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!




MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

ANY WORSTED
 WEIGHT COTTON
I USED CRAFTER’S SECRET

 A: VINTAGE GREEN 54
 B: MANGO 58
 C: YELLOW 43

CROCHET HOOK SIZE I / 5.5 mm
TAPESTRY NEEDLE
STITCH MARKER

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
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


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 4 lps on hk. Counts as 1 sc.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES:   

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.

 


INSTRUCTIONS

SECTION ONE:

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.



SECTION TWO:

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.




SECTION THREE:


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!

SECTION FOUR:

Border

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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