I’m sure I’m not the only one, but in the summer, I shave my legs more frequently than in the winter. (That may seem a bit like too much information, but I’m sharing it for a reason!)
All of this shaving leaves my skin just as dry as it would be in the colder months, so I decided a little exfoliating was in order.
There’s nothing quite like a handmade cotton washcloth. It softens with each wash so it feels great on your skin, and it’s a great way to refresh the surface of your legs (or, really, any part of your body).
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I like to use organic cotton for washcloths since they are so close to your skin. (If you are wondering why, you may enjoy this post about eco yarns.) I used Galler Yarns Inca Eco for the sample, and since it’s also colored with low-impact dyes, this washcloth also makes a great baby shower gift.
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This textured washcloth is perfect for exfoliating your skin! The stitch pattern looks woven and helps the washcloth to dry more quickly.
- Adjustable. Sample measures 8” (20 cm) square.
- Galler Yarns Inca Eco (100% organic cotton, 3.5 oz/100 g, 140 yd/128 m) – 1 skein in Sweet Mint, or approximately 140 yds (128 m) in any medium weight cotton yarn.
- US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 5 sts x 12.5 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- ea – each
- hdc – half double crochet
- pf – puff stitch – (Yo, insert hook into st, yo and draw up a loop) 3 times in same st, yo and draw through 7 loops on hook.
- rep – repeat
- sk – skip
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- t-ch – turning chain
- yo – yarn over
- * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- Ch 39. (To adjust size, chain any multiple of 2, + 5)
- Row 1: Turn, sk 4 ch (counts as hdc + ch-1 sp), *pf in next ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch; rep from * across to last ch, hdc in last ch. (37 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), *pf in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * across to last 2 sts, pf in ch-1 sp, hdc in top of t-ch.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as hdc + ch-1 sp, here and throughout), *pf in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1 ch; rep from * across to last st, hdc.
- Rows 4-25: Rep Rows 2-3 until washcloth measures 8” (20 cm), or until desired length is reached.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.