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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Modified Easy Ombre Dishcloth

modified easy ombre dishcloth

I started replenishing my supply of handmade knitted and crochet washcloths and dishcloths prior to moving to our new home last September.  I also needed both for our vacation home.  These cloths are perfect for bathing and washing dishes while adding a custom touch to bathrooms and the kitchen.  I colour code my washcloths and dishcloths to match the room they will be used in so they don't get mixed up.  The easy ombre dishcloth with the taupes and turquoise tones is perfect for the main bathroom.   This modified granny square pattern is suitable for beginners but is poorly written as if worked as written will give a wave effect from too many stitches so the piece will not lay flat.   For example on the first row it reads  
1st rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). [3 dc. (Ch 2. 4 dc)] 3 times in ring. Ch 2. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
If you do the stitches within the square brackets three times, you will have too many stitches.  This row should read:
1st rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 3 dc. [(Ch 2. 4 dc)] 3 times in ring. Ch 2. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
This will give you the correct pattern of 4 stitches per side with two stitches in between to form each corner.  The next row reads:
2nd rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. *1 dc in each of next 4 dc. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
If you dc in the next 3 dc it will cause you to have too many stitches.  It should read:
2nd rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each of next 2 dc. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. *1 dc in each of next 3 dc. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 

Here is the corrected pattern as I made it:

Materials:
  • Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
  • Crochet hook: Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Size: Approx 10 ins [25.5 cm] square.
Gauge: 13 dc and 6½ rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

Instructions:

Ch 5. Join with sl st to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 3 dc. [(Ch 2. 4 dc)] 3 times in ring. Ch 2. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
2nd rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each of next 2 dc. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. *1 dc in each of next 3 dc. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.  [My note: This will give 7 dc per side.]
3rd to 8th rnds: Ch 3 (counts as dc). *1 dc in each dc to next ch-2 sp. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times more. 1 dc in each dc to end of rnd. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.  [My note: Each row will increase by 4 dc per side, so the 3rd row will have 11 dc per side, the 4th row will have 15 dc per side and so on.]
9th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each dc around, having 3 sc in corner ch-2 sps. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well thank you!!! I found your pattern today and was finally able to finish the dishcloth. I thought I was crazy.

thanks again
Angela