Monday, 11 August 2014

Crochet a Dishcloth

It's been a while but I'm back!  I recently developed another dishcloth pattern but this time instead of knitting I thought I would design a pattern for all the crochet lovers out there.

The pattern itself is very easy to do and definitely one that a person new to crocheting could do.  I've also provided the pattern with two different edges.  My personal preference is to end it with a backwards single crochet, but a single crochet in each stitch and row will also work.




Things you will need:
Size 5 crochet hook
50 gr ball of crochet cotton (you can find them just about everywhere.  They're the small balls.)

Ch 42

Row 1: Sc in 4th ch from the hook.  *Ch 1, skip a ch, sc in next ch.*  Repeat from * to * until the end of the chain.  Ch 2, turn. (20 sc)

Row 2: Sc in the ch 1 space.  *Ch 1, sc in next ch 1 space.*  Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.  Sc in the ch 4 space from the beginning chain.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: Sc in the ch 1 space.  *Ch 1, sc in next ch 1 space.*  Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.  Sc in the ch 2 space from the beginning chain.  Ch 2, turn.

Repeat row 3 until the dishcloth is square or the desired length.

Edging:

Single Crochet (White dishcloth):

Row 1: Sc in each row along the left edge of the dishcloth.  3 sc in the corner st.  1 sc in each sc along bottom edge.  3 sc in corner st.  Sc in each row along the right edge of the dishcloth.  3 sc in the corner st.  1 sc in each sc along top edge.  Finish off.



Backwards Single Crochet (Purple dishcloth):

Row 1: Complete 1 bsc (backwards single crochet) in every 2nd stitch of the row you just made. 1 bsc in the corner st.  1 bsc in every 2nd row along the right edge of the dishcloth.  1 bsc in the corner st.  1 bsc in every 2nd st along the bottom edge of the dishcloth.  1 bsc in the corner st.  1 bsc in every 2nd row along the left edge. 1 bsc in the corner st.  Finish off.

How to do a bsc (backwards single crochet):

Instead of working from right to left in regular crochet (if you're right handed), you're going to work from left to right.

Step 1:  Insert the hook from front to back in the next st.
 
Step 2: Hook the yarn and draw the loop through the front of your work.
 
Step 3:  Hook the yarn and draw through the two loops.  Pretty simple, huh?















You can adjust the size as you see fit.  I prefer a smaller dishcloth but you may like it larger.  You can either add more chains at the start of the cloth or you can make more rows  Either way will work but remember to buy more yarn if you want it larger.