I crocheted Dishcloth #53 from The Big Book of Dishcloths and I'm in love.
This dishcloth is so beautiful. It looks like a doily. Or a star! Or a flower! It's just so fancy! I'm ridiculously tickled with this. I've seen versions using variegated yarn on Ravelry that are lovely, but I felt like sticking with some Soft Ecru because that felt classic. And I used up nearly two-thirds of the skein! That's roughly 90 yards! There are a lot of stitches in this dishcloth for it to be so open, but these stitches are many and those many are pretty tightly packed together in some sections.
This dainty-looking creation is actually 12" across, and I think it could make a decent hot pad. This was one of the projects I held up as soon as I'd woven in my ends and forced my husband to admire--that's how excited I was about this. He looked concerned and said, "I don't think that'd be a very good dishcloth. No offense."
Why do people even bother adding "no offense" to a statement? You know it's going to offend. Good grief, I'm a grown adult and I know when I'm making a super-effective dishcloth and when I'm not! I just thought this might have been the prettiest one I've ever made thus far.
No, I know. I know this is the prettiest dishcloth I've made thus far.
And, actually, I do think this dishcloth will work just find if you're washing dishes. We mostly use dishcloths in our home for wiping up spills and cleaning off counters. It does help to have a more solidly constructed dishcloth when you're performing those types of tasks. But if you're washing dishes, this pretty dishcloth will do a fine job. Just wad it up and get to scrubbing! I've used fairly lacy dishcloths and much studier-looking dishcloths to wash dishes, and there's really not much difference when hot water and soap are added to the mix.
And my husband has no taste. None! The man does not appreciate the small, simple joys of crocheting a super fancy dishcloth. But I do, and I think I'm going to make another one with lots of beautiful colors! It could be lovely! This pattern wasn't even that difficult to follow! It's nine little rows of interesting fun! I loved making this dishcloth, and I think it's perfectly lovely. It's a little old-fashioned, and far more fancy than is necessary, and maybe not entirely practical.
I think that's why I like it so much.