It is always good to keep a stock of dishcloths on hand, either knitted or crocheted. They make great little gifts or stocking stuffers added to hand soap, hand cream, or kitchen gadgets.
The pattern for these is what I call a ‘no brainer’ pattern. These were made using up all the odds and ends of cotton yarn I had on hand.
- Cast on 4 stitches. K2, yo, k to end of row.
- Repeat this row till you have 40 stitches on the needle.
- Then start the decrease, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end.
- Continue till there are just 4 stitches left.
- Cast off.
Here is my pattern for the Tunisian dish cloth. Remember I’m better at doing the crochet than at writing down the pattern – and it seemed harder to write down a pattern using the Tunisian stitch.
- Chain 25 stitches. Pull yarn through each stitch so that you have 25 loops on the hook.
- The next row (works from left to right), where you pull the yarn through the first stitch and off the hook, and then pull the yarn through the next two stitches and off the hook, continue till the end of the row. You end up with one stitch left on the hook.
- Pick up 24 stitches (vertical stitches of the previous row, working right to left).
- These 2 rows are the pattern and you continue until you have enough rows to form a square.
- Around the edge of the square I did double crochet stitches to finish it off.
The book is by Sharon Hernes Silverman and explains the techniques of tunisian crochet and also has a good selection of patterns. I have a lovely set of tunisian bamboo crochet hooks, which are longer than the usual crochet hooks. These were a gift from a friend a few years ago and I really haven’t put them to good use.