Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Strawberry Shortcake Dishcloth


This pretty dishcloth can be quickly crocheted to give your kitchen a lovely burst of color.  If you're ready to take the granny square to the next level, this cheerful and useful project is a great place to start!

Strawberry Shortcake Dishcloth
By Jennifer Dickerson

Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to crochet this project:



Sizing:
  • 7 inches across from widest points

Materials:
  • H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Brightly colored cotton yarn...I had one ball of each color with plenty of leftovers to make another cloth.  (Yarn used for the dishcloths shown is Peaches & Creme Solids in Bright Pink and Ecru)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Instructions:

This dishcloth is a granny hexagon finished with a simple single crochet edging.  Here is a photo tutorial that may help you when making your granny hexagon:


Chain 4 and join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1: Chain 4 (counts as a dc), then work (a dc into center of ring, chain 1) 11 times.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Note: If you want to make round 2 in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 space and keep going.  If you want to switch colors...cut yarn and join the new yarn at one of the ch 1 spaces and tie securely.

Round 2: Chain 4 and work a dc in the same space.  Chain 1, then work two double crochet in the next (chain 1) space.  Keep doing this all the way around, working 2 dc in each space, then a chain 1.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Chain 4, then work 2 dc in the same space, then chain 1.  In the next space, work three dc, then chain 1.  Keep doing this all the way around the circle...3 dc, then a chain 1 in each space.  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Round 4 (circle becomes hexagon in this round): Chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space.  This creates the first hexagon corner.  In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" and a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1).  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Note: just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc clusters as you work each round. That is what gives it the pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

Round 5: round 5 is similar to round 4, but with a sequence of a corner, then a side, then another side.  Begin with a chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space.  In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. In the next space, chain 1, then work 3 dc.  Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" then a side of 1 cluster, then a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1).  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Edging: Work a single crochet into each space all the way around the square, but in each corner point space, work 2 sc.  Join with a slip stitch to close round and fasten off.  This will give it a finished look, and if you use a contrasting color, will "frame" it.

Finishing:
Weave in any ends.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks you for a beautiful pattern! I love the colors you chose!

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