I sat one night playing with Rico Creative aran print cotton to make a dishcloth. I had thought I would do a c2c pattern but as I started it I decided it wasn't quite right. So I faffed around a bit and came up with this. I am definitely not claiming this as my design though:) It is the simplest of designs and I am sure it will be out there somewhere.
It is a very simple variation on a granny stripe but gives a great texture and interesting design. I used the recommended hook for the cotton as I have quite tight tension. If you are a loose crocheter I would be tempted to go down a hook size to give a firmer texture.
To start with your chain should be a multiple of 3 plus 2.
I chained 38 for this cloth. (it measures approx 81/2 inches)
UK terms...dc in the second ch from the hook
*miss 2 ch and dc 2 tc* in the next chain.
continue along the chain * to * until 3 chain left miss 2 ch and dc in the last ch.
image 1 - ch 1 (not counted as a stitch)
image 2 - turn work dc 2 tc into the chain at the base of the turning chain 1
*miss 2 ch, dc 2 tc in the next chain*
repeat * to * until 3 ch left, 1 dc in the last stitch. Ch 1. This can be hard to find after the first row but if you look at the first image you can get an idea of where to find it.
The chains can sometimes be a little difficult to see but as a pointer you can see in the image below there is a small gap where you need to put your hook.
Continue to grow your cloth until you have a square. This is easy to check as you fold it corner to corner and they match up when the square is achieved.
I found it very satisfying as it grows quickly and flows well.
I changed colour randomly but you could just make it in one of the variegated shades or co ordinate a variegated shade with a plain shade.
You could finish there but I added a border.
First dc in each chain with 3 dc in the corners. Down the sides I made a dc in the last stitch at the end of each row.
For the next next round I made a hdc in each chain with three in each corner.
I then finished with a final round of dc.
I got two dishcloths out of two balls.
I made this up as I went along and then made another one to ensure it worked. I hope you manage to decipher my instructions and create a washcloth/dishcloth. Let me know if there are any errors or if anything doesn't make sense though.
It is a perfect project to coincide with the 10% off all cotton yarns this month! Use code lovecotton at checkout.
They are a great quick and easy summer project. They would be lovely to make as gifts.
A few nicely coordinated face cloths and I would look on folksy, Etsy or intsgram to find a small business to get a handmade bar of soap, make a couple of crochet face scrubbies, perhaps some face cream or lip salve, or both, add some lovely packaging, a ribbon and a nice tag and you have a beautiful Christmas present!
Christmas presents in the summer!
Get ahead, Get hooking!