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)
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.
ch 1 (not counted as a stitch) turn work dc 2 tc into the chain at the base of the turning chain .*miss 2 ch, dc 2 tc in the next chain*
repeat * to * until 3 ch left, 1 dc in the last stitch. Ch 1.
The chains can sometimes be a little difficult to see but 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.
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!