Radiant Washcloth – Part 1 of the Radiance Bath Set

Treat yourself with this beautiful crochet washcloth! The Radiant Washcloth is a lovely little thing that works up quickly, has visual and touch interest, and is sure to be loved by anyone you might gift it to (including yourself!).

This lovely crochet washcloth was designed to have texture – both for visual and touchable interest. The puff stitches add a touch of luxury and the raised lines bring a visual appeal. Using a soft cotton yarn ensures that the crochet washcloth feels great to use from the start and bumps up the “treat yourself” feeling.

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It has a luxury feel and look for only the price of a skein of cotton yarn and the time it takes to make it. Who could beat that?

Fun fact: One of my testers showed her Radiant crochet washcloth to her mom and her mom said “A washcloth? It’s too pretty to be used!” Haha.

So, maybe it’s the fancy washcloth that isn’t allowed to be used and just brings a lovely element to the room. Either way, why not have something pretty in your bathroom?

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My favorite thing about this crochet washcloth is that it starts as a circle and becomes a square. Worked completely in the round, this beauty radiates texture out from the center.

I was intrigued by all the beautiful squares from the Friendship Blanket CAL, and decided I needed to design one myself. Of course, you know it needed to be practical and giftable, so the Radiant crochet washcloth came to be.

This crochet washcloth pattern is part one of the Radiance Bath Set. The full bath set will also include:

And maybe more! What else would you add?

The PDF version of this pattern is available to purchase on Etsy. The PDF comes with two versions of the pattern – 1) Full version with a photo tutorial and 2) A printer friendly version.

If you’d like a photo tutorial to walk you through the rounds, I would recommend the inexpensive PDF. It’s 10 pages long, with photos of the more intricate parts, as well as pictures of what each round should look like once complete. The printer friendly version is only 4 pages to save on ink!

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate – This pattern requires working in closed rounds as well as more intermediate stitches such as puff stitches, working in the 3rd loop of half double crochet, etc.

That’s not to say that an advanced beginner couldn’t do it!

MATERIALS

Medium (4) weight cotton yarn.

You will need approximately 1.2 oz / 35g / 62 yards.

I used I Love This Cotton in Rosy (pink crochet washcloth) and Buttercup (yellow). You can use any cotton yarn you prefer. I Love This Cotton is 100% cotton and is very soft for cotton yarn, so I use it for most bath items.

TOOLS

4 mm (G-6) hook – Check out my favorite crochet hook!
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch Markers

GAUGE

Gauge isn’t extremely important.

After completing Round 3, your work should be approximately 2 inches in diameter.

However, keep in mind that this may be skewed depending on if you used the magic circle to start or a chain 3, slip stitch to create a circle.

I am generally a “tight” crocheter, so my gauge is typically very tight compared to others. In terms of this washcloth, you should not have an issue as the washcloth doesn’t require a specific size. However, I wanted to include this note just for reference.

FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 7 inches by 7 inches.

ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)

  • Ch – Chain
  • Sl st – Slip stitch
  • Sc – Single crochet
  • Hdc – Half double crochet
  • Dc – Double crochet
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Hdc3lo – Hdc in 3rd loop only*
  • Puff St – Puff stitch* 
  • Puff Corner – Puff St, chain 1, puff st all in the same space.*
  • *See Special Stitches

NOTES

  • This pattern is part of the Radiance Bath Set (additional pieces to be released at a later date).
  • This pattern calls for usage of a magic circle. You can use the magic circle or you can chain 3 and slip stitch to the first chain made to create a circle to work into. Your choice! I have a video tutorial linked for the magic circle below, if you’ve never used it before.
  • Washcloth is worked in the round. It starts as a circle and then becomes a square.
  • This pattern is worked in closed rounds. You will always slip stitch to the first stitch of the round to close.
  • You may have to pull the puff stitches in the corners out of the way to find the first stitch directly after the puff stitch corner.
  • Chain 1 and Chain 2 at the beginning of the rounds do not count as stitches. Always place your first stitch of the round in the same stitch.
  • Stitch counts are referenced at the end of each round in parentheses and italics (#)
  • Repeats are listed in brackets [ ].

SPECIAL STITCHES

Special Stitch – Hdc3lo

The half double crochet has a “3rd loop” which is created by the yarn over before inserting your hook into your stitch. This 3rd loop shows on the wrong side of the work when working in the round. To work a “hdc3lo” or half double crochet in the 3rd loop only, you will ignore the top of the half double crochet, and instead look behind the work to find the 3rd loop. 

Special Stitch – Puff Stitch

This pattern uses a puff stitch. Puff stitches are worked in a few different ways – so it is important to know which puff stitch to use.

For the purposes of this pattern, we will be working with a closed puff stitch. 

To work this puff stitch, you will: [Yarn over and insert your hook into the indicated stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop.] Repeat inside of the brackets 2 more times in the same stitch. You should now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 6 of the 7 loops. 2 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through 2.

Special Stitch – Puff Corner

In the corners of this washcloth, we create pretty puff stitches that follow the diagonal corners outward.

This pattern will state to work a “Puff Corner”. The pattern is written like this to help keep the pattern easy to read.

To work this puff corner, you will work a puff stitch (as indicated in Special Stitch – Puff Stitch), a chain 1, and another puff stitch all in the same space.

Special Stitch – Magic Circle

This pattern is written to use a magic circle.  You can use the magic circle or you can chain 3 and slip stitch to the first chain made to create a circle to work into. Your choice!

If you don’t know how to work a magic circle but would like to learn, I do have a photo and video tutorial for the magic circle.

Crochet Washcloth Pattern shown in 2 colors, laying next to each other

How to Make the Radiant Crochet Washcloth

Round 1 – In  magic circle, ch 1 and place 12 sc. Pull tail tight, sl st to first sc to close. (12)

Round 2 – Ch 2, in each stitch work [puff st, ch 1]. Sl st to top of first puff st to close. (12 puffs, 12 ch spaces)

Round 3 – Sl st into ch 1 space. Ch 1, place 2 sc in each ch 1 space. Sl st to top of first sc to close. (24)

Round 4 – Ch 2, in each stitch work [puff st, ch 1]. Sl st to top of first puff st to close. (24 puffs, 24 ch spaces)

Round 5 – Sl st into ch 1 space. Ch 1 and place  2 sc each ch 1 space. Sl st to top of first sc to close. (48)

Round 6 – Ch 1, [1 hdc 7 sts, 2 hdc next]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. Sl st to top of first hdc to close. (54)

Round 7 – Ch 1, [1 hdc3lo 8 sts, 2 hdc3lo next]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. Sl st to top of first hdc to close. (60)

Round 8 – Ch 2, work [1 dc, 1 hdc 2 sts, 1 sc 8 sts, 1 hdc 2 sts, 1 dc, Puff Corner next st]. Repeat inside brackets 4x. Sl st to first dc to close. (4 ch 1 spaces, 8 puffs, 56 sts)

Round 9 – Ch 1, 1 hdc 14 sts, 1 dc. Puff corner in ch 1 space. [1 dc, 1 hdc 14 sts, 1 dc, Puff Corner in ch 1 space.] Repeat inside brackets 3x. 1 dc last st. Sl st to top of hdc to close. (4 ch 1 spcs, 8 puffs, 64 sts)

Round 10 – Ch 1, 1 hdc3lo 14 sts, 1 dc 2 sts, Puff Corner in ch 1 space. [1 dc 2 sts, 1 hdc3lo 14 sts, 1 dc 2 sts, Puff Corner in ch 1 space] Repeat inside brackets 3x. 1 dc last 2 sts. Sl st to top of first hdc to close. (4 ch 1 spcs, 8 puffs, 72 sts)

Round 11 – Ch 1, 1 hdc 16 sts, 1 dc, Puff Corner in ch 1 space, [1 dc, 1 hdc 18 sts, 1 dc, Puff Corner in ch 1 space]. Repeat inside brackets 3x. 1 dc st, 1 hdc 2 sts. Sl st to first hdc to close. (4 ch 1 spcs, 8 puffs, 80 sts)

Round 12 –
Ch 1, 1 sc 18 sts, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in ch 1 space. [1 sc 22 sts, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in ch 1 space.] Repeat inside brackets 3x. 1 sc 4 sts. Sl st to top of first sc to close. (96 sc)

Finish off, weave ends. Block if desired. You’re done!

Crochet Washcloth Pattern shown in 2 colors, laying next to each other

That’s it! Be sure to check back for the other parts of the Radiance bath set if you enjoyed this crochet washcloth pattern. I’m super excited for the additional pieces to release and can’t wait to share them with you!

Enjoy!


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