Guest blog post written by Black Sheep Lucy
When I started knitting around ten years ago I practiced on dishcloths. Not glamorous and I felt a bit foolish buying dishcloth yarn but it was a great way to practice.
Here’s a list of reasons to make your own dishcloths:
- Quick (even for my beginner stitching)
- I could practice new stitches and techniques on these small ‘samplers’ whilst still getting an end-product
- Something to cheer up boring old house work
- Mistakes didn’t matter
- They last longer than shop bought and don’t smell as much either!
- Economical and thoughtful gifts (though people may insist they won’t use them as they’re too pretty – tut!)
A decade later, I’m learning to crochet and decided to go with the same plan. I’ve dipped a toe (leg) into the universe of crochet with the Spice of Life Crochet along and want to practice a little more. I spotted the fabulous “Springy” range of colours in Rico Creative Cotton Aran and realised that dish cloths don’t have to just be in creams and white.
Oh, and if you subscribe to the, ‘”They’re too pretty for housework,” argument, you can always use them as exfoliating face/wash cloths. With warm water, they’re great for removing cleansers as a more environmentally sound alternative to cotton wool.
These cloths benefit from being made with a larger hook to provide extra airflow through the finished item. Rico Creative Cotton Aran suggests a hook between 4 and 5mm so I opted for a 5.
Square Dish Cloth
To start, in A, chain 27
Row 1 – 1tr into the 4th chain from the hook (the first 3 chains make the first treble). 1 tr into each chain to the end (24 st)
All rows will contain 24 stitches
Row 2-3 – 24tr each row
Row 4-5 – Change to B, 24tr each row
Row 6 – Change to C. 24tr. Do not cut this yarn at then end of the row but leave attached to work for border later.
Row 7-8 – Change to B, 24tr each row
Row 9-11 – Change to A. 24tr each row. Cut yarn and weave in all ends.
Using the still attached Shade C, create a border by working double crochets into the spaces around the cloth. Approx 24 stitches each side and working 3 additional doubles into the same space for each corner. Cut yarn and weave in.
The 2 round cloths are inspired by patterns found in the book, Boho Crochet.