Friday, May 3, 2013

Crochet beginner's dishcloth

Beginner’s dishcloth

I found this on another blog, link below.
I am learning to crochet in the evening while watching tv, I really enjoy it. Starting simple :)
This is a basic, easy dishcloth, great for using up scraps or using a self-striping cotton yarn. Finished dishcloth measures approximately 8' square.
Cotton dishcloth yarn, such as Lily Sugar n Cream. Approximately half a ball / 35 grams / 60 yards
Size h hook
Gauge: 8 sc, ch 1 = 4; however, gauge doesn't matter, it's a dishcloth!
Ch 34.
Row 1: in second ch from hook, sc. * Ch 1, skip next ch sp, sc in next sp. * Rep across row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in first sc, sc in first ch sp. *Ch 1, skip sc, sc in next ch 1 sp. Rep across row, ending with a sc in ch 1 sp & sc in the last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next sc, and sc in ch 1 sp. Repeat from * across row.
Repeat row 2 & 3 for desired number of times, ending with row 3 to balance stitch pattern.
Materials Needed:
Yarn: You'll need a high-quality sport weight cotton yarn.
To crochet my sample projects, I used Simply Cotton yarn by Knitpicks. Simply Cotton is an incredibly soft organic cotton yarn.
I used the off-white color called "Marshmallow" to crochet my sample cloths. 

Project Instructions:

Ch 35.
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook. [Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the entire row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in 1st sc, skip 1st ch, [sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the entire row. Ch 1, turn.
Design Notes: In rows 2 and up, I found that I was able to achieve straighter edges when crocheting my last stitch into the turning chain instead of crocheting it into the last sc st. You can do it either way, but whichever way you choose, be sure to be consistent.
If all goes according to plan, you will end up with 17 sc sts and 16 ch sts in each row.
Repeat row 2 until your dishcloth is square.
End off. Weave in ends.
Time to wash the dishes, your counter tops, your face, or any other surface you can think of! I hope you will love the luxurious softness of this cloth!

Or, alternatively, you could give the cloth as a gift to a friend; if you crochet several of these and bundle them up with pretty ribbons, they'd make a lovely housewarming gift. They could also be given as bridal shower gifts, Christmas gifts, etc.

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