Sunday, 16 November 2014

dish cloths

Whilst at the Manor House, I took some crocheting to do in the evenings.  I needed a couple of new dishcloths and thought I'd try some different patterns.  I started off with this free tutorial at Mellie Blossoms for a zig zag dish cloth.  Check out all the ends you end up with to weave in!


I added the round bit so I can hang it off my tap as I love this feature in my existing dishcloths.  I have no idea why it turned out diamond shape and not square!


As you can see, it's a one-sided pattern, but hey, it's a dishcloth, who cares if it's got a back!


Next I moved onto this tartan washcloth tutorial at Happy Berry.  I used cotton yarn for both dishcloths as it dries quite quickly and I can throw them in the washing machine at 60 degrees with my towels and socks.


I love the way this turned out but it's huge!  I should have scaled it down to make a dishcloth.  Again, I added the circle bit to hang it up.


The pattern is created by slip stitching into the front of the cloth when it's finished, that was a new technique for me and very effective.  I'm not sure what it's called, slip stitch crochet?  Tapestry crochet?  I'm not sure.


This photo shows how it looks from the back - not so neat.

Right, I'm off to wash the rabbit bowls out with one of my new dishcloths!  (No, it doesn't make the job any more interesting... but they're pretty!)

11 comments:

Rachel said...

I rather like the back of the tartan one - it makes an interesting change of texture!

Sandra :) said...

I like the back of both of them - they don't look bad to me - they're as pretty as the front! I think instead of weaving strands of yarn in and out to get rid of them, I would have tied knots in them right at the edge of the dishcloth, trimmed them down to about 2", then called them a design decision FRINGE :D

Renee said...

These are fantastic! They tempt me to take my mom up on her offer to teach me how to crochet. (As my husband pointed out, I'm not sure where I could store supplies for another craft - lol!) lovely work!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Love them! Great colors :D

Fiona said...

i love the knitted and crochet dish cloths... I have to admit mine are very boring and not nearly as pretty as yours...
Hugz

margaret said...

very practical, when i was taught to knit many many years ago it was dishcloths we did

Jane Galley said...

I love hand knitted/crocheted dishcloths, so much nicer than the shop bought ones

Shami Immanuel said...

Beautiful dish cloths. In the first picture it seems cute little birdies are swimming from one end to another. Nice.

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Carrie P. said...

those turned out great

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Well I think your dish cloths are magnificent. But I personally simply couldn't bear to put all that work in for use as a dish cloth! Do you perhaps wash after each use to prevent them becoming stained?

ukcitycrafter said...

They're both great, I always weave in my ends as I go along - catching the thread under the next row of stitches. I can see you must have a very stylish kitchen with such gorgeous dish cloths ;)