Monday, April 30, 2018

CAL - Dishcloth #7

Today's dishcloth is named after my Aunt Carolyn. My dad had two younger sisters, and Carolyn was the older of the two. She grew up to marry my Uncle Dale, and they had six children. There were five kids in my family, so when we all got together, there was never a quiet moment. Aunt Carolyn had a green thumb and always gave us cuttings of whatever she was growing at the time. She was a great cook - especially using her garden bounty, and her house always smelled yummy. She even operated her own little donut shop for many years - which was a favorite stop among the truckers.


 
MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

ANY WORSTED WEIGHT COTTON
I USED HOBBY LOBBY CRAFTER’S SECRET

A: IVORY 02
B: MANGO 58
C: ROSE QUARTZ 16
        
CROCHET HOOK SIZE I / 5.5 mm
TAPESTRY NEEDLE

ABBREVIATIONS:
Beg = beginning
Begdc = beginning double crochet
Bet = between
Ch/s = chain/s
Dc= double crochet
Hk = hook
Lp/s = loop/s
Pat = pattern
Prev = previous
Rep = repeat
RS = right side of fabric
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip
Sl St = slip stitch
Sp/s = space/s
St/s = stitch/es
Tr = treble crochet
WS = wrong side of fabric
Yo = yarn over
 
SIZE AFTER BLOCKING:
9” X 9”

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together:  (Work a sc into next st leaving the last lp on hk) twice, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hk. Counts as 1 sc.

Sc3tog - single crochet 3 stitches together: (Work a sc into next st leaving the last lp on hk) 3 times, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hk. Counts as 1 sc.

Tr2tog  - treble crochet 2 stitches together: (Work a tr into next st leaving the last lp on hk) twice, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hk. Counts as 1 st.

Tr3tog - treble crochet 3 stitches together: (Work a tr into next st leaving the last lp on hk) 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 lps on hk. Counts as 1 st.

BegShell – (Begdc, dc) in same st.

Shell: 3 dc in same st/sp.

EndShell – 2 dc in same st.


The Begdc can be replaced with 3 chains.
Tutorial for Begdc: NO MORE TURNING CHAINS!
 

INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1: (RS) With A ch 26, working in back bumps of chs, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, ch 1, turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: (WS) Sc in first st, [hdc in next st, dc in next st, 3 tr in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st] to end, finish off, turn.

Row 3: Join B with sl st to first st, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts, [sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts] to end omitting last sc3tog, sc2tog over last 2 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc2tog over first 2 sts, [sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next
2 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts] to end omitting last sc3tog, sc2tog over last
2 sts, finish off, turn.

Row 5: Join A with sl st to first st, ch 3, tr in next st, [dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, tr3tog over next 3 sts] to end omitting last tr3tog, tr2tog over last 2 sts, finish off, turn.

Row 6: Join C with sl st to first st, BegShell in same st, sk next 2 sts, [Shell in next st, sk next 2 sts] to last st, EndShell in last st, turn.
(7 Shells, 1 BegShell, 1 EndShell)

Row 7: Begdc in first st, Shell in bet EndShell and next Shell, [Shell bet prev and next Shell] to end, dc in last st, turn. (8 Shells, 2 dc)

Row 8: BegShell in first st  [Shell in bet next 2 Shells]  to end, EndShell in last st, turn. (7 Shells, 1 BegShell, 1 EndShell)

Rows 9 – 16: Rep Rows 7 and 8. Finish off after Row 16 – end on WS.

BORDER

Rnd. 1: With RS facing, join B with sc to the top right dc of last row just made, (hdc, sc) in same st, sc in next 23 dc, (sc, hdc, sc) in last dc of row.

Rotate cloth to work on vertical side, work 23 sc evenly across this side.

Rotate cloth to work on bottom of beg chs, (sc, hdc, sc) in first ch, sc in next 23 chs, (sc, hdc, sc) in last ch of foundation chs.

Rotate cloth to work on vertical side, work 23 sc evenly across this side, join with sl st to beg sc.

Rnd. 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), hdc in same st, work 3 hdc in each corner hdc and 1 hdc in each sc around, join with sl st to beg hdc. Finish off.

Weave in all ends.

© 2018 Melinda Miller – All rights reserved  
               
If you'd like a tidy copy of this pattern in PDF form to save on your computer or in your Ravelry Library, you can purchase it here for only $1.99:  Carolyn's Dishcloth

For the entire collection of 13 dishcloths, I have an e-Book available to purchase for $4.98. If you are a Ravelry member, it will automatically be added to your Library. Check it out here:  Spring Cleaning Dishcloth CAL 2018 - Ebook.


You can CAL with me here, or for more personal interactions with like-minded souls, visit me here:


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Thursday, April 26, 2018

CAL - Dishcloth #6


Today’s dishcloth is designed in honor of my Aunt Margaret. The pattern incorporates some fun special stitches and definitely reminds me of her. She was such a fun person to be around, and I imagine that if she had ever crocheted, she would have been a crochet renegade. No ordinary stitches for her. Let’s cross a few this way and cross a few that way! That’s the Margaret I know and love.

I spent so many fun filled hours over the years with Aunt Margaret. She was my mom’s younger and only sibling. She was such a cool Aunt. For hours on end we played all sorts of card games. Uno, Rummy, 21, Spoons, and Killer – just to name a few. She had an infectious laugh, and you couldn’t help but join in. I always remember her with a great big smile. I hope you like your dishcloth, Aunt Margaret. We crocheted outside the lines for you.


MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

ANY WORSTED WEIGHT COTTON
I USED HOBBY LOBBY CRAFTER’S SECRET

A: OCEAN 60
B: SPA BLUE 14

CROCHET HOOK SIZE I / 5.5 mm
TAPESTRY NEEDLE

SIZE AFTER BLOCKING:
9” X 9”
ABBREVIATIONS:    

Beg = beginning
Begdc = beginning double crochet
Ch/s = chain/s
Dc= double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Hk = hook
Lp/s = loop/s
Rem = remains
Rep = repeat
RS = right side
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip/skipped
Sl St = slip stitch
Sp/s = space/s
St/s = stitch/es
Tr = treble crochet
WS = wrong side
Yo = yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Cr3R (Cross3Right) – sk next 2 sc, tr into next sc, working behind last tr work 1 dc into each of 2 sk sc.

Cr3L (Cross3Left) – sk next sc, dc into each of next 2 sc, working in front of last 2 dc work 1 tr into sk sc.

Cl (Cluster) – Work 3 dc in same st until last lp of each rem on hk, (4 lps on hk), yo and draw through all 4 lps.

The Begdc can be replaced with 3 chains.
Tutorial for Begdc:   NO MORE TURNING CHAINS!

INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1: (WS) With A ch 26, working in back bumps of chs, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn.  (25 sc)

Row 2: (RS) Begdc in first st, [Cr3R, dc in next st, Cr3L, dc in next st] to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: (WS) Sc in first st and in each st to end, turn. (25 sc)

Row 4: (RS) Begdc in first st, [ch 1, sk next st, Cl in next st, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st] to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: (WS) Sc in first dc, [sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in top of next Cl, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next dc] to end, turn. (25 sc)

Rep Rows 2 – 5 (3 times more)
Rep Rows 2 – 3 (once more), ch 1, turn. Do not finish off, continue to Border.

BORDER

Rnd. 1: (RS) (Sc, hdc, sc) in first st, sc in next 23 sc, (sc, hdc, sc) in last st of row.

Rotate cloth to work on vertical side, work 23 sc evenly across this side.

Rotate cloth to work on bottom of beg chs, (sc, hdc, sc) in first ch, sc in next 23 chs, (sc, hdc, sc) in last ch of foundation chs.

Rotate cloth to work on vertical side, work 23 sc evenly across this side, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off.

Rnd. 2: Join B with sl st to any side st, ch 3 (counts as dc), work 1 dc in each st around and 5 dc in each corner hdc. Finish off, weave in ends.

© 2018 Melinda Miller – All rights reserved 

If you'd like a tidy copy of this pattern in PDF form to save on your computer or in your Ravelry Library, you can purchase it here for only $1.99: Margaret's Dishcloth

For the entire collection of 13 dishcloths, I have an e-Book available to purchase for $4.98. If you are a Ravelry member, it will automatically be added to your Library. Check it out here:  Spring Cleaning Dishcloth CAL 2018 - Ebook.

You can CAL with me here, or for more personal interactions with like-minded souls, visit me here:

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I'm Published - Crochet Now Magazine

Here's a look at my new design - the Over Under Throw. 



This design is published in Crochet Now Magazine, Issue 27 - on sale now. It's a UK based publication, so all of my overseas friends have easy access to it. I'm sure that it is easily available to everyone - just might take a tad longer to receive it. I do have to say that, with my recent experience with overseas shipping, it only takes a matter of days. So not a problem in my book!

It is whimsical, bright, colorful, and just makes me smile. It's easy to make, and a great portable project. The border will require a little more attention when working, but the result is well worth the detail. 

I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice:
6 skeins in Linen, and 1 skein each in Cranberry, Rust, Lemon, Fern, Sky Blue, Electric Blue, and Periwinkle. 

I'd love to see this worked up in different color schemes, too. So many different possibilities with color! Have fun with this one, and be sure to show off your very own version of the Over Under Throw.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CAL - Dishcloth #5

Today's dishcloth was chosen by Mod Terry. 

Terry is a Mod in my Ravelry group and she has been happily hooking for 30 years. She - and her entire 6th grade class - learned how to crochet from the teacher's aide, Clara. Clara must have been blessed with an abundance of patience. I just can't imagine my 6th grade class learning to crochet. 

Cascade Yarns is her go to yarn at the moment, but she's definitely in love with ALL yarn. Her favorite project is her very first one - a granny square afghan she made for her son. She really struggled to learn how to make granny squares, but her persistence paid off and now she can't seem to stop. 

While Terry is stitching, she likes to catch up on PBS Masterpiece segments, listen to books, and sometimes just enjoy the silence...if available.

Freeform crochet has always appealed to her, but she's a little hesitant to try it. You can do it, Terry!  Just remember how intimidating those grannies used to be, and look where you are now. :)

Terry's crochet tip:
"As much as I dislike counting stitches, I highly recommend it."

Here is Terry's choice for today's dishcloth:

Since this is a pattern that has already been published, I'll direct you to the original pattern page. 

CLICK HERE for NELDA'S DISHCLOTH.

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