by guest blogger Karen Freeman
Lately the weather has allowed many of us to have time to work projects that we may have started or start new ones. Recently, I was able to work on a vintage dishcloth pattern that can still work very well today. The hardest part of this pattern was choosing the colors. Crème de la Crème has 50 beautiful colors which made my choices endless.
I found Crème de la Crème an easy yarn to crochet with. While it is sturdy enough for a dishcloth, it is a combed cotton making it soft enough for garments or accessories. I can see myself knitting or crocheting something for the summer season. I am very excited to have worked with the yarn. I look forward to exploring my options.
Here is the pattern I worked up using the Crème de la Crème. I happened to choose variegated colors against a solid background, but you could really do solid on solid and it would have a similar dramatic effect. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Mitered Dishcloths Pattern
Coats Crème de la Crème (100% Combed Cotton, 125 yds solids, 98 yds shaded): 1 ball solid A and 1 ball multicolored B
Brown version: 118 Linen A and 930 Browntones B
Blue version: 870 Cornflower Blue A and 995 Ocean B
Pink version: 710 Pale Pink A and 970 Pretty in Pinks B
Susan Bates Size H (5mm) Crochet Hook
Susan Bates Yarn Needle
Gauge: 19 dc and 11 rows = 4” (10cm)
Note: Work all sts in the back loop only through Row 20.
Row 1 (right side): With the right side of hanging loop facing, join A in a sc and pull up a loop. Ch3, dc in next 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, dc in next 3 sc. Ch1 turn.
Row 2: Sc across, working 3 sc in 3rd st of 5-dc group. End with sc in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3, ch 3 turn.
Row 3: Dc across, working 5 dc in 2nd st of center 3-sc group, ch1, turn.
Rows 4-20: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ending with Row 2. Fasten off.
Note: Contrast Striping rows are worked back over the piece from last row of cloth to ring, working in the free loops of each row and turning cloth after each row to create stripes on front and back.
Row 1 (wrong side): With wrong side facing the hanging loop at bottom, join B in right corner of cloth and pull up a loop in first st. Ch1, sc in free loop of each sc across. Loosely slip st into side of row and turn work.
Row 2: Working into free loops of dc on next row above, sc across row. Work 2 loose slip sts into side of row, turn work.
Row 3: Working into free loops of sc on next row above, sc across row. Work 1 loose slip st into side of row, turn work.
Rows 4-20: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending with Row 2.
Row 21: Work 7 surface chains evenly into spaces at base of loop where first row of dc is attached.
Weave in ends.