How to Crochet a Tawashi
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Small amount of Red Heart Eco-Cotton (or comparable yarn, CYCA size 4) in three colors Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook Yarn needle Scissors
1. Start with a chain of 21 stitches 2. Single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook, then single crochet in the next chain. Half double crochet in the next 2 chain, double crochet in the next 12, half double crochet in the next 2 chains, and single crochet in the last 2 chain. Before completing the last single crochet, switch colors. Each row of color with taper off at both edges – this will make the ball shape of the tawashi. 3. Make the last yarn over of your last stitch with a second color (I used three in all, which makes it easy to pick up the colors at the end of each row), and turn. 4. Row 2: Working in the back loop ONLY, chain 1, single crochet in first 2 single crochet, half double crochet in next 2 half double crochet, double crochet in next 12 double crochet, half double crochet in next 2 double crochet, single crochet in last 2 double crochet (changing colors with last single crochet), and turn. 5. Repeat row 2 twenty-two more times, for a total of 24 stripes of color. Row 3 will be your third color (white, for mine). You'll work every row in the back loop only, which will give the tawashi a slightly ribbed texture. 6. When you get to the end of your third (white) row, grab the color from the first row (green) to complete the last single crochet, and turn. 7. At the end of the 24th row, fasten off and leave a long (12-inch) end for sewing. Weave in all of the ends, except for the tail you left for sewing. 8. With wrong sides facing, use a whipstitch to sew up the side seam of your tawashi, catching only the inside loop of the last row.
9. Loop the needle through every other green stripe all around the top of the tawashi and pull taut. Insert the needle through to the other end of the tawashi and repeat on the bottom side. 10. Press the tawashi flat so it looks like a circle. Head to the sink, and add some soap and water.