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Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Little Something for St. Patrick's Day

With a name like mine, I cannot allow the great feast of St. Patrick on March 17th to come and go without offering a little something green to the crocheting world. Here is another chart pattern for a Tunisian Crochet dishcloth or washcloth in the shape of ...

Shamrock Tunisian Crochet Dishclotha shamrock, of course!

This cloth pictured here was crocheted by my daughter Elizabeth just the other day and it is her very first Tunisian Crochet project. Considering her only lesson was about 20 seconds in length, I would say she did a pretty good job. I neglected to inform her that there is a special way to finish a block of Tunisian Crochet by binding off the stitches, so you can see at the top before the border rows where the stitches were not finished off properly. Still, I think the cloth turned out nicely and the 4 rounds of single crochet into the back loops is a fitting border for a pattern like this. The ridge that it makes mimics the vertical bars of the Tunisian Crochet in the body of the cloth.

Shamrock Tunisian Crochet DishclothI love how the Tunisian Purl Stitches rise up above the background to form the design.

Shamrock ChartThese charts could also be used to make blocks in worsted or sport weight yarn. The blocks could then be crocheted or sewn together to form a blanket or afghan. Any type of design chart could be used for this as long as the block size is consistent.

Now you have about a week to stock up on green cotton and stitch up a few of these lucky Irish cloths for all your favorite leprechauns so you can trade them for a pot of gold on St. Patrick's Day!

Happy Stitching!

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