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Crochet Dishcloths - TUTORIAL

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Once a year I crochet or knit a dozen dishcloths, an annual chore I find very satisfying and it gives me some quiet pleasures. They last a very long time and if you use an absorbent yarn (like 100% cotton) they work brilliantly too.

I use a fresh one each day, and at the end of each evening I throw them into the laundry. If you put them in the dryer they come out lovely, soft and just like new. But I hang my laundry to dry outside so they always come in like cardboard! lol. But once they're thrown into the dishwater they're just fine again so don't worry.... :)

Here is a few of my current dishcloths. The apricot one on top and that lovely clean white one are brand new, the rest are 6 mths old. The mustardy yellow ones (I have 4 in that pile) are made from 100% bamboo fibre and are about 2 years old. The rest are 100% cotton ones.

I use either cotton or bamboo so they are lovely and absorbent. Don't be tempted to use acrylic or wool as they just won't do the job.



For the last few years my "dishcloth knitting chore" has been done at camp. We like to camp where there is no "facilities" (ie: no hot showers, no power) so once its dark its lovely to sit around the camp fire and listen to music with my needles clicking.

I'm not at camp at the moment but I'm on bed-rest, so right now this is the perfect pastime when having afternoon tea. 



My favourite dishcloth pattern is below. It was found on the internet quite a while ago but unfortunately I have no idea what the pattern is called or whom to credit. But it's such a lovely cloth that I had to share....

Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

Materials:
1 ball 8ply 100% cotton or 100% bamboo yarn
Size 4mm needle

Pattern:

1. Make a loop in your yarn and chain (ch) 30 stitches.
2. Single crochet (sc) in 2nd ch from hook, and in each of the ch across. Ch 2, turn.  You now have 29 stitches.
3. Sc in the first sc, *skip (sk) 1 sc. In next sc both double crochet (dc) AND sc. Repeat from * until end, ch 2, turn.
4. Sc in 1st sc, *sk next dc, in next sc both dc and sc. Repeat from * across, ch 2, turn.
5. Keep repeating the third row until it measures about 200mm.
Border:
Sc evenly around cloth, making sure to sc x 3 in each corner. Slip stich (Sl St) to beginning sc, ch 1, do not turn work. Reverse (rev) sc evenly around cloth, sl st to beg rev sc and then fasten off.
Clip and weave in the ends.

From upper right clockwise: Finished and folded dishcloth, 100% Cotton Crepe, Size 4mm crochet hook, Incomplete dishcloth.




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Voodoo Molly, could you please explain step 3 for me a bit more. I'm only new to crochet and I'm still struggling with the terminology. Sorry to be a pain. LOVE YOUR BLOG BTW. Teresa

Antonia@Voodoo Molly Vintage said...

Hi Teresa, thanks for that. :) Yes, of course I can help with step 3. Does this sound a bit easier....

Step 3: Make a single crochet in the first stitch on your chain. *Skip the next stitch, then make both a double crochet AND a single crochet in the next stitch (it will be the third chain from the start). Repeat from * until you reach the end of the chains, chain 2 more and then turn your work ready for the next row.

Hope this helps, sing out if you're still confused... everyone has to start somewhere! :)