I have been playing around with trying new stitch patterns trying to decide which one I want to use to make an Infinity Cowl. I am a very visual person. I have to see a nice size swatch to get a true feel for how the pattern will look on a finished project. So, I have been doing something that I find I am quite enjoying. Instead of doing a small 4″ square as my pattern swatch, I am making a dishcloth. This not only gives me a better representation of what the stitch pattern will look like, but I have a new dishcloth to use.
I have never written a pattern for crochet before, so please let me know if the directions are not clear. Unfortunately, I have no picture at this time of the dishcloth.
Peaches and Cream cotton thread/yarn
Size G crochet hook
Stitches used: HDC, SC
Starting chain of 25 stitches.
Row 1: Chain 2 stitches, turn and HDC in 2nd chain from hook. Continue crocheting a HDC in each chain stitch.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn and SC (single crochet) 1 stitch in each stitch across the row.
Repeat row pattern until your work is square.
At this point, you can weave in ends to finish off the dishcloth or add an edging all the way around.
One other option to consider is to save the dishcloths (without an edging) until you have enough to stitch together and make into a baby blanket, tote bag, or some other project. Sewing/crocheting 2 of these squares stacked together will make a wonderful potholder.
Don’t want to make a dishcloth sized pattern sample? Try making 3″ or 4″ size squares. Once you have 6 of these, sew/crochet together to form a cube, leaving one edge open. Fill with polyfil stuffing and close the opening. Voila! You have a soft baby toy. Consider making these in a series of sizes beginning with 2″ squares to make a stacking toy of blocks.