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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Correction on Magic Number for Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth

Back in March, I experimented with the original pattern for the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth. I was looking for the largest number to use for the beginning chain so as to use up as much of a 2 ounce ball of cotton as possible without running out of yarn.

I thought 17 was it since there seemed to be so little left after my experiment that I was sure adding another stitch, which would mean 6 more long rows on the dishcloth, would surely cause me to run out of yarn. I was also quite satisfied with the size of the larger cloth compared to the original size cloth I had made at first.

But I decided to give it one more try, using this Sugar 'n Cream cotton called Baby Stripes. I love using the self-striping yarn on these cloths. The color patterns are always fun and different for each one.

Baby Stripes Tunisian Short Row DishclothDon't you just love how the color sections make the design on the cloth so much more interesting?

Baby Stripes Tunisian Short Row DishclothSo here it is, the latest version of the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth, made with a beginning chain of 18. This cloth is a full 11 inches across at its widest point which is a very generous size for a wash cloth.

Baby Stripes Tunisian Short Row DishclothI had enough yarn to work the first round of single crochet on the border, and then one round of reverse single crochet to finish off the edge nicely. When that was complete, there were only about 2 yards of yarn leftover. I'd say that is about as close as it gets for using up but not running out of a 2 ounce ball of yarn!

So now I stand corrected. 18 is the new magic number for me, using a size K hook and a 2 ounce ball of cotton. You may get different results because of your tension, hook size and choice of yarn. The solid colors are usually 1/2 ounce larger than the variegated or self-striping, and other brands may be different as well.

I think this one will be sent off to my niece who is expecting her first baby very shortly. Wouldn't this be lovely as part of a gift basket with all kinds of bath things for a new baby? Think about giving it a try for the next little bundle of joy coming into your life.

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hey Mary Grace!
    I love the baby stripes! I think I've only made this with the J afghan hook...LOL! They are so fun, aren't they? One fun thing I do, is to weave some ribbon around the edge and place a small soap in the center for a gift!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry Thornsburg, At July 8, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

  • Fabulous washcloth! Whether for the bath or kitchen, these crocheted or knitted cotton cloths are the best! I love the colors in your cloth too.

    By Blogger Rumi, At July 8, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

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