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  • Stash-busting and Stash-building with Dishcloths

    This week I crocheted four dishcloths from the pattern booklet Dishcloths by Candi Jensen.

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    FOUR dishcloths for my gift stash!  Excellent.  These are all patterns I've made before, but when I like a pattern I tend to come back to it over and over.  And I'm a big fan of some of the patterns in this book.

    The first dishcloth I made was the Variegated pattern.

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    My little gift-making adventure got started with this yarn:

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    It was on sale, it had colors I liked, and it didn't work in any pattern I tried or with any stitch. Seriously, I was a little spooked.  I didn't like it in garter stitch (what variegated yarn looks bad in garter stitch?!).  Or seed stitch.  Or single crochet stitches.  I reached a point where I just wanted this out of my stash so I could stop wondering what to do with it.  I flipped through Dishcloths, realized there was a pattern called 'Variegated' written for variegated yarn, and went to town!

    The Variegated pattern uses about 45ish yards, so I had about half of a skein left.  So I made the Granny Border dishcloth because that's probably my favorite dishcloth pattern of all time.  I found some white scrap yarn and used that for the border.

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    While I was looking through some of my cotton yarn scraps, I realized I probably had enough pink and green bits to make a dishcloth and I'd recently seen the Striped Hexagon pattern on Ravelry.  Seeing it had made me want to try it again, so I made this with one less stripe (because I ran out of yarn.  It's about 7" across as is, so I think it's fine. These things happen).

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    I loved putting scraps to good use, so I figured I had enough of them for one more dishcloth.  So I made the Diagonal Stripe pattern!

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    The Diagonal Stripe pattern calls for just two colors, but why stop there?  You can use all kinds of colors!  This is a little crazy -looking, but I think it's cheerful and the colors look good together.  I'm sure it will fit right in at someone's kitchen.

    All of these patterns call for worsted weight cotton yarn and an I hook, and that's what I used. I know some of the stitch patterns look a bit open, but I've used dishcloths like this at home and also know that repeated uses and washings (and dryings) can shrink the crocheted fabric so that it's denser and better at soaking up spills and scrubbing away messes.  I'm pretty pumped to get these yarn scraps out of my stash and I'm even more excited about having these pretty dishcloths in my gift stash.

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  • Jack-O-Lantern Dishcloth

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I love all the decorations. I like to drive around and look at everyone else’s decorated yards. I leave my decorations up until the day after Day of the Dead. I was looking for something quick and easy project to do. Something that I can work on in and out of the car this week while waiting in the carpool line at school or while waiting on after school activities. I went through all of my Leisure Art Books and found this cute Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin dishcloth in a book called A Dishcloth a Month.

    I was just finishing tucking in all my ends when my friend asked me if it was a new coaster for our table at the new knit shop. I said I had not planned on it but why not. It is slightly big for a coaster but it is really cute idea for decorating a table. So I am in the process of making a few more for our knit/crochet table. I am even going to crochet some without the Jack-O-Lantern face. You just follow the pattern and as if you had changed your color from orange to black. My favorite part I will only have four ends to run in or tuck in. Whichever way you want say it. You can even use brown for the stem instead of the green. Since it is fall I can keep the ones without faces through Thanksgiving. It’s a win! Win! I hope that you have had as much fun with this Jack-O-Lantern pattern as I have. I used 100% cotton. I am going to check and see if Sugar n Cream has a variegated fall colored yarn for some of my solid pumpkins. I think that would be really cute.

     

  • Baby Washcloths Part Two

    Baby Washcloths to Knit

    Alright the knitting part of my baby washcloths is done. What am I going to do with all 9 of them? I am going to crochet them together and make a baby blanket. I got the pattern for the washcloths out of the book from Leisure Arts called Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. It took me a few tries to get it all worked out and it to look how I wanted it to look. It only a couple hours to finish it once I sat still long enough. A lot of procrastination went into this project. I started this project back in May. Then my ADHD kicked in. I think that I was worried how it would turn out. I get ideas for projects some work out some do not. I am so happy that this one turned out so well.

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    After I tucked in all my ends on the washcloths, I placed all 9 washcloths out and into 3 rows. Again I used white Egyptian cotton for this project. Then I began crocheting the sides of the washcloths together with a single crochet until I had 3 panels. I then crocheted again using a single crochet a panel on the top and the bottom through the cast on row and cast/bind off row. Make sure before you crochet together that once not upside down or wrong sided. When all this was done I then used a yellow Egyptian cotton to do a simple border. I did a single crochet around the blanket and 3 single crochets on the corner turn and 3 single crochets into the first stitch. This gives it a nice rounded edge. This is for a boy so I didn’t want to do anything frilly.

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    There is another washcloth book that I want to make a blanket out of and that is Dishcloths for Special Days by Julie A. Ray. I thought how cool it would be to make a baby’s first blanket. Do it in all different colors like a patchwork quilt. The important thing to remember is to make sure that you buy and use the same type of yarn but in different colors. Why? It is important because all your pieces will be the same size and easy to piece together.

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  • Getting Gauge

    When you are knitting, it is really important to get the correct gauge that the pattern calls for especially if you are knitting some sort of garment. I have a friend who once knitted a dress for someone and followed the pattern to every letter and it was 3 sizes too big. I have other friends that have knitted sweaters that were too small, too short in the waist or sleeves, or the pieces didn’t fit. So you want to do a gauge swatch and get your ruler out to measure your stitches. You want to know how many stitches you get within an inch.

    I used these Sailboat washcloths to show the difference in what I am talking about. I got the pattern for this adorable Sailboat out of a Leisure Arts book called Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. I know with washcloths you don’t necessary need to worry about a gauge swatch. That said, the sailboat on the left is much smaller than the one on the right. I used two different yarns. The sailboat on the left was knitted in 100% Egyptian Cotton and the one on the left in regular Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream USA 100% Cotton. Both are cotton but totally different sizes of yarn. The sailboats were also knitted on different sized needles. The washcloth on the left was knitted using size 6 needles, and the one on the right was knitted using size 8. Why two different sized needles? I used the needles that the yarn specified. If I had used a size 8 with the Egyptian cotton, then it would have been really loose and you would not have been able to make out the pattern as well.  If I had knitted the Lily’s Cotton with size 6 needles, the washcloth would be really hard to have knit up because it would have been very tight.

    Left Sailboat knitted in Egyptian Cotton and Sailboat on the right Regular Cotton Left Sailboat knitted in Egyptian Cotton and Sailboat on the right Regular Cotton

    Good Luck on your gauges. I feel your pain when you have to do a gauge swatch. I do not like doing them either. I like them like I like tucking in all my ends in at the end of projects.

  • Praying Hands

    Easter is just a couple days away. I am still addicted to washcloths/dishcloths. I really liked the Dishcloths for Special Days by Julie A Ray. I knitted the Praying Hands washcloth in just a couple hours. I used yellow Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream worsted cotton. Continue reading

  • Flower Dishcloth

    The book cover of Learn to Crochet African Flower Motifs by Candi Jenson and Heather Vantress caught my eye. I fell in love with the colors and I knew at that moment that I had to get it and I had to crochet things in it. The first project of many is a flower dishcloth. Continue reading

  • Best Projects for Crochet Beginners

    Best Projects for Crochet BeginnersIf you're new to crochet, scrolling through pages and pages of patterns can be intimidating. I remember when I first started and it was a whole lot of not even knowing what I didn't know. I'd finally find a "perfect" pattern, something adorable yet easy looking, only to realize 3 rows in that I'd inadvertently purchased plans to build a rocket.

    Ok, maybe not a rocket. You get what I'm saying, though.

    We are here to help. If you have mastered your single and double crochet and are ready to move beyond your basic rectangular scarf, keep reading. I've picked out some great patterns to build your skill set and keep your frustration to a minimum.

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  • Deer Camp Dishcloths WIP Wednesday

    This week Martha is making the Deer Camp Dishcloth from our crafty collection. Instead of using the recommended colors, Martha is styling her dishcloth with a little pink and purple. Martha is also using a crochet hook in Size H (5 mm), not in Size G (4mm) as stated in the Camo ‘Shopping List’ of materials needed.

    The yarn is: Spinrite Lily Sugar’n Cream medium weight cotton. But, instead of the color used in the Camo project (#19983-Renegade, a green ombre), Martha is using a pink ombre, #02707-Love.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Pumpkin Party!

    Well, now I don't want to stop with the holiday crafts.  I've started decorating my home for fall and now I'm making Halloween crafts.  The first completed one? The Pumpkin dishcloth from Dishcloths for Special Days!

    This is a sweet little dishcloth.  And I do mean little.  You only cast on 35 stitches for each of these patterns, and you get a sweet little dishcloth that measures about 7" X 9" square. I like it. And I love these designs where you you draw a picture with purl stitches, and I love this grinning jack o'lantern. 

    If you make one for yourself, I suggest you use the orangest yarn you can find.  I tried a pumpkin dishcloth with yarn that was a little more peachy than orange once.  It looked like I made a dishcloth with some weird peach on it.  You know, if someone carved a face into a peach.  Go with orange.  Anything that looks like a hunter's vest or a traffic cone will do beautifully.  I used Sugar'n Cream yarn in the Hot Orange color.  It is bright.

    This dishcloth is fun and festive and cheerful.  I got a craving for 'fun-size' chocolate bars while I was knitting it.  And it's marked as an easy pattern.  Like all the patterns in Dishcloths for Special Days, the pattern has written instructions and a chart.  This is a great pattern for a beginning knitter, or a knitter who's new to charts, or someone who gets excited about holiday projects.  I think you can guess which one I am! 

    Happy weekend crafting!

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Knitting a Bee-autiful Dishcloth

    I knitted the Bee Skep dishcloth pattern from Garden Dishcloths and it's bee-autiful.

    I had to Google what a bee skep was, though, because I've only seen beehives.  Bees can build their own hives, obviously, but it's tricky to knit some little flying insects swarming around a hollow spot in a tree.  And people build beehives and those just look like boxes, although some people build them with little roofs on top and that's cute.  But again, not especially picturesque for a picture made up of purl stitches. 

    But a bee skep is a dome basket that houses a hive.  They're not very practical anymore (you have to pretty much destroy one and maybe kill your bees) to harvest your honey and having a standard hive where you can pull out frames lets growers keep their bees a lot safer because, well, a box is usually sturdier than a basket.  But bee skeps are awfully darn cute. 

    And they look nice on a dishcloth.

    This was a pretty quick knit, with worsted weight cotton yarn and #6 needles.  There are 56 rows to knit and none of them are very tricky.  I know something like this shouldn't be tricky, but sometimes I see things like "P 4, K 12, P 1, K 1, P 1, maybe P 1 again, are you sure you're where you're supposed to be" in the instructions and it all gets away from me.  I am willing to swear that I have totally seen instructions that say that, and I bet you have to.  But knits and purls in this pattern tend to stick to separate groups and the result is a nicely set out picture in knitting.

    Let's take a moment to talk about how irritated I am that I haven't managed to work a "busy bee" joke into any of the last three paragraphs.  I'm incredibly irritated, you guys.  Mad as a hornet, even. 

    I really enjoy the sweet nature-themed patterns in Garden Dishcloths.  I love flowers and being outside and the feeling you get from spending time with nature, whether it comes from working in your garden, taking care of your one potted plant, or just from remembering to bring in little bits of the outdoor world inside to enjoy. 

    I don't think I'll be tending any hives any time in the near future, which is a bummer because bees are so important, but I do like this cheerful little dishcloth.  I'll probably give it to my mom because my parents used to raise bees.  She likes bees a lot, and she's always appreciative of dishcloths. 

     

    I'm sure she'll be buzzing with excitement over it.

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