Here is another project I've been working on lately - I told you I had the crafting bug! I decided I wanted to do a project out of Mary Jane's book and after looking through, I decided this was the one!
Following her instructions, this would be about a 4" square dish cloth - so, I ripped lots of it out and added more width and lots more rows.
First, select your yarn (she says it should be 100% cotton). Look at these delicious colors and combinations I found at Michael's! They are called Sugar 'n Cream and were $1.49 a skein. I am estimating at this point that I should be able to get three dishcloths out of two skeins making them $1 each. A far cry from my current favorite dishcloth - a treat from my Mom!
* Chain 33 (or desired size), skip the last one and do a single crochet in each of the others creating a total of 32 single crochets. I used a size "J" hook.
* At the end of the row, chain one and skip that stitch repeating the single crochets in each of the stitches on the previous row.
* Repeat until it is the desired size. Tie off and weave ends into stitches.
I have enjoyed making these so much. This ranks right up there with canning as far as a wholesome activity that contributes to my home. I felt like Ma Ingalls. Yes, these still turned out considerably smaller than the dishcloths I usually use. But, I got to thinking - why does it need to be so big? How much of the dishcloth do I actually use at once?!
One of my favorite things about this project (and any crocheting project I have done) is that the crochet hook I use was my Granny's (my great-grandmother) and I love that it is from a previous generation still getting enjoyment and use. I wonder what she made with it?
I think these will make such fun stocking stuffers and will be a great inclusion into the nursery workers goodie basket! Here are two wrapped up and ready to go complete with tie-ons!