Updated: Apr 30, 2019
In an effort to add more items to my shop that are not season specific like hats and scarves, I did a little brainstorming of items that I could make that I might like to add to my shop.
Now, in an effort to get started, instead of just being overwhelmed with all the possibilities on this list, I decided to start small.
Like, literally small.
So I figured I would start with cotton facial rounds. Those are the little cotton pads many people use to remove makeup, apply face products such as toner, apply acne medication, remove nail polish, etc. They have many uses!
I performed a quick Google search to see what patterns are out there, and, let me tell you, there are A LOT! Like, nearly 7 million results... And all of them are pretty generic. After getting sucked down the rabbit hole of free crochet patterns for a while, I decided that I should just figure out my own design.
Then something occurred to me...
There's no reason these things actually have to be round.
Thus, the decision to create these "Cotton Facial Not Rounds".
I had been making some dishcloths (also in an effort to add more items to my shop), and decided to basically shrink the pattern down to this 2.5" x 2.5" size.
Now, if you've come here wondering about a pattern, I'm here to tell you... I'm not a pattern writer.
I will do my best to put this into some semblance of a pattern here:
Cotton Facial 'Not' Rounds by Craftily Concocted
Hook Size: H
Yarn: 100% Cotton (I use Lily Sugar'n Cream)
Stitches Used: Chain [ch], Single Crochet [sc], Bobble - aka dc3tog (see below)
How to do the Bobble stitch: yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops (at this point, it's basically the first half of a double crochet), yarn over, insert into same stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, insert into same stitch for the third time, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over pull through all remaining loops on the hook.
This bobble is nearly identical to a 'double crochet three together' decrease, only you're working all three 'double crochets' into the same stitch. Also, many patterns end a bobble with a chain stitch to kind of cinch the stitch together, but for this pattern, that is not necessary. Instead, I like to make the subsequent single crochet with slightly tighter tension than normal, which eliminates the need for the chain stitch, especially when working with cotton yarn which doesn't have much stretch.
Skipping first chain, sc in each chain across. Ch 1, turn.
Sc, bobble, sc, bobble, sc, bobble, sc. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat row 3.
Repeat row 4.
Repeat row 3.
Repeat row 4.
Ch 1. DO NOT TURN. Sc evenly down the edge of the work. Make 3 sc in the corner to turn. Sc in each foundation ch while simultaneously crocheting around the yarn tail, making 3 sc at the second corner. Sc evenly up the other side of the work, making 3 sc at the third corner. Sc across the last edge of the work, making 2 sc at the last corner. Join to the top of the first sc after the ch 1 with your preferred join method (slip stitch is most common). Weave in end.
And that's it! These are very quick to work up (as something this small should be), and a set would make a simple gift. They are reusable, so just toss them in the washer and dryer.
Once you have the hang of the stitch repeat, you could modify the pattern to make a full size dishcloth, a potholder, Swiffer pads, and more!
Let me know if you liked this pattern, if you've tried it, if you want more of this sort of thing, if you noticed something that didn't make sense (again, I've never written a pattern before, so constructive feedback is welcome).
Or, if you're here because you'd like to purchase some Facial 'Not' Rounds, click here.
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