Crochet a Zinnia flower washcloth for your bathroom to make it feel like a spa! These round crochet washcloths are thick and luxurious, and can be made in almost any color! Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
We have several new neighbors moving into our area and decided to put together some small gift baskets to welcome them. The only thing they lacked was a handmade element, so I decided to crochet some simple washcloths to add to the baskets. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you know that “simple” quickly turns into something flowery and unique, and this washcloth is no exception!
This round washcloth design is inspired by Zinnia flowers, which my mom always had in our flowerbeds when I was growing up. I thought the texture and design of all those petals would make a beautiful, and cheery washcloth or spa cloth for any bathroom!
I spent quite a while looking at pictures of various zinnia flowers and decided to use some scrubby yarn where the stamens on the flowers were. Since that varies from flower to flower I’ve put some notes in the pattern so you can place it where you like. You can leave it out all together and just use yellow cotton yarn instead.
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Techniques used: post stitches, shell stitches, half-double crochet in the 3rd loop, surface slip stitching
85-90 yards of #4 worsted weight Lily Sugar ‘n Cream yarn in Wine, Rose Coral, Pretty in Pink, White, Hot Green, Cream, etc.
5 yards Red Heart Scrubby yarn in “Duckie”, or Red Heart Scrubby Cotton in “Lemony”
5.5mm (I) hook
Optional: drop of your favorite essential oil
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
FPdc = front post double crochet
BPsc = back post single crochet
BPhdc = back post half double crochet
3dc cluster = dc3tog in same stitch
4dc cluster = dc4tog in same stitch
Working in the 3rd loop of hdc: Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop.
Shell = 5 dc in same stitch
Large shell = 6 dc in same stitch
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sp/sps = space/spaces
prev = previous
Gauge is unimportant.
9 1/2″ across
-Ch-1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch.
–It is possible to turn these into hot pads for your table! Just don’t use the regular Red Heart Scrubby since it is synthetic and will melt. Use the 100% cotton Red Heart Scrubby yarn, or use plain yellow Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn instead.
-If you want a denser washcloth try going down a hook size.
Zinnia Flower Spa Cloth Pattern (US Terms):
Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch forming a circle.
Round 1: 12 sc in circle, join wit sl st to first sc. (12)
(Optional: drop main color, join yellow scrubby yarn*),
Round 2: ch 1, *3dc cluster, ch 2; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first 3dc cluster. (12 3dc clusters, 12 ch-2 sps)
Drop scrubby yarn and fasten off.
*You may wish to start using the scrubby yarn in this next round instead. Switch between your main color and the scrubby yarn at each 4dc cluster.
Pick up main color,
Round 3: ch 2, *FPdc around top of 3dc cluster, ch 1, 4dc cluster in ch-2 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around join with sl st to first FPdc. (12 FPdc, 12 4dc clusters)
Your piece will look pretty puckered after the next couple of rounds. It will start to flatten out after round 7.
Round 4: ch 1, *hdc in top of FPhdc, 2 hdc in ch-1 sp, hdc in top of 4dc cluster, 2 hdc in ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first hdc. (72)
Round 5: ch 1, working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72)
In the next round you will be working FPdc sts around the FPdc sts from round 3. You will need to make sure you account for that stitch when skipping forward 2 sts to make your next shell. You may wish to place a stitch marker in the spot that the FPdc st is supposed to take up so you don’t get off in your count. It will look like you are skipping 5 sts between your shells.
Round 6: ch 1, FPdc around FPdc from round 3, sk 2 sts, shell in next st, sk 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc. (12 shells, 12 FPdc)
(Optional: drop main color, and fasten off, join accent color)
Round 7: ch 1, *FPdc around FPdc from prev round, work this sequence across the next 5 sts of shell: (BPhdc around next 2 sts, BPsc, BPhdc around next 2 sts); repeat from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc. (72)
Round 8: ch 1, *FPsc around FPdc from prev round, sk 2 sts, large shell in next st, sk 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first FPsc. (12 large shells, 12 FPsc)
Round 9: ch 1, *FPdc around FPdc from prev round, work this sequence across the next 6 sts of shell: (BPhdc around next 2 sts, BPsc around next 2 sts, BPhdc around next 2 sts); repeat from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc. (84)
Round 10: ch 1, *FPsc around FPdc from prev round, sk 2 sts, 4 dc in each of the next 2 sts, sk 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first FPsc. (96 dc, 12 FPsc)
Round 11: sk st, *sc in next 8 sts, sl st in FPsc; repeat from * around.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Join accent color of your choice,
Round 12: turn flower over so you are working at the back, sl st around petals between rounds 10 and 11.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Take your yarn needle, and an 18″ piece of yarn in an accenting color, sew between each of the 3dc clusters and the center of the flower.
For a spa-experience soak cloths in a basin of cool water with a drop of essential oil of your choice, lay flat, shape, and let dry.
Yarn colors on Zinnias counter clockwise from bottom left: Purple: Lavender, Hot Purple, Red: Red, Wine, Light yellow: Cream, Bamboo, Multi-colored pink: Wine, Rose Coral, Pretty in Pink, White: Hot Green, White, Cream.
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