I’m happy that February is a short winter month. When March rolls in, I’m so ready for Spring. Mornings come earlier and, as the sun comes up, I’ve enjoyed getting out some pretty cotton yarn in springtime colors and working up this nice little Easter egg dish cloth pattern. I hope you give it a try and share your makes with me here, on Instagram, or on Facebook. I’d love to see what you make!
This Easter Egg Wash Cloth is a beginner-friendly intarsia pattern, and the Bunny Dishcloth is the best next step but, if you take your time and practice patience, even the Bunny Dishcloth can be a nice entry-level to practice switching colors multiple times in a single row. It’s a lot of fun to see the designs come to life.
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Lemon peel fabric: Using SC and DC repeated across every row including the color change rows creates a textured crochet fabric that looks the same and looks lovely on both sides. It’s my absolute favorite crochet fabric.
Instead of using simple sc in every row like many intarsia patterns, the rows are a bit taller and I’ve adjusted my charts to allow for the slight difference so the egg shape isn’t distorted.
The Easter Egg Wash Cloth Pattern:
Yarn: 100% cotton in your favorite color choices
Main Body Color: Loops & Threads Creme Cotton in Beach Glass (green)
Egg Color: Yarnspirations Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Beach Ball Blue (lavender, white, turquoise green mix)
Hook: H (5mm)
When using Loops & Thread Cotton Creme and a 5mm hook, I start with Chain 25 and my dishcloths end up measuring about 8” square. You can add/subtract if you want a bit larger or smaller size.
The starting chain must be any even number + 1
Stitches: Lemon Peel [sc (single crochet) and dc (double crochet)]
Pro Tip: When using the Lemon Peel texture, you will alternate sc, dc in every row. You will always start the row with sc and you will always end the row with dc. This way you are always putting a sc in the dc from the row below, and you are always putting a dc in the sc from the row below.
Starting Chain: Chain 25.
Row 1: sc in 2nd stitch from hook and sc across to create a nice base row, ch. 1 and turn (24 sts)
Rows 2 through 21: *sc, dc* repeat *to* across, ch. 1 and turn. Follow the chart for color changes. (24 sts in each row)
Pro Tip: To practice the intarsia technique, when starting the egg color in Row 5, don’t finish the 9th stitch with green. Instead, to finish the stitch, when you have two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through your egg color to finish the 9th stitch. Then use the tapestry technique and “carry along” your main body color when working the 6 egg colored stitches. You hide the main color by sandwiching it, stitching OVER the main color as you carry it along. Again, same advice for the 6th egg color stitch, start the stitch but when there are 2 loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the main body color, then don’t carry along the egg color. Instead, put the egg color to the back side of the fabric and drop it. Then finish the 9 base color stitches, chain 1 and turn, and start Row 6. Continue by picking up the egg color only to make the egg stitches and always drop the egg color yarn to the wrong side of the fabric to maintain consistency when picking up and dropping the yarn. Here is a video that takes you from Row 4 to Row 6 of this wash cloth:
Row 22: sc across, ch. 1 and turn (24 sts)
Border finish: One round of sc with 3 sc in each corner. Tie off and weave in ends.
This is a great springtime pattern just in time for the Easter Bunny to come hopping into town.
Stay creative and keep creating,