Saturday, September 5, 2009

Alwine's Dishcloth

This pattern is named after my maternal grandmother Alwine Nauert Goerdel (pronounced Alween). She just recently passed away. I have so many fond memories of her. She taught me how to sew and cook. She sewed lots of clothes for my sisters and I. My favorite dress was a bright multi-colored polka-dot fabric that I chose myself. I had my third grade school picture made in it. I loved that dress. Granny worked as a seamstress for many years until she retired. She was also a farmer's wife. She was such a good cook. She was famous for her homemade pies. No one could reproduce her pie crust. To this day no one can. I miss her terribly. Guess I'll just get out my crock pot and make a batch of her sauerkraut soup - her own original recipe of course.

SKILL  LEVEL:                   

1 oz. Worsted weight cotton
Crochet hook size H/5.0mm

8” square after blocking

Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sl St = slip stitch
Tch = turning chain


Ch 27.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (26 sc)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) , *skip next sc, 1 dc in next 3 sc, yo, with hook in front of work, go back and insert hook from front to back into skipped st before the 3-dc group; loosely draw through a loop and bring it up to the height of the 3-dc group; yo and complete dc; rep from * across, end dc in last st. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in each dc across including tch. Turn. (26 sc)

Rows 4 - 17: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending with Row 3. Do not fasten off.

Work 2 more sc in last st (corner st made) (this will make a 3 sc corner), work a row of sc evenly across side of cloth to corner st, in corner st work 3 sc, work 1 sc in each ch across foundation ch of cloth, in next corner work 3 sc, work a row of sc evenly across side of cloth to corner st, in corner st work 2 more sc (there is already 1 sc present), join with sl st or *invisible join to beg sc. Fasten off.

Another Rnd. of sc in a complementary color may be added, if desired, to mimic photo. 

*For instructions on invisible join, see Tutorial Page in Melinda Miller Designs Ravelry Group.

Copyright - The pattern and photo are copyright 2013 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)


  1. Hello

    Great crochet blog! Lots of yummy patterns...

    I read the header and I feel obligated to inform you that a raw vegan diet can help you with your autoimmune disorders... generally these are caused by permeable intestine and going raw vegan will help make your body healthy.


  2. I enjoyed reading about your memories of your grandmother. I never knew my grandparents and love to hear about other wonderful people and this special relationship.

  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of your grandmother; I lost mine back in the 1970's. She also was a farmer's wife and a very good cook. I miss her and her homemade wild plum jelly the most. Time (and crocheting) will help ease your loss.


  4. I realize this is an older post but...I have a question. Mine is slanting to the right...what am I doing wrong??

    1. It sounds as if you may not be stitching directly above each previous stitch on the rows below. When you turn; be sure you align your stitches with the ones below. I had the same thing happen to me because I wasn’t lining up my stitches correctly. Row 3 - When you turn your work, be sure that you sc into the very first dc and the very last turning chain. You should have 26 stitches on that row. On Row 2 – you will skip the first sc after you ch-3, then dc in next 3 sts. It is imperative that your stitches are all lined up correctly, or your fabric will slant. Hope this will help you some. :)