A hand-crocheted washcloth (made with fique -- or pineapple -- yarn) takes this gift above and beyond.
Photography: MARIA ROBLEDO
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2013
Fique fiber, in White and Yellow, $9.50 for 170 yd., habutextiles.com
1 skein fique fiber
Scrap in contrasting color
Crochet hook, size F
Row 1: Treble-crochet into fifth chin stitch from hook, then treble-crochet across row. Chain-stitch 4; turn.
Continue in treble crochet until you have worked 11 rows. Work should measure 7 1/2 inches.
Double-crochet around border, with 4 stitches in each treble row, working 2 double crochets into each corner stitch. For last edge, change to a contrast color if desired, and double-crochet across.
At end of last edge, chain 8 and stitch into last stitch to form a loop. Reinforce loop by singlecrocheting into chain.
Snip and weave in ends.