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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.

     

     

  • Easter Egg Dishcloth

    Wow! Easter is a day away. I have finished crocheting a cute little Easter egg dishcloth just in time. I found the pattern for this in a Leisure Arts book called Crochet book called A Dishcloth a month. So if you are looking for a last minute project it didn't take much time at all. 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

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Special Snowflake

    I crocheted the dishcloth pattern from Learn to Crochet African Flower Motifs!

    I've made this before, but I decided I didn't like my color choices once I was done.  And I think the pictures for the post I wrote about it were ugly because I hadn't figured out some of settings on my camera.  Yes, I know that the camera came with an instruction manual.  No, I don't know what it's trying to tell me most of the time.

    So I wanted a do-over.  And here it is!  I love the African flower motif--that's why I was so tickled with how my blanket has looked so far.  But I thought that if I crocheted this dishcloth with white and blue yarn that it could look like a snowflake. I'm not sure if it does.  Maybe I should have worked this with yellows and pinks and greens.  Maybe that's what I'll do next time.  I think I'll call this a snowflake dishcloth anyway.

    It has six points, the yarn is in wintery colors, and I've declared this dishcloth to be a snowflake dishcloth. So ta da! 

    I already feel better at this attempt at an African flower motif dishcloth because I went ahead and used the recommended I hook for this.  I normally go down a hook size or two in my crochet projects because I have a pretty loose gauge.  But with African flower motifs, you should probably use a bigger hook than what you think you might need.  The long single crochet stitch (when you crochet into the stitch two rows down) can pull the crocheted fabric of your project and you're going to want it to stretch instead of bunching.

    There are some cute patterns in Learn to Crochet African Flower Motifs, and I think the dishcloth pattern is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to this motif. 

    And it makes a lovely little dishcloth as well. 

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Now With Slant Stitches!

    Hello, I have crocheted slant stitches!  I had been seeing tutorials for this look on Pinterest lately, and was thinking about trying it out.  When I realized that Dishcloth #34 in The Big Book of Dishcloths used it, I had to do it!

    I say this a lot, but I feel like it's okay to preach this like it's my religion: if you want to try out something new, find a dishcloth pattern that incorporates it.  It's perfect practice, it's a small project, and you have a useful and beautiful dishcloth to show for your trouble when you're finished.

    So.  The slant stitch.  You're crocheting your double crochet stitches, and then you skip a stitch.  Then you crochet three crochet stitches (or however many your pattern tells you to).

    I'm really bad at using my camera with my left hand, y'all.  Sorry for what you're about to see.

    Then!  You yarn over like you're about to make another double crochet stitch.  But!  You insert your hook into the skipped stitch three stitches back.  I know, plot twist!

    You work a yarnover and pull that yarn wayyyy out and pull it through two loops, yarnover, and pull it through your last two loops--you know, regular double crochet stuff.

    Except that you worked it a few stitches backwards.

    Then you skip a stitch and work three double crochet stitches and repeat the whole thing over again until you have this cool-looking dishcloth to show for it.

    This was fun!  I apparently should have worked another row or two, but once I decided to use orange yarn for my border I guess I got a little impatient.  I like the bright orange with the red, but I do wish I'd used the single crochet stitch border instead of this double crochet stitch border.  Oh well.

    I really like the slant stitch!  I'm pretty pumped that I learned it, and I hope I find another pattern that calls for it soon.  The dishcloth was great practice and I'm happy to have it in my gift stash.  Win win!

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Simply the Best

    I crocheted Dishcloth #20 from The Big Book of Dishcloths this week and I love it. 

    When I first started flipping through this book, I wondered if there was a pattern that was just a simple square made of double crochet stitches.  And this was it!  Yup, that's all this is.  The perfect beginner dishcloth, or the perfect dishcloth for someone who's just in the mood for something simple.  Either way, this is perfect for variegated yarn. 

    I was really in the mood to use some of this yarn.  It's Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn and it's in the Camelot colorway.  I love its reds and pinks and not-quite-oranges.  And there's gray!  You wouldn't think gray would work too well with those colors, but it does and I loved it from the moment a destashing friend tossed it my way.  The navy blue yarn I used for the border made a nice contrast.  There are three border options in The Big Book of Dishcloths, and I usually like to pick the one that uses single crochet stitches.  I do love a good single crochet stitch border.

    I enjoy variegated yarn, but sometimes I don't want to use it on patterns that use distracting techniques.  If this dishcloth had a lot of front post crochet stitches, the stitches and the yarn would distract from each other and this might look messy.  I like the simple stitches of Dishcloth #20 with this wildly colorful yarn. 

    My next crocheted dishcloth is going to be fancy, I promise.  There are some really interesting patterns that use up to three different kinds of yarn and I'm excited about trying them out.  But I just had to try out this variegated yarn before I did anything else.  And I'm glad I did, because this one's a beauty.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Crocheting a Very Dignified Dishcloth

    I have a lot of weird reactions to dishcloth patterns, and I catch myself attributing lots of characteristics to the things I make.  Dishcloth #84 from Big Book of Dishcloths struck me as dignified and old fashioned.  

    I'm not entirely sure why, but 'old fashioned' and 'dignified' kept going through my head while I was crocheting this.  It looks like the kind of quilt design you'd see painted on the side of barn.  Do you have those in your area?  I never seem to see them in Arkansas. When I drove through the Midwest to go to a wedding in Iowa a few years ago, I saw lots of barns with quilt-style patterns painted on several barns.  They were lovely!  I don't know why anyone would do that, but it seems like a nice tradition.

    Maybe 'traditional' is what I'm thinking of with this design. Maybe it reminds me of the kind of afghan someone would make as a wedding gift.  Maybe it's a kind of tile you'd see in an older house.  Maybe I'm just easily impressed by dishcloth patterns.

    Okay, no 'maybe' at all on that last one.  I love dishcloths.  They're tiny works of art.  With #84, I think my favorite element was the cluster stitches at different points in this square. 

     

    Working them in the centers of the rows and then the corners was a little like crocheting the granny square pattern from Complete Guide to Symbol Crochet.

    But while the granny square seemed striking and playful, this dishcloth feels a little staid with its single color.  The only way it could be more serious is if I had used off-white yarn.  Red almost feels frivolous.  As it is, I'm looking at the dishcloth and feeling bad that I have taken our winter coats to the dry cleaners.  I probably haven't memorized enough Bible versus.  It has been weeks since I gave anyone a jar of homemade jelly.

    I also forgot to take a picture earlier in the day, so I had to run out and take pictures on my balcony in order to get enough natural light and now you AND the dishcloth know I don't plan far enough in advance.

    I need to give this dishcloth as a gift very, very soon.  It will be a very earnest gift.  I don't know if I know anyone with a kitchen serious enough for this dignified country lady of a dishcloth.  But I'm sure I can find someone who enjoys a nice traditional-looking pattern with an interesting design.  Because this is a perfect example of that very thing. 

    And probably an excellent cleaner to boot.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Crocheting the Offset Knot Stitch Dishcloth. Properly.

    I crocheted the Offset Knot Stitch Dishcloth pattern from Crochet Textures for Home and Baby!

    For real this time.

    The pattern calls for Lion Brand Nature's Choice cotton yarn, which is a little bit fluffier than your average worsted weight yarn.  The last time I made this dishcloth, I only had my standard Sugar n' Cream yarn on hand so I made this with a G hook.

    But I have some Nature's Choice in my stash, and I thought it would be interesting to try this again.  I loved it the first time around, and I figured another try would be fun.  And it was!

    I used a J hook and a little more than half of a skein of Nature's Choice in Walnut. That yarn is so incredibly soft.  And the dishcloth is so big and thick and poofy!

    But I don't know if this is actually a good dishcloth.  I've never tried cleaning up with anything made from this yarn before, but it seems a bit too.... fibery.  Does that make sense?  It seems like it would be like trying to scrub something with a cotton ball.  I know the yarn is much stronger than that, but it seems like it's just too soft for using as a dishcloth and I worry about little yarn fragments going all over the place.

    I still like this, though.  I can either give this to one of my sisters, because they don't actually use the dishcloths I give them--although they do like them and display them with pride--or I can deem this a hot pad.  Even before I started making this, I thought it might be a hot pad.  Which is kind of great, actually.

    I like hot pads, and this seems like a really good one.  The knots give this a lot of height and, of course, texture.  This is incredibly textured!  I would hope that a book called Crochet Texture for Home and Baby would have some very textured crochet patterns, and this is a mighty fine one. 

    Even if I don't know what I'll do with this week's dishcloth project, I'm happy with it.  I love this simple pattern.  I'd never worked with this yarn before and that was lovely.  I have to admit that I do like a good hot pad.  And every now and then it feels good to work a pattern just the way I'm supposed to.  Weird, but good.

    I hope you have a good weekend and plenty of good luck with your crafting!

  • Weekly Dishcloth: This is Pretty. Oh So Prettyyyy!

    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.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Red, White, and Blue Everything!

    This post was originally published on June 28, 2013. I'm reposting it because I love patriotic dishcloths because they feel incredibly summery to me.  Since writing this post, I've also crocheted the Around the Block pattern from Dishcloths and I love it!  Just about everything is better when you make it with red, white, and blue!

    Remember when I said I thought everything could be patriotic if you just made it red, white, and blue?  Well, I've been testing that theory out lately and I think I'm completely right.  I even have a collection of cottony crocheted things taking up half of my table to prove it!

    Here's three cheerful-looking Spiral dishcloths from Dishcloths.  They're pretty perky all by themselves, but when you put these three colors together it makes for a festive collection.  This would be a nice hostess gift if you're invited to any barbeques this summer.

    This is a modified version of the Lacy Stripe pattern from Dishcloths.  And even though there are color changes, I still made most of this while watching my little girl splash around in the bathtub one night.  I wanted this to look like bunting, and I kind of wish I'd made the second row blue and somehow changed things to make this look just a bit stripier.  But I really love the red edging.

    And here's the Fast Favorite pattern from (where else?) Dishcloths.  Even though I've probably made this pattern at least twenty times, I never tried it with the three colors called for.  So here we are!  Fast and festive!
    And lastly, here's a festive knit sundress for your kitchen.  It's a dishsoap bottle dress, but you can dress up just about anything.  I just used the Happy Day #2 pattern from the leaflet 75428 - Dishcloth Dresses and alternated red and blue for the rows that called for a solid yarn, and subbed the white yarn for variegated.  And this can be used for a dishcloth, but I'd be a little mad at you if you did because I think this is too pretty for that.

    With all this red, white, and blue cotton over here, my place is starting to look pretty patriotic for July 4th!  What about you?

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