Free Pattern: Dishcloth

For my first tutorial, I thought a dishcloth would be a good start. Whenever somebody learns to crochet, the first thing they make is a dishcloth. If this was not the case with you, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear what the first thing you ever made was!

Right now, making these are also a good way for me to try new yarn, new stitches or new patterns. Then you also end up with something possibly useful afterwards.

Crocheted red dishcloth

Before you start

You’ll need to know how to make chain stitches, single crochet and triple (treble) crochet.
I used worsted weight cotton yarn and an 8mm hook size.
This pattern will work just as well if you use a smaller hook down to 5mm, but it will have less open spaces and be smaller. That might be something you prefer.

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
tc – triple (treble) crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch

Making this dishcloth

This dishcloth has small bumps on the one side for extra “scrubbing power”, and it also creates a nice 3d-effect.

ch 26

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (25 stitches)

Row 2: ch 1, turn. * sc in first st, tc in next st. Repeat from * 12 times across the row. End with sc (25 stitches)

The triple crochet is what causes the bump, and can be popped out on either side of the dishcloth.

Row 3: ch 1, turn. sc in first stitch and across the row (25 stitches)

Row 4-25: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternatively until you have 25 rows. Don’t fasten off.

Border: Work 23 sc evenly around the edges, working 3 sc in each of the corners. Join with sl st to the first sc.

Crocheted red dishcloth close-up

Let me know if you make some of these, and send pictures. I’d love to see it!

Feel free to make as many dishcloths as you want, and you can also sell them. However, please don’t claim this pattern as your own or reproduce it anywhere else. You’re welcome to link back to this site or pattern.

Have fun!

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I don’t have anything to show from this week.

Not because I haven’t done anything, but because I have been working on 5 different projects at the same time, and none of them are finished. There are also 3 more projects in my head that I want to do right now!

I can not stop making these octopi. They’re just too damn adorable!
I’m also trying to write out a tutorial for crocheted birds, but I realized it’s harder than actually making them!

Then I’m working on a super secret project that I’m very excited about. I’ll give you a hint.

Can you guess?

Can you guess what it is?

Happy weekend!

I wish I was an octopus…

… so I can hug 8 people at once.

I recently developed an interest in amigurumi, and made these octopi over the weekend. Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I want to make a whole bunch, and have an entire Christmas tree filled with cute little octopi!

Crocheted Amigurumi Octopus

Last night I dreamed about yarn. An entire room filled wall to wall with yarn, in every colour in the world. And it was all mine.

sigh
If only…

Postman, Postman…

Most of my time this week was spent between gardening, painting walls and studying, but I managed to find time for a small crafting project as well.

I don’t know how many of us still send postcards, or have pen pals, but these crafty cards are easy to make and very cute. Even though e-mail is much easier, they can also be used to say Thank you or Happy Birthday.

Handmade cards with a whip-stitch border

Start by drawing light pencil lines about half a centimeter or 3/16 of an inch away from the edges of the card, all around. Then pierce the holes evenly along those lines. The thicker the yarn, the bigger the holes need to be.

Draw lines and pierce holes around the edges of the card

I used a simple whip stitch along the edges with thin cotton yarn, and ended off by threading the ends through the stitches along the edge of the card. For my second card I wanted more sparkle, so I added sequins as I was threading. You can also stitch 2 different colour cards together for a more colourful effect.

Whip-stitch around the edges of the card

When you’re done with the edging, you can decorate it anyway you like. On the first card I glued a picture of a bird silhouette, and on the second I glued a red rose to go with the red sequins.

That is basically all there is to it. It’s a simple design, but with a little bit of creativity you can make something really amazing!

Bag of Tricks

Some of the first things I made was a couple pouches for me and Michael’s d&d games.

Crocheted pouches in blue and teal

I used a very easy pattern from Shala Beads.
The 4 leaves were crocheted in a pretty dark blue worsted weight from my local yarn store. These leaves were then crocheted together with black worsted weight yarn. At the top I went around with 2 rows of single crochet, a row of double crochet (where the ribbon was going to go through), and ended it off with another row of single crochet. Michael made the bead by drilling a small hole through a d20 die, which I then put on a black ribbon to close the pouch.

The blue one has a more masculine feel to it, so of course I had to do something different for mine. That’s where sparkly yarn comes in. For those who don’t know yet,

Sparkly yarn makes me happy.

For this one I used a bright orange ribbon to add some colour.

I did not want to be done with the sparkly yarn yet, so I decided to make another pouch. This time I wanted to try out a different pattern.

Crocheted Purple Pouch

This one I just crocheted in the round, alternating between rows of single crochet and double crochet. The top I ended off with a pretty scallop edged border. I happened to have just the right shade of ribbon lying around, and it looked perfect with this magenta pouch!

Hello, my name is…

…Anelda,

and I love crocheting.

And that what this blog will be about. Most of the time anyway. If I happen to do anything else that might be remotely interesting, I’ll tell you about that as well.

So make yourself at home, and feel free to comment on any of the posts.

Happy crafting!