Well, good morning! So much has been going on since my last post. We've had family in from out of town, we moved to our own place (we had been staying with my parents for several months), I was working on piano stuff for a Rock Camp that our church put on, planted a garden, acquired another angora bunny…SO MANY THINGS! I have really discovered a love for my monthly planner. 🙂 Just the activity of doodling my schedule helps me to remember and relax and pray about things that are coming up. My planner is a very colorful, fun book!
Of course, I always think that life will slow down and then I will do such-and-such. YEAH, RIGHT! It never will.
I've been getting into handspinning a bit more, which I will get into in another post. I've tried some new fibers recently, which has been fun and really interesting. Agh, as I said – another post!
I really wanted to get on here and share a sort of tutorial on what is, in my opinion, the BEST washcloth/dishcloth ever! (I know, people love to lay claim to that all over the blogdom.) But, seriously. I made one of these several weeks ago, and it is my favorite dishcloth. Part of what makes it so great is that I used some really nice cotton yarn that I picked up from Casco Bay Fibers when my friend was here visiting. I am a little bit picky about cotton yarn. Just a little bit. I have always had a hard time using that Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn. It's so rough and the plys always separate on my and it is always just an exercise in frustration. There are a few other similar cottons to that brand, which you may be familiar with if you've ever used cheap cotton yarn. If you like it, you could TOTALLY still use it for this cloth.
So, anyways. This is not an exhaustive tutorial, you can make this cloth as big as you wish, and you can use a different sized hook. I actually would probably recommend using a smaller hook than the one I used for this tutorial. I used a 5mm hook, (the bright blue one, for you Clover Amour users), but I used the purple 4mm hook for the first one I made, and it's a little more dense, which is nice for a dishcloth.
To begin, I chained 37. Basically chain whatever size you'd like, plus 2. So this is 35+2 chains. So your stitch count should stay 35 all the way. Always count if you're having trouble keeping your edges straight! Gotta make sure you aren't losing stiches!
Row 2, turn, and now you're going to do a special stitch in each stich across. It will ALMOST feel like you're doing two stitches in each stitch. So your CH 2 counts as the first stitch in every other row. Yarn over, insert hook into the next ST and pull up a loop. Then, yarn over and pull through the first two loops on our hook (like you're about to do a double crochet).
Then, yarn over, and pull through all three loops, like you were doing a half double crochet.
Now just repeat that in each stitch across!
When you get to the end of that special stitch row, chain 1
Turn, and single crochet in each stitch across. When you get to the end of the sc rows, chain 2.
Repeat those rows, alternating until the cloth is as big as you wish, ending with a single crochet row.
The back ends up with just a bit of a ribbing happening, which is also nice for a dishcloth. And, it still looks great on the back side, I think!
Ok, your turn!