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Sunday, July 5, 2009

More Crocheted Red, White and Blue

In honor of our country's birthday, and because I can't seem to get enough of crocheting these cotton dishcloths, here is my patriotic version of the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth.

I'll call it Cleaning Up in Red, White and Blue...

Red, White and Blue Tunisian Short Row DishclothThis self striping yarn is so unpredictable when used for these Tunisian Short Row dishcloths, and I would guess when used in any other kind of project too. That's the fun of using them!

This dishcloth was crocheted with a starting chain of 17, which I have found makes just about the perfect size cloth. Those made with only 15 to begin seemed just a bit too small for my liking, and I'm not quite sure one ball of cotton would be enough to finish one starting with 18, although I have not yet tried that. Perhaps I should next time I'm looking for a quick little project.

Red, White and Blue Tunisian Short Row DishclothThis cotton yarn is a Sugar 'n Cream self striping 2 ounce ball in a color appropriately called American Stripes. I really like the way the blue and red are not completely solid, but show a little bit of the white. I think that gives the crocheted fabric more of a casual denim type look to it.

Speaking of denim, I still have piles of old jeans to recycle and that is going to be my project this summer, if we ever get that too-hot-and-humid-to-do-anything-productive kind of weather that New England is famous for. So far we've been lucky with cool weather, especially considering I had to get that Sweet Liberty afghan finished on time! But I know the uncomfortable weather will be here at some point, and I am always so grateful that my sewing room is in the cool basement and I can enjoy lots of productive sewing time down there while staying cool and not so cranky at the same time. What good planning that was!

So I'll work on more aprons and clothes pin bags and anything else I might dream up to make use of all that cozy, broken-in, sturdy, useful denim that was destined for the trash.

What are your plans for handwork in the hot weather?

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hey Mary Grace!
    I love the red, white, and blue! I'm like you...can't get enough of the short row cloth...in fact, I just taught a friend how to make this very cloth last night...she really likes the tunisian crochet! I started another one too!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry Thornsburg, At July 6, 2009 at 10:00 PM  

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