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Strawberry Potpourri Crochet Dishcloth

Free Crochet Pattern for a Multicolored Ombre Dishcloth

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Crocheted Strawberry Potpourri Dishcloth

Crocheted Strawberry Potpourri Dishcloth - This Dishcloth Is Named After the Ombre Yarns Used to Create It

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Project Overview:

This strawberry potpourri crochet dishcloth is useful, fun to crochet, and pretty too. If you like owning colorful dishcloths, but you don't enjoy tedious color changes, this is the project for you!

Technically, this design is a stripe, although it doesn't look particularly "stripey" at first glance. The colorwork here is easy; just drop a color when you're not using it, and pick it up again when you need it next. You won't have an excessive number of ends to weave in when you're finished.

The body of the dishcloth is crocheted using Tunisian simple stitch, and the edging is worked in single crochet, with decorative surface crochet slip stitch details.

This design is similar to some of the other dishcloths I've published patterns for. So, if you like this idea but the colors aren't quite what you're looking for, you are invited to check my project gallery to see additional options that might suit you better.

Or, if you prefer, feel free to create your own modifications. I've been having fun substituting different yarns into the pattern; perhaps you'd also enjoy playing around with some different ombre yarn combinations. This pattern is well-suited for colorwork experiments.

Materials:

Yarn:

This dishcloth is crocheted using Peaches & Creme worsted weight cotton yarn. If you'd like to make substitutions, any brand of kitchen cotton in worsted weight should work fine. The following is a list of the colors I used to create the sample dishcloth.

  • Strawberry Cream (an ombre yarn) - Color A
  • Potpourri (an ombre yarn) - Color B
  • Light Blue (a solid color, used for the edging) - Color C
  • Yellow (a solid color, used for accenting the edging) - Color D

Crochet Hooks:

For the body of the dishcloth, you’ll need a size J / 10 /6.0 mm afghan crochet hook measuring 10+ inches long, or your preferred size.

For the edging, try using an ordinary crochet hook in whatever size you'd usually use with worsted weight yarn. The first time you work this pattern, it might take you a bit of experimenting before you figure out which hook will give you the best results; the goal is to find a hook that will produce consistent tension between the edging and the body of the dishcloth.

For the edging in my sample dishcloth, I used a size H / 8 – 5.0 mm hook, but that might or might not be the best size for the way you crochet. If you notice your edging ruffling up a bit, choose a smaller hook. If the edging seems too tight in comparison to the body of the dishcloth, choose a larger hook.

Other Materials:

You'll need a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Abbreviations:

Finished Size:

The dishcloth measures approx. 8.5" square.

Gauge:

When working in afghan stitch / Tunisian simple stitch, 7 sts = 2". The row gauge is not critical for this project. For that matter, the stitch gauge isn't all that critical either; it's no problem if your dishcloth turns out a little larger or smaller than the sample.

Crochet Instructions:

Using color A, ch 26.

Work in afghan stitch (Tunisian simple stitch) until directed otherwise. To make the edging easier later, it is a good idea to work the first row into the backs of the chain stitches.

Row 1: Work the forward pass in color A; Work the return in color B.

Row 2: Work the forward pass in color B; Work the return in color A.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the piece is square.

Then work one slip stitch in each vertical bar, all the way across. End off and weave in ends.

Dishcloth Edging:

The edging is worked in rounds.

Switch crochet hooks.

Attach color C in a corner.

Round 1: ch 1. Work 1 sc in each stitch. When you get to a corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) and then continue working sc. Repeat this all the way around the dishcloth, and then at the end, join the round with a sl st.

Rounds 2-3: Repeat round 1.

Round 4: Work 1 sl st in each sc. When you get to a corner, work 1 sl st into the ch-2 space. After you’ve completed the round, work an extra sl st; pull the loop through the previous sl st worked at the beginning of the row to the back of the dishcloth, then cut the yarn and end off.

Optional Slip Stitch Detail: Using color D, work a round of decorative sl sts in between the body of the dishcloth and the edging. If you're not sure how to do this, you'll find free instructions in my surface crochet slip stitch tutorial.

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