Thankyou for all your wonderful supportive comments on my last post. The dog situation seems to be under control now so our little pets are safe as they can be. We modified the guinea pig hutch by adding some tough chicken wire to add another layer of protection. We have had endless comings and goings of various tradesmen at the house over the past couple of weeks which has disrupted my blog routine, hence I have been a little quiet here lately, but I have managed to do a bit of crochet. I decided to have a go at making some dishcloths. Mine had seen better days and I figured having something bright and cheery in the kitchen would be a good thing, and possibly even motivate me to do the cleaning up.
My first foray into tapestry crochet didn’t quite work out. I was trying to make a repeated diamond pattern, and if you squint your eyes and look sideways a bit, it actually looks almost diamond-like. Just not uniform. At all. I just couldn’t work out why I wasn’t getting a neat edge on the pattern. I added a pretty border to finish it off and make it a little bigger as it had turned out smaller than I expected. What do you think?
I guess after all, its a dishcloth, so however it turns out, at the end of the day it wipes the dishes and surfaces so it doesn’t matter. Its a good safe project for experimenting on new crochet stitches. The pink shell edging was a new one for me and very easy, just one double crochet, then miss 2 stitches and do five five treble crochet stitches in the third stitch, miss 2 and double crochet to finish the arch. Repeat. I have since looked up how to do tapestry crochet properly using the tutorial Julie wrote out on her blog little woollie. I really should have gone here first. Julie is the queen of tapestry washcloths, her designs are amazing.
I made the second cloth in a simple stripe, with cute bobble edging I learnt from a great tutorial on Heidi bear’s blog.
For the tapestry crochet cloth I used 8 ply cotton and 3mm hook. For the striped cloth I used the same cotton and 4mm hook and just worked in double crochet (single US) changing colours every fifth row. I love these nice fresh colours. I might make a few more to have in my stash for gifts. I think they would be nice bundled up with a pretty homemade soap and hand cream. The perfect handmade gift.
Have you tried making dishcloths or made anything using tapestry crochet? I’d love to hear about your projects.