I have been on a dishcloth / facecloth marathon now for a few weeks. It started out just making a few for Darling Daughter, then thought I would make a few more for my sisters and mother. I posted the tutorial for the extremely Wicked Easy Dischcloth HERE.
I still have more cotton, but I have a couple of unfinished projects that I need to get to — like the other cover to my lounge chair cushions!! Summer is nearly over and I still have to finish the second one!
This is what my small mountain of completed dishcloth / facecloths look like.
So, today I will be packing these up and sending them on to the relatives — I still have a skein or 2 left and intend to make a few for myself. It seems that I give away 90% of what I make — do you think I am subconsciously seeking approval or validation? Could be!!
At any rate, it soothes my mind to knit or crochet while the TV drones in the background. Not exactly mindless, but it’s repetitious enough to let my mind wander around, quietly plotting my next project. Besides the aforementioned cushion covers, I have puttputt slippers to make for the GrandDollies and Darling Daughter, hats, mittens, sweaters (yes an actual sweater — GrandDolly 1 spotted a pretty yellow soft yarn in Michaels and a free pattern hanging on the hook right next to it — the kid has an eye for four years old!!) The yarn is yummy, smooshy and luscious and is calling my name from it’s home in the yarn basket. It’s definitely time to move on to something else.
This is a great little project while sitting in front of the television in the evening. I’ve made as many as 3 in one sitting. And I’ve also had nights where I spent alot of time ripping out what I had done incorrectly!
WICKED EASY DISHCLOTH (OR FACECLOTH)
Crochet hook size H (gauge is not terribly important)
This pattern uses a half double crochet (hdc) and to make a half double crochet:
(yarn over, insert hook in chain, yarn over pull through one loop, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops)
About an ounce of cotton Sugar ‘N Cream or Bernat Handicrafter cotton
1) Chain 26
2) 1 hdc in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across
3) Chain 2 (counts as first hdc in next row) and turn — 25 stitches
4) Work 1 hdc in each stitch across and in top chain of chain 2.
5) Ch 2 and turn
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until cloth is desired size. Mine work out to be about 8 – 8.5″ square
To finish, work slip stitches around three sides of the cloth, cut yarn and weave in the end.
Done!!! Told you it was wicked easy, eh?
I finished these two potholders last night. Aren’t they just cute as can be? Okay, now REALLY look at them — doesn’t the salmon color in one look just a tad more pink than the other one? Yeah, that’s what I thought too!! Even funnier tho — I’ve been crocheting them at night — yes, when it’s dark and watching TV — and I just didn’t notice the color until I took the picture and started tweaking it in my Irfanview software. THEN I saw the difference. Sure enough, I checked the yarn bands and they’re two different dye lots. Oh well — I was going to send them to my sister but I can guarantee you that if I do, she’ll notice the difference before you can whistle Dixie.
Anyway, the pattern is one that I found online on a blog written by a lady by the name of Eva in Norway and I just fell in love with it, so much so that I didn’t notice the dye lots didn’t match!! Mine don’t look quite as finished as Eva’s, but they were great for a first try and I’ll be making more. The yarn that I used was the old faithful Sugar N Cream color Butter Cream Ombre.
If you’d like to take a look at the pattern, here is the address for Topflappen, which I believe is potholder in Norwegian. Thanks for such a great pattern, Eva!!!
As much as I love to knit, weaving in the ends when finished is just not my favorite part. I can’t seem to finish off neatly enough to suit me and it irritates the daylights out of me!! I am always quick to point out to my knitting friend Kim that you are the only one that will know where the booboos are, but of course I don’t listen to my own advice. You never know when the knitting police will jump out and examine your stitches!!
For that reason alone, I love to crochet. It’s just so much easier to deal with those pesky ends.
This is a way of working in the beginning yarn tail that I’ve used for years. I’m sure others have found this also, I just haven’t stumbled across it on line. I’ve never had a problem using it. It gives your work a nice clean beginning without a yarn end hanging there.
I start weaving after completing the first row. In this case I am working on a baby cap in a ripple pattern (crocheting in back loop only). I’ve already chained 1 and turned. This picture shows the end before I start. I always give the end a good tug to make sure it’s not loose.
At this point, I took my hook and put it through the back loop and then kind of wiggled it down through the single crochet vertical bar under the loop, then hooked the tail end and pulled it up through.
Now I’m ready to start crocheting the second row. I put my hook through the back loop and at the same time, lay the end across so that when I yarn over and pull through, I’m securing the end in the stitch.
I continue across the row in the same manner until I’m getting to the end of my tail. I give it a little tug to the left to make it a little longer (your work to the right will contract a little in response to that little tug), crochet a few more stitches, then I take the already worked end to the right and pull it back into the right length. Voila! The yarn disappears under all the single crochets that you’ve done and there’s no more end.
This website is just too cool to not mention to people. If you craft, sew, knit, crochet or love household tips, you just have to visit. I literally stumbled across it looking for something (escapes my sieve-like mind just what that was, but there you have it) and I have been gleefully surfing through it since. I subscribed to the RSS feed so I know when something new has been added. It’s just an incredible wealth of information, alot that you didn’t even know that you needed. Show me another site that has patterns for 30 different knitting needle cases, rolls, pouches and organizers!!! Go!! Look!!! Now!!