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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dishcloth Diary

Dishcloth or Washcloth
Cloths are crocheted in a seed stitch, 
to create a nubby texture for gentle scrubbing. 
As a dishcloth it is designed with a loop for hanging discretely out of sight in the dishwasher when not in use or hang it in the dishwasher to dry. You may also leave it  hanging in the dishwasher, making sure to keep it well away from the soap dispenser and moving parts, while dishwasher is running to wash and sterilize the dishcloth.

As a washcloth, texture gently massages skin to give to give a squeaky clean tingle. Hang in shower to dry. Machine wash and dry with towels.

To make these I used Peaches and Creme, WW Crochet Cotton, about 2.5 oz. and a Size I- 9 Susan Bates hook

Special stitches
Seed Stitch pattern: sc in first 3 sc, begin pattern, insert hook in next st, pull loop through, holding back loop on hook, ch 3, pull yarn through both loops on hook to complete sc, sc in next stitch. Work pattern across row to last 3 sts, sc in last 3 sts.

Start: chain 8, join to first ch, to form loop, ch 1, 10 sc in loop, join in first sc.  Do not end off.
Row 1. ch about 9 inches ( 28 to 34 stitches) or for desired width.
Row 2. sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch back to loop, ch 1, turn on every row.
Row 3. sc in each sc across row.
Row 4. Start pattern. Sc in first 3 sts, (*seed st in next st, sc in next st;) across row to last 3 sts. Sc in last 3 sts.  (You will always sc in the first 3 sts and the last 3 sts on each row to create border.)
Row 5 - 25 or to desired length of cloth, Work border sts and seed st pattern across row, pushing all ch 3 loops to right side of cloth.
When desired length is obtained, sc across 2 full rows, end off yarn, work in end.

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