If you’ve played around with the Tunisian Simple Stitch and are ready to make something fun with it, the Tunisian Pebbles Dishcloth (or washcloth!) is the answer! It takes simple variegated kitchen cotton and makes it amazing.
A Garden of Tiny Pebbles!
Do you see the way the little red and yellow “pebbles” pop up on the surface? They’re framed by lines of green, creating a tiny little garden! Get in close and it’s like a whole little world of flowers. This dishcloth makes me so happy!
And it’s a cinch to make too. All you need to know are the basics of Tunisian crochet, which you can learn in the tutorial I posted a few days ago. The pebbles are formed using the Tunisian Pebble Stitch, which is a super easy variation of the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Plus you’ll learn a new bind off: the Tunisian Single Crochet Bind Off, which segues perfectly into a sc edging!
Tunisian Pebbles Dishcloth
- US-J/10, 6.00mm Tunisian or Afghan hook
- 53 yds worsted weight cotton (Lily Sugar’n Cream in Peace shown)
Size/Stitch Multiple: To change the size of the finished cloth, work in multiples of 2.
Row 1 Forward Pass: Ch 20. Then working into the second loop from the hook, insert the hook and pull up a loop from each chain to the end. (20 loops)
Row 2 Return Pass: Yo and pull through the first loop.*Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeating from * to end. (1 loop left on hook)
Row 2 Forward Pass (Same as Tunisian Simple Stitch): Insert hook under the second vertical loop from the previous row. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat in each remaining vertical loop to the end. For the last vertical loop you can go under just the one front as before, or under both loops – try both and see which you like better.
Row 2 Return Pass (Pebble Stitch): Yo and pull through the first loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. *Ch 3, [yo and pull through 2 loops] twice. Repeat from * to end.
Row 3 Forward Pass: Repeat Row 2 Forward Pass, making sure to tuck each 3 ch loop beneath the hook as you work so they stick out the front (see below).
Row 3 Return Pass (Pebble Stitch): Yo and pull through the first loop. *[Yarn over and pull through 2 loops] twice, ch 3. Repeat from * until there are 2 loops left on hook, yo and pull through last 2 loops. (Note that these 3ch loops are offset from the previous.)
Rows 4 – 20: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 eight times, then repeat Row 2 once more. (19 rows of pebbles made)
Tunisian Single Crochet Bind Off Instructions:
Insert hook under the second vertical loop from the previous row. Yarn over and pull up a loop, then yo again and pull through both loops (just as for a regular sc st). Repeat in each remaining vertical loop to the end.
Using the Bind Off as the first section of the edging, continue to sc down the left side, bottom (chain row), and right side of the cloth, working 3 sts in each corner. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off. Wet block if desired.
The Wrap Up
And that’s all there is to it! It’s amazing what a few well-placed chains and variegated kitchen cotton can do. This stitch would make a gorgeous scarf, or you could sew the dishcloths together back to back to make a potholder! And the Tunisian Pebbles Dishcloth is pretty enough to be a spa cloth as well – no reason to confine it to the kitchen.
I hope you enjoyed learning more Tunisian techniques and making the Tunisian Pebbles Dishcloth! Tunisian crochet has been a fun learning experience, and I hope to bring you more of it in the future!
The Fine Print
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