Monday, April 23, 2018

CAL - Dishcloth #4

Good Monday morning everyone. I hope you had a great weekend with some yarn on your hook. We are starting our second week of the Spring Cleaning Dishcloth CAL, and I hope you are all caught up.

Today’s dishcloth is a little involved – but well worth the time and effort. We will use the Grit Stitch, which is comprised of a combination of the single crochet and double crochet stitches. This makes for a scrubby texture – much like the name “grit” sounds.

With its unique construction, you will thoroughly enjoy working each step and seeing how it all comes together. I used 3 colors, but you can use as few as 2 or as many as you like. Make several of these cloths with different color schemes, and see how different they each look.

This is definitely “not your ordinary” Octagon Dishcloth!



 B: MANGO 58


9” X 9”

Beg = beginning
Begdc = beginning double crochet
Ch/s = chain/s
Dc= double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Hk = hook
Lp/s = loop/s
Pat = pattern
Rep = repeat
RS = right side of fabric
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip
Sl St = slip stitch
SM = stitch marker
St/s = stitch/es
WS = wrong side of fabric
Yo = yarn over


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 4 lps on hk. Counts as 1 sc.


Changing Colors: To change color in last st, complete last st until 2 lps left on hk, drop current color, pick up new color, yo and draw through both lps.




This section is worked in one piece, changing colors at the end of rows. It might help to place a SM on the RS for future reference.

Odd rows are RS – even rows are WS.

Row 1: With A ch 12, working in back bumps of chs, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 2: [(Sc, dc) in first st, sk next st] to last st, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.

Rows 3 - 8: Rep Row 2. Change to Color B in last st of Row 8.

Row 9: Sc in first and each st to end, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Rows 10 - 16: Rep Row 2, changing to Color A in last st.

Row 17: Rep Row 9.

Rows 18 – 24: Rep Row 2 and finish off.

Weave in ends.


Row 1: With RS facing, rotate cloth as shown below and join A with sc where indicated in photo.

Work 10 more sc evenly across the vertical edge of Color B as shown below. (11 sc)

Rows 2 – 8: Rep Row 2 as in Section One. Finish off.

Rotate piece to other vertical side of Color B and rep Rows 1 – 8 as above. Finish off.

Now your piece will look like a plus sign.


The next section consists of working inserts to create an octagon.

Row 1: With RS facing, rotate piece as shown below and join Color C with a sc where indicated. Work 6 more sc down the edge (total of 7 sc on first edge), place 1 sc in center where all 3 colors meet, and work 7 sc up the next edge, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc3tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 3: Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc3tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (7 sc)

Row 4: Sc2tog, sc3tog, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (3 sc)

To finish, sk the first sc2tog and the sc3tog, sl st into the 2nd sc2tog, finish off, weave ends.

This makes a straight edge to shape the octagon.

Repeat for all inserts. Your octagon is taking shape!



Rnd. 1: With RS facing, join Color C with sc to the right-hand st of any Color A section, (hdc, sc) in same st – corner made, [sc in next 9 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in last st on Color A – corner made, work 9 sc evenly  across Color C section, (sc, hdc, sc) in next Color A st – corner made] around omitting last 3 corner sts, join with sl st to beg sc, finish off.

Rnd. 2: Join Color B with sl st in any corner hdc, ch 1 (does not count as a st), 3 hdc in same st, work 1 hdc in each sc and 3 hdc in each corner hdc around, join with sl st to beg hdc, finish off, weave in ends.

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