Sandy Shores Crochet Washcloth – Free Pattern

Sandy Shores Crochet Washcloth – Free Pattern
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The Sandy Shores crochet washcloth is a free pattern below. It is an easy washcloth that plays on the differences in height between single and double crochets to create a great unisex texture!

As I was working this washcloth crochet pattern up and the texture started to become more obvious it immediately reminded me of the sand on the beach and the ripples it creates as the tide starts to go out.

The beach is my happy place. Not because I am sun worshipper. After all I live on the north-east coast of England, UK and let me tell you that North Sea is cold! So are the breezes that come off it.

But I always feel better after having a good walk along the beach, especially if it is just a little rainy and the beach is empty. The breezes fill your lungs with fresh air and certainly clear the cobwebs. I always feel so much more alive when I get home.

Inspiration behind the design

I love the subtly of the texture in this crochet washcloth. It is a perfect unisex gift idea too.

And because there is no cabling or pronounced texture it will also make a great baby shower gift, especially if you made a set of them and popped them in a little basket.

This is what I was going for with this free crochet washcloth pattern – something that can be made for anyone of any age and be useful!

Doesn’t it look great?

Construction of the Sandy Shores Crochet Washcloth

This washcloth is worked in rows from the bottom up.

It uses only single and double crochets to create the texture with the odd row of half double crochet thrown in to create the contrasting bands.

So it is a beginner friendly washcloth crochet pattern that works up quickly.

The Yarn

As I mentioned in my Ebbing Tides Washcloth post, you really can’t beat cotton yarn for these types of projects. Cotton is stronger, easier to look after, washes well, looks great for years and is generally much more durable.

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

Get the supplies I used!

There are several types of #4 weight (aran) cotton that I have personally used for washcloths and would recommend. You can get them by clicking the images below! (Note: each link is an affiliate link, with which I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

Momento Prima Cotton
WeCrochet’s Dishie yarn
Paintbox Simply Cotton Aran


The crochet washcloth pattern specifics:


·       #4 weight cotton of your choosing – you will need approx. 85 yards
·       5mm hook
·       Stitch markers (optional)
·       Scissors
·       Tapestry needle


19 sts and 12 rows of pattern = 4” – although as a washcloth gauge is not particularly important!


Your finished crochet washcloth will be approximately 9” square

Abbreviations used:

·       Ch(s)–chain(s)
·       St(s)–stitch(es)
·       rep–repeat
·       sk—skip
·       HDC – half double crochet
·       SC – single crochet
·       DC – double crochet
·       YO—yarn over
·       FO—fasten off 

Other notes:

·       Written in US terms.
·       Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
·       The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row and remains the same in each row.

Video Tutorials:

I have complete pattern tutorials for this one on my YouTube Channel:


The Pattern:

In colour A:

Row 1 –            CH 37 , SC in second CH from hook and each of the next 3 ch’s. *DC in next 

4 ch’s, sc in next 4 ch’s. Rep from * across (36)

Row 2 –           Turn, Ch 1, DC in first 4 sts, *SC in next 4 sts, DC in next 4 sts. Rep from * across (36)

In colour B:

Row 3-            Turn, Ch1, HDC in first st and each st across (36)

Row 4 –           Rep Row 3.

In Colour A:

Row 5 –            Turn, Ch 1, SC in first 4 sts, *DC in next 4 sts, SC in next 4 sts. Rep from * across (36)

Row 6 –            Turn, Ch 1, DC in first 4 sts, *SC in next 4 sts, DC in next 4 sts. Rep from * across (36)

Rows 7 – 20    Rep rows 5 and 6

In colour B:

Row 21-22-     Rep rows 3 and 4

In Colour A:

Row 23 –          Turn, Ch 1, SC in first 4 sts, *DC in next 4 sts, SC in next 4 sts. Rep from * across (36)

Row 24 –          Turn, Ch 1, DC in first 4 sts, *SC in next 4 sts, DC in next 4 sts. Rep from * across (36)

FO and weave in ends.


Winter Washcloth Series Blog Hop:

This washcloth crochet pattern was originally designed as part of the Winter Washcloth Series hosted by Michelle from Two Brothers Blankets.

although the free portion of this event has now finished, you can still purchase the inexpensive bundle which contains all of the washcloths in this event. This means you can start working on your favourites now! Click the ‘Buy the Bundle’ button below.



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