Poor little dishcloths

My crocheted dish cloths are the most loved and the most abused of all my crafting creations.

Before…..

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After…. (I was kind to viewers and washed them first before photographing them):

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Now my faded and worn crochet dishcloths say a couple of things to me: 1. I do a lot of cleaning …. sigh; and 2. These are amazing little work horses.  While the colour may fade after a ton of cycles in the washer, the cotton doesn’t fray and the stitches hold their shape.  I’ve even had mine stuck in the garburator but that poor thing did land itself in the garbage bin after that incident.

The above cloths were made alternating rows of single and double crochet.  I’ve tweaked that a little and below is now my standard dishcloth and washcloth pattern using Bernat Handicrafter cotton:

Using size H hook, chain 26

Row 1: 1 sc in the 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc, [1 sc, 1 hdc] repeat [ ] until one stitch left, 1 sc;
Row 2: Ch 2, 1 hdc in 3rd chain from hook, 1 sc, [1 hdc, 1 sc] repeat [ ] until last stitch, 1 hdc;
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc [1 sc, 1 hdc] repeat [ ] until last stitch, 1 sc;

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern until fabric makes a square.  Weave in ends.

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Above is Bernat’s Handicrafter cotton in Earth Ombre.  The light, concrete colour blue adds some coolness to the warm browns  – this is my favourite of Bernat’s variegated cotton yarn.

I love to give these as house-warming gifts or  as part of a spa gift.  If you’re ever in a pinch for a quick crochet project, these are easy, versatile and a stash buster!

Happy crochet!

 

To Crochet Infinity and Beyond

The Infinity Scarf ~ A Wardrobe Essential

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE infinity scarves! I have a ton of them in a variety of different fabrics – crocheted, knit, silk, linen, wool, cotton etc.

I have one for every season as there is never a wrong time or place for an infinity scarf. On a late summer evening, once the sun goes down with a little wind rustling, a light scarf adds warmth and comfort on the patio.  In the worst, spine numbing cold a thick, wool infinity scarf can block out chilling winds keeping your neck and chest area toasty warm.

I recently made these two crocheted infinity scarves for a very happy customer.  These two wrap three times around for a super cozy look and feel.

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Both are made with an acrylic/wool blend in a simple pattern  of double crochet stitches into the back loops to add a ridged texture.  The scarf is crocheted in the round for as many rows as you want for the desired width.

I am currently working on putting the pattern on paper, or I should say Word file, so I can share with you all.  Stay tuned!!!