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Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunny Plaid Crocheted Dishcloth - Super Easy!

If you're like me, sometimes you just don't feel like following a pattern or paying attention to stitch counts or designs. You just want to crochet! That was exactly my mindset the other day when I made this Sunny Plaid Dishcloth. Of course I had no idea it would turn out to be plaid, since variegated yarns tend to create their own designs as you stitch. I was quite pleased with the way this one turned out though.


Sunny Plaid Crocheted DishclothI'm still working on the cone of Peaches 'n Cream cotton I purchased recently. I keep making things and it just doesn't seem to want to run out! It was time to put down my long afghan hook that I use for the Tunisian Short Row cloths and just use my regular little size G crochet hook for a quick project. The cloth you see above is the result.


Sunny Plaid Crocheted DishclothJust look at all that scrubby texture!

To crochet this cloth, I started with a chain of 41. Working in the back loops only, I worked about 46 rows of single crochet. Actually I crocheted until the piece appeared to be square, which happened to be about 46 rows, but you could make yours any size you want by adjusting the starting chain and the number of rows. When I was finished with the rows, I worked one round of single crochet around the cloth and that was it! No counting, no patterns or charts to follow, and the result is a very generously sized (about 11 inches square) and wonderfully textured plaid dishcloth!


Sunny Plaid Crocheted DishclothI just love how these ridges form in the crocheted fabric by working only in the back loops of the stitches. This is the same technique used in the Mitered Squares Baby Blanket that I made last summer. It's what my grandmother and my Auntie always used when making their famous ripple or zig-zag afghans too!

If you need a refresher on how to work in the back loop only, you can view my single crochet video tutorial and patiently sit through about the first 4 minutes. Then you'll see a quick demonstration of working in the front loop and working in the back loop of a stitch for crocheting.

Happy Stitching!


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6 Comments:

  • I was wondering if the Peaches and Cream cotton would be strong enough to make a market bag. What do you think? That might help use up that cone some. I keep thinking about buying a cone every time I see one but I keep wondering if I could use it all up within a reasonable amount of time.

    By Blogger Quietspirit, At April 20, 2009 at 2:57 PM  

  • Definitely the Peaches'n Cream or Sugar'n Cream cotton would be strong enough for a market bag! Many years ago, I was on a 'crocheted bag' kick with this cotton yarn and made all kinds of fun bags for our local school fairs. I think every kid in town had one!

    I love using the yarn from the cone. No worries about running out in the middle of a cloth. And so far, not even one knot in the yarn from where they add a new piece at the factory. Boy does that ever make me mad!

    Anyway, thanks for getting me thinking again about bags...that might just be my next 'thing'!

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At April 20, 2009 at 3:05 PM  

  • Oh I love that one, great yarn!!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At April 20, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

  • A couple of months ago I found several of the cones at Wal-Mart for $5.50 each.

    BTW, I love your site. I am just starting to crochet and you are so helpful!

    By Blogger Penny, At October 31, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

  • I'm not sure how to do the single crochet around the edge. I have only seen videos on how to do the single crochet around double crochet post. I know you're busy with school but I'm not in a hurry for suggestions. :)

    By Blogger Holly Hawkes, At September 22, 2012 at 9:09 PM  

  • Hi Holly Hawkes! I hope you see this comment here since I had no contact information for you! Anyway, to do single crochet around the edge of a single crochet washcloth, just work a single crochet into each stitch across the top and bottom and into the ends of each row on both sides. At each of the four corners, work 3 single crochets.

    Single crochet is such a small stitch and doesn't really form a post, so all the post stitches I've ever seen have been around half double or taller stitches, but never around a single crochet.

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At September 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM  

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