czwartek, 5 września 2013

Block Stitch Cleaning Cloths

I avoid the dreaded DISHCLOTH word! But they do make nice dishcloths of course, and are super easy to make. This stitch is also great for scarves and market bags.

I usually use a slightly bigger hook, because my hands get easily numb, but this time I tried this nice hook with thick rubber handle and it worked well.

hook G - 4.25 mm
worsted weight cotton
Stitches and abbreviations:
st, sts-stitch, stitches
sc-single crochet
dc-double crochet
beg ch-beginning chain, in this case it's a ch 3 at the beginning of each row ( it counts as a dc in our stitch count here)

chain 33
Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next ch, *ch 1, skip next ch st, dc in each of next 3 ch sts * repeat to the end of row [8 3dc groups, 7 ch1 spaces]

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, sc in same st (counts as one sc), ch2, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch3, sc in next ch1 sp* 6 times, ch2, sc on top of beg ch [9 sc, 6 ch3 spaces, 2 ch2 spaces]

Row 3: ch3 and turn, 2 dc in next ch2 sp, *ch1, 3dc in next ch 3 sp*  6 times, ch1, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, dc in last sc st [8 3dc groups, 7 ch1 spaces]

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern. End when your cloth as close to square shape as possible. Fasten off, or add a sc border. I like the sc all around, because they seem to make the cloth it's shape better.

It's very easy to make your cloth wider-just add 4 more chains for every additional "block".
And that's what happens when you use three colors and change them every row:

Some pictures that might be helpful:
First group of 3dc at Row 1:

Row 1 - finished:

 Beginning of Row 2- ch1, sc in same st:

Row 2 finished, with last sc on top od beg ch3:

Row 3 finished, with last dc on top of sc from previous row:

 Dear Watson and Lawrence Littlelog enjoying warm sunshine:

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