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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Grab your crochet hook..............

here is a sweet dish cloth pattern for you!
This is a nine patch granny square dishcloth.
I love it because it is simple to make and you can use up all of those little scrap pieces of yarn making it!

It is made by making a simple granny square .......squares and then stitching them together using needle and matching crochet thread.
I have made dish cloths using the peaches and cream cotton, which at times I find pretty bulky to use..........
do you feel that way??
And I love using the pure cotton yarn for it's softness and easiness to work with.
Both are very good to use in this pattern.
However, I used the regular crochet thread that one might use for doilies. I try to find a medium thread rather than a fine thread.
I have found that crochet thread does well for washing dishes and the weave just gets tighter when the cloth is washed. So you might want to make your piece a little larger depending on the size you want for a dish cloth.
I used nine squares to show for this piece, however, I think it would be a better size if you worked 15 squares if you decide to use crochet thread.
So here are the instructions:
 
You will need
Ecru or white crochet thread
Different scrap colors of crochet thread
0/3.25 steel crochet hook
 
To make a cluster
YO, insert hook in sp indicated, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * 2 more times, YO and draw through all 4 loops.
 
With center chosen color, ch 8, join with slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1.  right side,
Work cluster in ring, ch 5, work cluster in ring ch 2. * work cluster in ring, ch 5, work cluster in ring ch 2; repeat from * 2 more times, join with slip st to top of beginning cluster. finish off; 8 sps.
 
Rnd 2 With right side facing, join Ecru thread with slip st to any ch-5 sp; (work cluster, ch 3 , cluster) in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2. *work (cluster, ch 3, cluster) in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2. repeat from * 2 more times, joining with slip st to top of beginning cluster, do not finish off: dc and 12 sp
 
Rnd 3 Slip st in next ch-3 sp, work ( cluster, ch3, cluster) in same sp, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, *work (cluster ch3, cluster) in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, repeat from * 2 more times, join with slip st to top of beginning cluster, finish off.
 Following all previous steps, make 9 squares or as many as need for desired size of dish cloth.
Putting it together
With wrong sides together, using Ecru or matching thread and working through inside loops, sew squares together, forming 3 strips of each square, and then sew strips together.
Edging
Rnd 1 with right side facing, join Ecru with slip st to any corner ch-3 s; ch 1, 3 sc in same sp. work sc evenly spaced across to next ch-3 sp corner,  3 sc in corner sp; all the way around to beginning. Join with slip stich to first sc.
Rnd 2
Ch 3, dc in same st, skip next 2 sc *(slip st, ch 3 dc) in next sc, skip next 2 sc; repeat from * around, join with slip st at base of beginning ch-3 sp, finish off.
 
How about you??
What type of thread or yarn do you prefer to use when you crochet a dish cloth?
I would love to hear!
 
 
 
How about you?
What type of thread do you prefer to make dish cloths from? I woud love to hear!
 



4 comments:

Bev said...

Love it ...I hope to try it!!

lil red hen said...

Granny squares are fun to make ~ I don't like setting them together. I have a baby blanket, made from squares, started. I have never crocheted a dish cloth, only doilies.

Marianne said...

Ooo, how did I miss this? It's lovely, and thank you for the directions. I never thought to use the cotton doily thread for dishcloths...brilliant. I haven't crocheted or knitted since last winter. I really need to change that.

Hugs,
Marianne xo

Kate Mossy said...

This is the prettiest dish cloth i've ever seen! It really is superb!