochet

MC       main color

rep       repeat

sc         single crochet

st         stitch

wc st    waistcoat st (See graphic & note above for instructions)

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Patterns

Washcloths

See note on hooks.

Make a 5” chain (or desired width of washcloth)

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (Note: Stitch count = initial chain count minus 1.)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Rep row 2 until washcloth is square.

Finish off, weave in ends.

Spa Basket

Bottom

Note: Work rnds until bottom circle reaches 4 – 5” in diameter. Once circle reaches this measurement, skip to Sides instructions.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc), hdc in third ch from hook 9 times, sl st to join rnd. (10 hdc)

Note: Work following rnds in the BL only.

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc here and throughout pattern), hdc in same sp, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join rnd. (20 hdc)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st] rep around, 2 hdc in last st, sl st to join rnd. (30 hdc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in next st, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts] rep around, 2 hdc in last st, sl st to join rnd. (40 hdc)

Sides

Rnd 1: Ch 1, working in the third loop of the hdc (see note), sc in each st around, sl st to join rnd.

Rnd 2: (Note: begin working in a spiral.) Working around the entire stitch of the last rnd and placing hook in the same third loop of the hdc sts from previous rnd, sc in each st around.

Rnd 3: Wc st (see abbreviations) in each st around.

Rnds 4 – end: Rep rnd 3 until side measures 4”. Do not finish off.

Color stripe: If desired, add a contrasting color on the second to last wc st rnd as follows – sl st in next st and switch to CC, wc st in each st around, sl st in first sl st and switch to MC.

Final rnd: Sl st in each st around, finish off.

Cut leather straps and pierce with an awl, then sew onto basket as pictured.

 

Hope you liked the pattern! Comment below with any questions. I added some YouTube videos from my channel below. Enjoy!

Crochet often. Create always!

Xoxo,

Abbey

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