I started making my own dishcloths (all) and washcloths (some) a few years ago (knit and crochet) after I got tired of buying and throwing out the store bought cloths that just don’t hold up to repeated uses and washing.
For only a small amount of time and money invested, anyone can make beautiful dishcloths/washcloths that work out to being a lot cheaper in the long run as they never seem to wear out!
Here’s a couple of the dishcloths that I’ve made again and again, featuring the crochet Sedge Stitch. It looks hard but it’s actually easy-peasy!
I like rectangular dishcloths. They stay on the kitchen tap better, between uses.🙂
I recently noted this selection of 7 new dishcloth/washcloth patterns over at Lion Brand, you might enjoy. Oh so pretty! If you don’t already have an account to access their 1000’s of free patterns and newsletters, it’s definitely worth signing up for. It’s free and easy.
If you already make your own washcloths and/or dishcloths and have a wonderful free pattern link to share, please do.
And if you are just starting out with knitting or crochet, this is a very good way to start and costs so little too. Great for summer crafting, so portable!
So far, 2008 has been a good year (ok, I know it’s only been January, LOL) for using up materials I already have on hand; in particular my ahhhhem….rather extensive yarn stash.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to finish up several projects, happily all made from my stash yarns.
I was also able to incorporate my new fav. crochet stitch, namely ‘sedge’. Previously featured in this recent post, featuring a gorgeous washcloth pattern .
BTW, these have NOT actually been used as washcloths yet, just can’t bring myself to even put them in the bathroom so far, LOL!!!
I digress….. My gorgeous (if I may say so myself! ) Bulky Lopi Throw is now completed:
Ain’t it purrrrrty??? 🙂
And the photos of the throw shows the actual color much more authentically than this pic. below.
Here’s the specs. (in a nutshell) in case you’d like one for yourself (Mr. Cheddar certainly wants this one, the fringe at least LOL)!!!!
Sedge Stitch Throw:
Size: 40″ x 50″ excluding fringe
I used 12 balls of Bulky Lopi in Cordovan for the throw and 1 (plus a bit) ball for the fringe.
Chain 66 on a large (size S ) hook .
I’m guessing on the size of the hook, as it’s not marked on this giant plastic one! Why do the manufacturers do that? I have several other hooks that also aren’t marked! I’ve had this one for a long time so no packaging to refer to either. It does seem to match up with S Hook actual size photos though.
Not a biggie for throws though, it’s all about what size stitches you personally like, how much yarn you have on hand (and of course, important to remember, crochet does take quite a bit more yarn than knitting).
Work sedge stitch until length is approximately 50 inches (width was 40″ for mine).
Cut 18″ lengths for fringe, fold in half and attach in four’s to each end of throw with an overhand knot (I used 23 sets of fringes on each end) for a nice luxurious finish and feel. Trim fringes and you are good to go!!!
I’m thinking this will be a great throw for snuggling under, while reading, napping and natch….more crocheting and knitting too!
Still on sedge stitch, I’ve also made a few dishcloths from some crafter’s cotton I had on hand. These, I have been using! Nice and sturdy too, not like some dishcloths that fall apart after a wash or three….
How I love Apple Green! Makes me think of spring. 🙂
On to some knitting…Finished my January charity knitting project, these child-sized mittens:
Again, stash yarns. Combined two worsted-weight yarns: a plain red with a gold tweedy blend and finished up with these bright, warm mittens.
This month’s charity project will be the hat to match. Thanks to Mary Anne via her blog Miss Woolly Knits, I’ve found a very easy and easy-fitting hat to make for all sizes and age groups. So, I will be making a child-sized hat in these same two yarns to complete the set.
Nice to keep on track with my goal of one charity project a month. A small goal perhaps, but by December I will have 12 items or more to donate to a shelter for those in need. It all helps, doesn’t it? I continue to be amazed and inspired to see so many bloggers who charity-knit and crochet on a regular basis. Great work and so much appreciated, I’m sure.
Will finish off with a single snow pic. taken earlier this week. I had hoped to have several to share but the beautiful fluffy snow sadly melted away much too soon. Here in BC, the weather changes very quickly. I guess I will have to be faster on the camera/walk next time.
It’s certainly not like the Prairie winters we are use to, where snow lasts waaaaaaaaaaaay toooooooooo long! Speaking of the Canadian Prairies, it’s been minus 50C there with the windchill for several days this past week. Now that kind of winter I don’t miss at all, LOL!!!
Worst Prairie winter I can remember…Several years ago, including a week of MINUS 70C weather,with the windchill.
I kid you not!
But, we still drove, went to work, carried on….. I even had a ride in a fire truck that particular week (sirens optional LOL) after interviewing the fire chief for a freelance story I was writing for the local paper.My car battery had turned into a block of ice in the hour I had been at the fire station! The firemen kindly delivered me safely home to my door, in their toasty warm truck.
Ya gotta be tough to be a Prairie person!!! 😉
Wishing you all a week of abundance and good news!