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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Two Short Stacks, Coming Right Up! Of Crocheted Dishcloths, that is!

This weekend is another busy outdoor one for us, cutting down trees and burning. It is such beautiful weather to be outside, but at the same time, it is always sad to see such beautiful trees falling to the ground. Our fall foliage season this year won't be nearly as colorful as it has been the past eight years we have lived here with all those lovely maple and birch trees sitting in neat piles waiting to be split.

But inside I do have some piles of colorful things that I wanted to share with you. Some you have seen already, but a few are new. I'm on such a cotton dishcloth kick right now that I just can't stop myself! I love how portable these little projects are too. I brought my bag with me yesterday when I had to spend some time with my oldest daughter at the hospital after she broke her finger in the cash register at work! I got one almost finished there, but sorry to say I haven't had a minute since then to finish it so it is not in the pictures.

Here's what I have so far...

5 Square crocheted cotton dishclothsThese are the square cloths that I have made so far. You have seen the first 4 already, but the one on top is new. I used the solid granny square pattern and a ball of self-striping cotton in these cheerful spring colors. I just kept adding rounds to the square until I could not complete the last round. I ripped out the incomplete last round and instead worked a round of reverse single crochet for the border. I love how it turned out colorwise, and it has such nice texture too.

5 Tunisian Short Row crocheted cotton dishclothsThese are my Tunisian Short Row cloths, most of which you have already seen, but the one on the far left is my newest, stitched in a cotton color called Gum Drop. It really does look like all the colors in a bag of gum drops! For this one, I also added one stitch to my beginning chain to make 16 stitches. This made the cloth a little bit bigger and also used up more of the ball of cotton. I think my next one will begin with 17 chains. I am trying to get to the right number for the beginning chain so that I can use up the whole ball of cotton and make a generously sized cloth. I'll let you know what that magic number is for me, in case you want to try it too.

Crocheted Cotton Granny Square DishclothNotice how the color changes happen in this pattern with the self-striping cotton. It almost looks like I actually changed yarns, but I didn't! I just kept on crocheting around and around. It couldn't get much easier than that!

Gumdrop Tunisian Short Row Crocheted Cotton DishclothHow's this for cheerful? It's the Gum Drop cloth. Looks good enough to eat, don't you think?

Grab a ball of cotton next time you find yourself at Walmart, Michael's or your favorite craft store. Dig out your size J or K crochet hook, and whip yourself up a few new dishcloths or face cloths. If you are the kind of person who likes instant gratification, this is the project for you!

Happy Stitching!

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  • Oh, I think these are wonderful - do you folks really use them as dishcloths? We can't get variegated cotton here - what a 'poop'! What ply and hook size do you use, please!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

    By Blogger Lurline, At March 21, 2009 at 11:33 PM  

  • Hi Mary Grace!
    Gumdrop is my favorite color....just bought about 4 of them...LOL! I think I also made a Tunisian Cloth out of that Violet Stripes...it's really pretty...I just taught my friend over the weekend how to do the Tunisian Short Row Cloth! I like your Granny Square one too!
    Have a great week!
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 22, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

  • what brand to you buy? did you know there is a very large yarn store in Northampton?? I went there with my hubby recently and we ended up not getting anything because we didn't know what to get, there was so much stuff! If you are ever out "west" you should stop by there.. it's called Webs online at http://www.yarn.com/

    By Blogger Milk Brain, At March 30, 2009 at 9:10 PM  

  • I use Sugar 'n Cream or Peaches 'n Cream right from Michael's or Walmart. It's worsted weight cotton yarn that comes in 2 or 2.5 ounce balls, or at Walmart you can also get 14 ounce cones in a limited choice of colors. Michael's has the best selection that I've found.

    Also Herrschner's and Mary Maxim carry similar cotton yarn, but you have to pay for shipping :(

    Hope this helps,

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At June 9, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

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