Monday, August 28, 2006

Mom's Favorite Scrubby Dishcloth Pattern

While playing around and looking for the perfect dishcloth pattern that: wasn't too big, too small, too open weave, etc-I gor frustrated and came up with my own.

Mom’s Favorite Scrubby Dischloth

Clickable, as always.

My mom loves the handmade cotton dishcloths, but hates when, after they are wet, they stretch and seem to grow larger. She asked me to come up with a smaller dishcloth and so I did. This one is nice and uses a unique stitch that Julie A. Bolduc came up with.

This makes about a 6 ½” x 7” discloth (can easily be made larger by increasing the chain to any length you want). The stitch pattern helps create “scrubby” ridges on it. It also shouldn’t stretch too much when wet.

Materials needed:

Worsted weight cotton yarn, any color (I used Peaches N’ Cream in the colorway Peppercorn)-about 1 ounce or so.
Size I/9 and a size H/8 hook
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitches Used:

Chain, single crochet and Back Front Single Crochet (bfsc-directions to follow)-don’t let this hold you back, it’s an easy stitch.

Back Front Single Crochet (bfsc): Insert hook in back loop of next st, draw up a lp, insert hook into front lp toward you, draw up lp, yp and draw through all three loops on hook.


Starting chain:
Using I/9 hook, chain 26. Switch to H/8 hook and sc in 2nd chain from hook (I use the “bump” on the back of the chain-this makes a smooth first row). Sc across, ch 1 and turn.

Row 2
-Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1 and turn.

Rows 3-4: Bfsc in second ch from hook and each stitch across, ch 1 and turn

Rows 5-6:
Sc in second ch from hook and across, ch 1 and turn

Rows 7-8: Repeat rows 3-4

Rows 9-10:
Repeat rows 5-6

Rows 11-13:
Bfsc in second ch from hook and in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn

Rows 14-15:
Repeat rows 5-6

Rows 16-17: Repeat rows 3-4

Rows 18-19:
Repeat rows 5-6

Rows 20-21: Repeat rows 3-4

Rows 22-23:
Repeat rows 5-6 and at end of row 23, ch 1 and turn

Row 24:
Sc in each stitch across top, 3 sc in each corner and sc down side, making sure you evenly space your stitches so the cloth lies flat. 3 sc in next corner and sc across bottom in each stitch, 3 sc in corner and sc up last side, evenly spacing your sc stitches-when you get to the last corner, 2 sc in the corner stitch and slip stitch to first sc. Weave in ends.

Copyright 2006 Deneen St Amour. This is my own pattern, not to be posted, sold or distributed by anyone but myself and all that other good stuff. You may post a link to the pattern on your site. Basically, don't steal it as your own or I'll have to come and beat you with a rubber hose!

If you have any questions or should find any errors, feel free to contact me at yarnsandmusings (at) gmail (dot) com

If you have trouble printing this pattern, email me and I will email you the pattern on Adobe pdf or MS Word Doc.


Kathy said...

Coolness! I'll have to try that one, I don't like too big cloths either, cause I have small hands. And about that rubber hose...bring it on, baby!

Andi said...


Megan said...

Cool beans :)

Lucy said...

Ya know, I've been wanting to make a few dishcloths since I actually like to do dishes....this seems like a good pattern to start with...thanks!

Jewels said...

Looks great Deneen. I prefer the smaller dishcloths too, I have small hands and the large ones are a bugger to wring out. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

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