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Making Things: Ace Face Crocheted Wash Cloths

 

I had a lot of little balls of cotton yarn floating about, so I thought I would make them into something quick and useful… wash cloths! A while ago a friend gave me some knitted cotton cloths (for washing your face or body) and I love them so much. I use them all the time. I thought I would have a go at crocheting something similar, because I had all the aforementioned little balls of cotton yarn and they seemed perfect for the job.

These are super quick to make, and nice to use too. You can just give them a gentle machine wash and they will spring back to their usual selves. They are good like that.

I don’t use a lot of cotton, because often it’s not available in the colours I like. I am a POP of colour girl, after all.

BUT… I really DO like these less primary/neon shades for this project and was more than happy with the way they turned out (and how they feel on my face. Face feel is important and cotton is best for faces!) And you don’t HAVE to wash your face with neon ALL the time, do you?! No. You really don’t! Sometimes you can be normcore. Yes.

 

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About the project

I used three different stitches to make this gang of three (see instructions below!)

I am not sure of the cotton brands I used, as they were out of their tell-all paper yarn sleeves. I do know that 4ply cotton or 8ply cotton would work a treat. If you have cotton yarn lying around, give it a whirl and adjust as you go.

Each cloth used one 50g ball of yarn – or a little more. It’s a two skein job, really, to be safe. Make sure you have enough to finish, yes?

 

Let’s go!

Using a 3mm hook
Instructions are in UK/Au crochet terminology

 

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: the photo makes this look very uneven, but it really is NOT in real life! it’s LOVELY and even : see photo further down for proof!

 

1. ‘Ridgey Didge’ Ace Face Wash Cloth

Degree of difficulty : Super easy

Chain 50 – or the required width of your wash cloth
DC into the second stitch from the hook and into each chain stitch along the row.
*Turn, chain one. DC into the back loop only of each stitch in the row below.*
Repeat pattern between * and * until your cloth is the size you prefer.
Sew in loose yarn ends and marvel at cleverness. Then wash face.

 

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2. ‘Puff n Stuff’ Ace Face Wash Cloth

Degree of difficulty : A bit trickier – but easy once you get the pattern right

Chain 50 – or the required width of your wash cloth
(Keep in mind that your chain should be a multiple of FOUR plus TWO extra stitches for this pattern)

+ Row One: Skip first stitch. DC once into each chain stitch until end of row.
+ Row Two: Chain one and turn. One DC into first stitch.
*Skip 3 stitches. One DC and 5 Tr into next stitch. Skip 3 stitches.* Repeat pattern between * and * along the row, finishing by  skipping 3 stitches and making one DC into the final stitch.
+ Row Three: Chain three and turn.
Treble 3 times into the first DC in previous row (it’s pretty much at the base of the chain you just did!)
*skip the next shell. Make one DC and 5 Tr into next DC in row bel0w  (it’s the ‘dip’ between the shell shapes) *
Repeat pattern between * and * along the row.
Finish row with one DC into the final stitch of the row below. 
+ Row Four: Chain three and turn.
Treble 3 times into the first DC in previous row (it’s pretty much at the base of the chain you just did!)
*skip the next shell. Make one DC and 5 Tr into next DC in row bel0w  (it’s the ‘dip’ between the shell shapes) *
Repeat pattern between * and * along the row.
Finish off the row with one DC into the TOP of the left-most treble in the final shell – see image below for a guide to WHERE the heck this is!

 

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+ Next ROWS: Repeat Row Four until your work is the required size.
Sew in loose yarn ends and marvel at cleverness. Then wash face.*

If you want to make something bigger using this pattern, the chain must be multiples of FOUR plus TWO extra stitches.

 

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3. ‘Wash Your Face With Orange Juice’ Ace Face Wash Cloth

Degree of difficulty : Super easy

Chain 50 – or the required width of your wash cloth.
Treble into the third stitch from the hook and into each chain stitch along the row.
*Turn, chain three. Treble into the back loop only of each stitch in the row below.*
Repeat pattern between * and * until your cloth is the size you prefer.
Sew in loose yarn ends and marvel at cleverness. Then wash face.

 

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Maybe you will get inspired to make your own Ace Face Wash Cloths?! Because you have an ace face?! Tell me if you do!

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#acefacewashcloth <– Instagram yours! And tag me! I would love to see!

 

Note :: I created a ‘straighter’ top edge on the Puff N Stuff pattern by DC and Trebling into each stitch in the row below – a treble where there was a big dip and a DC where the distance between top of work and stitch below was not as far. You don’t have to do this though, you can leave it scalloped if you prefer.

Note Also :: Crocheting into the back loop. Look at your stitch from ABOVE. It will have two strands – one closer to you (front) one tucked further away from you (back). Pop your hook into the back loop only for ‘back loop’ crochet stitches.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Deb
    January 24, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    I love these! I wish I could crochet!
    (heads over to youtube tutorials!)
    Thanks for the idea, fingers crossed I’ll get there!

    • Reply
      Meet Me At Mikes
      January 27, 2017 at 4:03 PM

      Oh thank you, Deb! It’s never too late to learn!! xx

      • Reply
        Linda Tavelli
        July 1, 2017 at 11:32 AM

        Hi Pip. I also can’t crochet. Do you think they’d work with knitting? If so what stitch?
        Cheers

  • Reply
    Hannah
    November 6, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    This is SO helpful! Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    Georgina
    March 16, 2016 at 4:56 AM

    I’ve just made some but for washing dishes, not me. I used some drops cotton, not sure if its available in Australia but it costs pennies and comes in tons of fab colours x

    • Reply
      Meet Me At Mikes
      March 16, 2016 at 6:18 AM

      I’m not sure if we can get Drops here… but I am going to investigate! Thanks for reading, Georgina! Have an ace day! x

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    Kate
    March 15, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    Thanks for this pip..
    My crochet /craft is in fits and starts..
    I’ll attempt one of these. Still learning terminology.
    It’s taken me all weekend (I have a newborn and 4 yr old so it’s been snippets all weekend) to do a granny square. Watching a YouTube of it, I’m having trouble .. Need you in my lounge room/head. Thank you…

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      Meet Me At Mikes
      March 15, 2016 at 7:28 AM

      It can be SO CONFUSING when you are first learning – hang in there! Thank you for reading my blog, Kate. I hope you guys have a great day together. xxx

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    Reannon
    March 14, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I have become quite obsessed with making dishcloths of late. I like making them because for a slow crocheter like me I can still make one in a day so I feel like I’ve accomplished something great. And they are so much nicer to use in the kitchen. I’ve used super chunky cotton yarn & regular 8 ply & they are so nice. I’m going to give your ones a go next x

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      Meet Me At Mikes
      March 15, 2016 at 7:28 AM

      Aw nice. I agree – they are a great speedy project, aren’t they? And when you use them, you feel MUCH BETTER about the world! x

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    Tara
    March 14, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Oh my gosh! It’s like you’ve been inside my head (good thing you didn’t get lost 😛 ). I have been looking for crochet washcloth patterns and then you go and share these! These are great. Thanks for sharing. I’m off to go find my hook and yarn. 🙂

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      Meet Me At Mikes
      March 14, 2016 at 5:44 PM

      Aw yay! Watch out, these are really addictive! xxx

  • Reply
    Teresa
    March 14, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Awesome cloths there. This post is right up my alley. Love the colours and the different patterns. I have done many a tapestry crochet washcloth, but I am keen to give these a whirl. Thanks for the instructions.

    • Reply
      Meet Me At Mikes
      March 14, 2016 at 5:43 PM

      It’s my pleasure, Teresa! Thank you for reading and for commenting too! x

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