Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Nelda's Dishcloth

Here's a pattern named after my mother. She is my best friend. She taught me how to cook and I still love to cook today. Mama always fed us a good hot breakfast every morning before school. She would let us drink coffee with lots of milk and sugar added. I still love to drink coffee, just no sugar and not as much cream. I guess you could say we had a little coffee with our milk. :) 

One April Fool's Day, my brother Steven switched the sugar and salt. We ended up putting salt in our coffee. Yuck!! Mama made him sit at the table and drink our salted coffees! (I don't think he ever did. He probably just sat there and took a sip out of each cup.) What a trickster.

One time, mama was washing the dishes. Steven and I wanted to tape record her fussing at us. Don't ask me why - maybe in our childish way  we thought we could blackmail her in some way. Give us candy or we'll play this recording for grandma! The silly thoughts of kids. lol  Steven had the tape recorder on, hiding around the corner, and I was saying all kinds of things to try to make her mad. Finally, she did get mad. She flung her wet, soapy hands and said, "I'm so mad I could dance a jig!" THEN SHE DID!!!!!! Steven and I forgot all about the tape recorder and our secret mission, and we were all laughing and dancing. 

What a fun memory. I think of this incident often when times are hard. Instead of letting things get the best of me, I just dance a mental jig and laugh. What a spirit booster. Try it - it works. 

Love you mama!
Happy Hooking!

Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn - I used Crafter’s Secret
Color A: Yellow (43)
Color B: Vintage Green (54)
Crochet hook size I/5.5mm
Tapestry needle

9” square 

Ch/s = chain/s               
Dc = double crochet        
Hk = hook                        
Lp = loop                          
Rep = repeat                    
RS = right side                 
Sc = single crochet 
Sk = skip  
Sl St = slip stitch   
Sp = space 
St/s = stitch/es   
WS = wrong side      

Special Stitches:  
Shell: 5 dc in same st. 

Tutorial for Beginning Stitches: No More Turning Chains!

Row 1: (RS) Ch 28, working in back ridges of chs, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn.
(27 sc)

Row 2: (WS) Begdc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, [sk 2 sts, Shell in next st, ch 2, sk 3 sts, dc in next
5 sts] to end, turn. (2 Shells, 15 dc, 2 ch-2)

Row 3: Begdc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, [sk ch-2, Shell in next dc, ch 2, sk next 4 dc of Shell, dc in next 5 sts] to end, turn. (2 Shells, 15 dc, 2 ch-2)

Rows 4 – 12: Rep Row 3.

Row 13: (RS) Begdc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, [ch 3, sc in 3rd dc next Shell, ch 2, sk next 2 dc of same Shell, dc in next 5 dc] to end, ch 1, turn. DO NOT FINISH OFF – DO NOT TURN.  (15 dc, 2 sc, 2 ch-3, 2 ch-2)


Rnd. 1: Ch 1, 3 sc in corner – corner made, 25 sc evenly along side, 3 sc around corner in next
st – corner made, sc in next 25 sts, 3 sc in next st – corner made, 25 sc evenly along side, 3 sc around corner in next st – corner made, sc in next 4 dc, (3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next 5 dc) twice omitting last sc, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off. (25 sc per side, 3 sc per corner)

Rnd. 2: With RS facing, join B with sc to any sc, work 1 sc in each st around, placing (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner st. Finish off, weave in ends, block. (27 sc per side, 3 sts per corner)

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the patterns. I am going to try to make this one and use the finished dishcloth for a door prize at our garden club. Thank you again.