Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CAL - Dishcloth #5

Today's dishcloth was chosen by Mod Terry. 

Terry is a Mod in my Ravelry group and she has been happily hooking for 30 years. She - and her entire 6th grade class - learned how to crochet from the teacher's aide, Clara. Clara must have been blessed with an abundance of patience. I just can't imagine my 6th grade class learning to crochet. 

Cascade Yarns is her go to yarn at the moment, but she's definitely in love with ALL yarn. Her favorite project is her very first one - a granny square afghan she made for her son. She really struggled to learn how to make granny squares, but her persistence paid off and now she can't seem to stop. 

While Terry is stitching, she likes to catch up on PBS Masterpiece segments, listen to books, and sometimes just enjoy the silence...if available.

Freeform crochet has always appealed to her, but she's a little hesitant to try it. You can do it, Terry!  Just remember how intimidating those grannies used to be, and look where you are now. :)

Terry's crochet tip:
"As much as I dislike counting stitches, I highly recommend it."

Here is Terry's choice for today's dishcloth:

Since this is a pattern that has already been published, I'll direct you to the original pattern page. 

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Monday, April 23, 2018

CAL - Dishcloth #4


Good Monday morning everyone. I hope you had a great weekend with some yarn on your hook. We are starting our second week of the Spring Cleaning Dishcloth CAL, and I hope you are all caught up.

Today’s dishcloth is a little involved – but well worth the time and effort. We will use the Grit Stitch, which is comprised of a combination of the single crochet and double crochet stitches. This makes for a scrubby texture – much like the name “grit” sounds.

With its unique construction, you will thoroughly enjoy working each step and seeing how it all comes together. I used 3 colors, but you can use as few as 2 or as many as you like. Make several of these cloths with different color schemes, and see how different they each look.

This is definitely “not your ordinary” Octagon Dishcloth!




MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

ANY WORSTED
 WEIGHT COTTON
I USED CRAFTER’S SECRET

 A: VINTAGE GREEN 54
 B: MANGO 58
 C: YELLOW 43

CROCHET HOOK SIZE I / 5.5 mm
TAPESTRY NEEDLE
STITCH MARKER

SIZE AFTER BLOCKING:
9” X 9”

ABBREVIATIONS:    
Beg = beginning
Begdc = beginning double crochet
Ch/s = chain/s
Dc= double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Hk = hook
Lp/s = loop/s
Pat = pattern
Rep = repeat
RS = right side of fabric
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip
Sl St = slip stitch
SM = stitch marker
St/s = stitch/es
WS = wrong side of fabric
Yo = yarn over


SPECIAL STITCHES:

Sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together:  (Work a sc into next st leaving the last lp on hk) twice, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hk. Counts as 1 sc.

Sc3tog - single crochet 3 stitches together: (Work a sc into next st leaving the last lp on hk) 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 lps on hk. Counts as 1 sc.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES:   

Changing Colors: To change color in last st, complete last st until 2 lps left on hk, drop current color, pick up new color, yo and draw through both lps.

 


INSTRUCTIONS

SECTION ONE:

This section is worked in one piece, changing colors at the end of rows. It might help to place a SM on the RS for future reference.

Odd rows are RS – even rows are WS.

Row 1: With A ch 12, working in back bumps of chs, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 2: [(Sc, dc) in first st, sk next st] to last st, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.

Rows 3 - 8: Rep Row 2. Change to Color B in last st of Row 8.

Row 9: Sc in first and each st to end, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Rows 10 - 16: Rep Row 2, changing to Color A in last st.

Row 17: Rep Row 9.

Rows 18 – 24: Rep Row 2 and finish off.

Weave in ends.



SECTION TWO:

Row 1: With RS facing, rotate cloth as shown below and join A with sc where indicated in photo.





Work 10 more sc evenly across the vertical edge of Color B as shown below. (11 sc)




Rows 2 – 8: Rep Row 2 as in Section One. Finish off.

Rotate piece to other vertical side of Color B and rep Rows 1 – 8 as above. Finish off.

Now your piece will look like a plus sign.




SECTION THREE:


The next section consists of working inserts to create an octagon.

Row 1: With RS facing, rotate piece as shown below and join Color C with a sc where indicated. Work 6 more sc down the edge (total of 7 sc on first edge), place 1 sc in center where all 3 colors meet, and work 7 sc up the next edge, ch 1, turn.




Row 2: Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc3tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 3: Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc3tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (7 sc)

Row 4: Sc2tog, sc3tog, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (3 sc)

To finish, sk the first sc2tog and the sc3tog, sl st into the 2nd sc2tog, finish off, weave ends.




This makes a straight edge to shape the octagon.



Repeat for all inserts. Your octagon is taking shape!

SECTION FOUR:

Border

Rnd. 1: With RS facing, join Color C with sc to the right-hand st of any Color A section, (hdc, sc) in same st – corner made, [sc in next 9 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in last st on Color A – corner made, work 9 sc evenly  across Color C section, (sc, hdc, sc) in next Color A st – corner made] around omitting last 3 corner sts, join with sl st to beg sc, finish off.





Rnd. 2: Join Color B with sl st in any corner hdc, ch 1 (does not count as a st), 3 hdc in same st, work 1 hdc in each sc and 3 hdc in each corner hdc around, join with sl st to beg hdc, finish off, weave in ends.





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You can CAL with me here, or for more personal interactions with like-minded souls, visit me here:

Ravelry: Melinda Miller Designs on Ravelry 
Facebook: Crochet Time with Melinda Miller Designs
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