Maybe it’s because I spent so much time restitching the border, but I really do like this Lacy Round Dishcloth. I frogged the last two rounds a few times trying to match the pattern to the picture beofre I gave up and wrote my own border pattern.
The directions are clear until round 9 when the pattern directs you to put 9 dc in every ch-5 sp. This will give you twice as many shell lobes as the actual dishcloth has. Plus, round 10 is missing brackets around “ch 1, sc in next st”. I’ve written the last two rounds according to how I crocheted them:
Round 9: sl st in ch-5 sp, ch 3, 8 dc in same sp, *ch 1, sl st in next sc below in round 7 and around ch 5 of round 8, ch 1, 9 dc in next ch-5 sp, rep from * 6 times more, end ch 1, sl st in next sc below in round 7 and around ch 5 of round 8, ch 1, join rnd with a sl st to top of ch 3.
Round 10: ch 1, sc in same st, *[ch 3, sc in next st] eight times, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next ch-1 sp, sc in next dc, rep from * 7 times more, end [ch 3, sc in next st] eight times, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next ch-1 sp, join with a sl st to sc.
These pattern revisions are probably a little more complicated than they could be, but I liked the slip stitches in round 9 to accentuate the shell curve. (Beware: these directions are not tested!)
Also, if you’re past the ‘beginner’ stage of crocheting, it’s not impossible to come up with your own guess-timation for the border rounds. The extra work was well worth the final product though and the border reminds me of Lion Brand’s Sweet Scallops Shawl.
This Textured Stripes Dishcloth is one of the most durable, functional dishcloth patterns I’ve crocheted. The crunch stitch rows make this dishcloth very sturdy and the size is big enough to get a grip without being overly large.
The only downside to the crunch stitch is the difference in gauge compared to single crochet. The crunch stitches are very compact and single crochet is comparably loose, making the two of the edges curve. I used a crochet hook two sizes smaller for the single crochet rows, but I could have gone down another hook size.
You can see in the picture below that I accidentally crocheted the border facing the wrong side. Oops! Next time I’ll pay closer attention to which side I’m on.
Overall, this pattern makes a great little dishcloth. I’d love to see a matching Swiffer cover. The crunch stitches would be perfect for catching dust bunnies.
If you don’t like, use or enjoy crocheting dishcloths, but still want to try the crunch stitch, check out the Pirate Clutch on Craftster. It’s an easy crochet purse with a shell detail.
Finally, the Simple Dishcloth uses v-stitches and shells in the round. This pattern really is easy and the resulting lacy dishcloth is very pretty. I would use a smaller crochet hook next time because the stitches are not as solid as I expected.
Also, I’d like to try using stripes of different colors. The first three rounds would be perfect for a flower and leaf color.
Watch out for my next post! Katrina got my swap package, so I’ve got the go ahead to blog about all the crochet goodies I sent her. Check out her blog, Sewalicious Designs for a sneak peak of her Swap Swap Gals package.
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