Moss Stitch Washcloth tutorial

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Good morning, sunshine! For today’s
time-lapse tutorial, we are going to learn this moss stitch washcloth.
this one is 38 stitches across and — however many it is to make it square — up
I don’t count rows anymore because I just measure when I’m done. I’m using a
100% cotton yarn that may or may not be Sugar ‘n’ Cream. I’m pretty sure I got it
at A.C. Moore. I’ve been using it for two years so I’ve lost the band since then,
and it is still going strong. I freaking love it! Love the colors, love the fabric
it makes! And this hook is my 8. It is the Susan Bates — of course the light
is really bad, there we go — Susan Bates FOCUS! Focus! Focus! There we go. Susan Bates size 8, five millimeter (hiccup) five millimeter hook, H, however you measure
your hooks because they all do different depending on where you are and what
you’re using. That is what we are going to use. We are going to make this
beautiful washcloth, and most of it’s gonna be time lapse because it’s faster
that way! I would like to show you the slip knot and the starting chain before
we go into the time lapse. The way I do a slip knot, I’ve seen it done a lot of
ways, but I take it up, around, and across grab there, up between those two, reach
and grab that string, pull through. That’s my slip knot. One more time: up, around, across, grab, up through, grab that loose string. Slip knot. And use your hook. Some people hold their hook like a pencil, some people hold their hook like a knife. This is a knife
hold. I use a knife hold. To grab my yarn, I go up, across my finger, between the two
fingers, flip the hand over, tuck the first finger under, grab the knot. So that
is how I grab my yarn ready to go! I usually do curl my fingers under because
it gives me a chance to control that yarn, that movement, if it’s really baggy
here and it’s gonna flop and fall off, I pull here and it pulls back nice and
tight. Knife hold, grab the knot, always hold the knot. You should be able to move
your string the entire length of your hook. If you can’t, you’ve got it too
tight. Pull your hook inside the loop and it should loosen right up then you just
tug the string to tighten and it will come right back! Wrap around the back of
the hook, pull it through: chain one. The anatomy of a loop: around the hook and to the next — through the previous stitch you have what’s called a “teardrop shape.” It’s
upside down but it’s a teardrop shape. And when you make your stitch, you want
the tip of your hook, the actual hook-y piece to come — whoops! to fall off the
thing — to come down to the point of that teardrop. I will do it very slowly….. if I
can get it to focus. Why is the light so weird? Hook has yarn, into the teardrop point…. …pull through.
Hook has yarn, into teardrop point, pull through. Hook has yarn, into teardrop point, pull through. This is chains. I’m just going to do a
little bit to show you what I’m talking about. You’ll skip the first chain very close to your hook. You don’t count the one on your hook at all. Skip the first chain, single crochet into the first — the next
chain, which means insert your hook: There are three places to insert it. A, B and C. So A is the top loop, B is the back loop, or C which is both A and B by going
through this bottom piece. You’ll look like you have two. B gives a really nice edge, as you see this little two legs, on the bottom, very handy. Moss stitch. Single crochet, chain one, skip a chain, single crochet in the next chain. which is: go in, yarn over, pull through,
you now have two loops on your hook. Grab your yarn pull through both that is one single crochet. In the UK, that’s called a double crochet because you use two loops on your hook. In America it’s a single crochet because you pull through one
more time. Chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next chain: pull through,
pull through. Chain one, which is pull through towards the teardrop, skip one,
single crochet. So at the very end, when you’ve run out
of things to chain — so you chain one so that you can skip one, there’s nothing to
skip, so I’m going to do another single crochet here. Stick through, pull up: two
loops, pull through two loops. To turn your work: chain one, flip it over. You can turn either way, flip counter clockwise or clockwise. It genuinely does
not matter at all. Some people like the way it looks on the edge turning one
direction or another. I don’t notice enough to have a favorite. So when you
start you — you’ve chained one, you’ve turned, you start with a single crochet
right there in that last single crochet you did, and you’re going to chain one,
skip this single crochet, and now you have this chain one space that you made last
time. And you’re going to single crochet in the space. Pull through, pull through
two. Chain one, skip a single crochet, single crochet into the chain one space.
Insert, pull up, pull through two. Chain one, and you’re going to continue that pattern: skip a single crochet, chain and a single crochet in this chain space to
the end where there’s no longer anything to skip, and you will single crochet in that
last stitch. And that is the repeat that I’m going to
be doing. Chain 1, turn, start again! That is the repeat that I’m going to be
doing for this washcloth, and now I will see you on the other side of the time
lapse! Okay! All done! I will now cut the string,
as soon as I figure out where I put my scissors. I just wanted to show how I
figure out it’s done and square. Line up side-by-side, turn it 90 degrees, line up side-by-side. And if you really want to check for square, since it is a square,
fold it in half on the diagonal and the sides should match, which they do. I found
my scissors! So you make an extra loop, cut it loose,
pull it through, pull it tight, that makes a little knot, not a big knot. Don’t want a
big knot. Here’s your yarn needle. I have seen people, and I admit I used to do this as well,
you thread it through your yarn needle, or you even use a crochet hook, and just
run it up and down on this top edge like this. And while yes, it will get the
string out of the way, it will not look very pretty, and it will not actually
hide the yarn, and we’re going for hiding the yarn. We’re going for securing the
yarn so that it doesn’t come loose in two washes. When it’s time to get it nice and
clean and pretty, or before you gift it. You should wash your things before you
give them or sell them, otherwise you’ve got your germs all over their stuff, and
that’s rude and gross and we try not to do rude and gross, thank you!
So if you see I’m going in the top and down through the side of each stitch.
Here, and then underneath the stitch itself in between those two legs so you
can’t see it from the front or the back. And as you go through *boink* like that, it
will tuck the end in. It will not miss- misform? deform! It will not misshape
or deform — those are the words I wanted because “I speak English goodly.” And we
push through, and we’re going down right now, and in a moment once I’ve gone
a good two inches down, I will then proceed to go up for the
other two inches. So that’s two inches. My finger is 2 inches long. I need to get down, and I believe I’ve got another video
where I demonstrate with a measuring tape and a ruler that my finger really
is 2 inches long. So you have to look for that one on my channel because it’s a very handy way to learn. See? 2 inches. It’s a very handy way to learn how big your own body parts are and I show you how to use (alarm chimes) your body *whoops* measuring tape. How to use your body as a measuring tape, which is a very handy tool. Because when we don’t have
measuring tapes handy, which not all of us are that cool and wear measuring
tapes on our wrists — although, Jimmy Beans, if you’re listening, I would love one of
those bracelets. Just saying. Not all of us can have the cool bracelet jewelry
that is a ruler and a bracelet at the same time, so we have to use what we have available, And I always have my fingers and hands available for quick measurements. I believe in that video, and I’m not entirely certain so we’ll have to go look together, that I also show some common household items, and their dimensions and usefulness as measuring tools as well. Now, you can’t see where
that went and it’s not hanging out and flying loose. Probably should keep it in frame. So it’s just that a little bit there. Scissors are important. Scissors are very
important. I keep my scissors on my keys, because you never know when you need
scissors. I use them all the time. So there is that tail woven in completely
and ready to go. I’m gonna do this tail off camera, and then it will be ready to
wash, block, steam, whatever I want to do with it. Gift, throw in the drawer with the others. Wash dishes, wash faces, wash toes and
noses. It’s a washcloth!

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