Saturday, March 17, 2012

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn

A simple crocheted washcloth is a basic project this is gratifying because it is quick, inexpensive and something you can use everyday.

This is a great project for beginners.  If you know the fundamentals of crocheting then you can make a pile of these in no time.  

It’s also an easy distraction for more experienced crocheters . . . like myself.  I work on these uncomplicated washcloths while I’m watching television or riding along in the car.

As you become more adept at making these you can easily develop your own patterns with more complex stitches while using this pattern as a template.

Basic Single Crochet Dishcloth

2 ounces worsted weight cotton yarn, any color
Size G crochet hook

Finished size 10 1/2 inches x 9 1/2 inches

It doesn’t matter if yours ends up smaller or larger.  It’s just a dishcloth. Any size is fine.

To start:
Leave about a six inch length of yarn before the first loop of your starting chain. Leave this length hanging while you are crocheting the dishcloth. You will weave this length in when the dishcloth is finished. (This is a good way to secure the end so it won't unravel.)

This link will take you to step-by-step photos for how to make a starting chain.

Starting chain: chain 36.
Note: At the end of each row, you will chain 1, then turn the work around to start the next row.
Row 1: Single crochet in the second chain from the hook, single crochet in each chain across. (35 single crochet)
Row 2: Single crochet in each single crochet across. (35 single crochet)
Rows 3 - 38: Repeat row 2.
End off, leaving a length of about 6 inches to weave in. Weave in the ends, using a large-eye yarn needle.

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