Little Waves Washcloth: Wavy Crochet Pattern

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I love this wavy crochet pattern that’s deceptively easy to create! The “Little Waves Washcloth” requires just basic crochet stitches –  single crochet, half-double crochet, and double crochet – to create a gorgeous crochet ripple pattern.

set of 3 pink crochet dishcloths rolled up

Co-ordinating patterns available

If you like this washcloth, you might also enjoy the co-ordinating set!

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This pattern is written for two sizes: a lovely washcloth and a versatile tea towel. But don’t worry, I’ve also included customization instructions for using the stitch pattern to make any size that you like – a wavy crochet blanket perhaps!?

This wave stitch pattern really shines when worked in 2 or more contrasting colors. You will change color every 2 rows, “floating” the new color up the side of your work as you go.

This technique is great because it means that you won’t have a million ends to weave in! For a polished finish, you can opt to work over these “floats” with a single crochet border, just as I did with my washcloth.

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How to Crochet the Wave Stitch

This easy stitch pattern is perfect for even the newest of crocheters. If you can make your basic crochet stitches – sc, hdc and dc – then you can work this pattern!

You can find a full video tutorial for this crochet wave pattern here.

Tips for the Crochet Wave Stitch

With a bit of trial and error I found that going down a hook size or two really made a difference to how neat and tidy my finished project looked.

I used a 4.5mm (G-7) crochet hook which resulted in tighter and more even stitches, and gave me a much neater wave pattern with fewer gaps.

In another effort to eliminate gaps I also opted to use a standing double crochet at the start of the double crochet rows, rather than a regular “turning chain 3.” This stitch offers a great (and in my opinion, much more attractive!) alternative to your traditional “ch 3” at the start of double crochet rows.

Learn how to make the standing double crochet here.

Color Changes

With this two-color pattern, you will not cut the yarn on each color change. Instead you will “float” the new color up the side of your work when you change colors, so actually once you’re done you won’t have very many ends to weave in at all!

And if you like you can finish off your washcloth like I did with a simple single crochet border to cover up those floats.

striped wavy pink and white crochet pattern

What You Will Need to Crochet This Washcloth

Yarn

For my “Little Waves Washcloth,” I used Drops Paris which is a worsted weight cotton yarn. Cotton yarn is ideal for this project because it’s:

  • Durable: Ensuring your washcloth lasts through many uses and washes.
  • Absorbent: Perfect for tasks in the kitchen or bath.
  • Colorfast: Your chosen colors will remain vibrant after multiple washes.

I love the effect you get from using 2 colors, but I actually think it would work great in 3 or more colors too (you might just have a few extra ends to weave in!).

Some other cotton yarns that I love for washcloths include:

striped wavy pink and white crochet washcloth

Hook

As I mentioned already, a smaller hook is just right for this project. I used a 4.5mm (G-7) crochet hook to make my stitches nice and tight, to reduce gaps and to give me a well-defined wave pattern.

Gauge is not critical for this pattern but just note that if your gauge is slightly different to mine your project may turn out a different size and you might use more/less yarn.

striped wavy pink and white crochet pattern

Additional tools

You’ll also need a scissors and tapestry needle for weaving in those ends.

Little Waves Crochet Washcloth

Video Tutorial

Little Waves Crochet Dishcloth

Free Crochet Pattern

washcloth crochet pattern pdf preview

Pattern Notes

Please read through the entire pattern before beginning.

Skill Level

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch = chain
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • rem = remaining
  • beg = beginning
  • C1 = Color 1
  • C2 = Color 2

Construction

  • This project is worked in rows from the bottom up.
  • The sample is pictured in two colors, but feel free to use any number of colors that you wish.

General Pattern Notes

  • Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • For Row 3 (and any Row 3 repeats), you have two options to begin the row:
  • Stitch count for each row is given in square brackets [ ] at the end of the row. If no stitch count is given then the count is the same as the previous row.

Color Changes

Change colors every 2 rows as follows:

  • With working yarn, work row to last yarn over of last stitch. Do not complete the stitch.
  • Keeping working yarn to the back of your work, yarn over new color and pull through to complete the stitch.
  • With the new color, work next row as per pattern.

Materials

Yarn

Any #4/Worsted/Medium weight yarn in a cotton or cotton blend. The amounts given here are for Drops Paris in Blush (27) and White (16) (82yds/75m per 50g skein; #4/Worsted/Medium; 100% Cotton).

ProjectTotal yds/mC1 (Blush) yds/mC2 (White) yds/m
Washcloth90yds / 82mapprox. 50yds / 46mapprox. 40yds / 36m
Tea Towel385yds / 352mapprox. 210yds / 192mapprox. 175yds / 160m

Alternative yarn options:

Hook

4.5mm (G-7) crochet hook 

Note: the smaller hook results in tighter and neater stitches with fewer gaps. This really helps to define the wave pattern.

Other Items

  • Yarn needle

Finished Measurements

Washcloth: 8.25″ x 8″ / 21cm x 20.5cm

Tea Towel: 13.5″ x 22.25″ / 34.5cm x 56.5cm

Note: you can also add an optional single crochet border around the edge of your project which will add approx 0.5” / 1.25cm to the width and length.

Please see Adjustments section below for information on making this project in a different size.


Gauge

15 sts x 13 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over patt.

Note: gauge is not critical for this project. However, if your gauge does not match the one listed above then your project may turn out a little larger/smaller depending on how loosely/tightly you crochet, and you may use a different amount of yarn than what is listed below.


Adjustments

Stitch multiple: 10 + 1

Starting chain multiple: 10 + 2

  • To adjust the width of your project, simply chain any multiple of 10 + 2 to start.
  • To adjust the length, simply repeat Rows 2-5 until you reach your desired length. ​​Ensure that you end on a single crochet row i.e. a Row 2 or Row 4 repeat.

Note: adjusting the size of your project will impact the amount of yarn required.


Written Pattern

Washcloth: With C1, ch 32. 

Tea Towel: With C1, ch 52.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, *hdc in each of next 2 chs, dc in each of next 3 chs, hdc in each of next 2 chs, sc in each of next 3 chs; repeat from * until 9 chs rem, hdc in each of next 2 chs, dc in each of next 3 chs, hdc in each of next 2 chs, sc in each of rem 2 chs, turn. [Washcloth: 31, Tea Towel: 51]

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), sc in each st across, turn.

Change to C2.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as one dc OR omit ch-3 and use a stacked dc – see Notes), dc in next st, *hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 chs, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 3 sts; repeat from * until 9 sts rem, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of rem 2 sts, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Change to C1.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, *hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts; repeat from * until 9 sts rem, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of rem 2 sts, turn.

Continue to repeat Rows 2-5, changing colors after every single crochet row i.e. after every Row 2 or Row 4 repeat. Ensure that you end on a single crochet row.

Washcloth: Repeat Rows 2-5 for a total of 26 rows, or until work measures approx. 8″/ 20.5cm in length.

Tea Towel: Repeat Rows 2-5 for a total of 72 rows, or until work measures approx. 22.25″/ 56.5cm in length.

BORDER

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc evenly around the edge of your work, working 3 scs to turn each corner. Join to beg sc with a sl st or invisible join.

Fasten off. 

Weave in ends. All done!


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I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!

Sarah

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