A few weeks ago Lynne, the mom of Dinah, Bridget and Elliot, from Dip-Dip and The Bridge posted a tutorial for a crochet dish cloth. Her goal was to encourage some of us that haven’t tried crochet or those who maybe haven’t done it in a while to give it a go. She wanted our endeavors to sound official so she is calling the group “The Blogsville Ladies Crochet Society” and came up with this cute badge too. I am sure men would be welcome to join us, but I bet none have tried so far.
As a child I remember both of my grandmother’s doing crochet among other crafty things. I probably picked up a crochet hook at some point, but it was never anything I stuck with. After seeing some of the amazing things Lynne and her friend Melissa, Archies mom from Life is Art…Art is Life, create with crochet I have been tempted to try my hand at this craft. When Lynne offered her tutorial for the dish cloth I couldn’t resist.
I popped over to one of our local yarn shops to look for the right supplies. Lynne suggested that we use 100% cotton which wasn’t something this yarn shop had a lot of. I found a couple of skeins of yarn that I thought would also work in my kitchen, found the right crochet hook (with some help from the staff) and was on my way.
I started working with this variegated yarn and quickly realized that it helped me keep track of what I was doing. Since the color changes were so short it made it easier to see which step I was on. Step one in the picture above was to push the hook through the next loop on the row you just finished. As you can see the trailing yarn is green and the loop I pushed through was yellow.
After you push through that first loop you loop the green part of the yarn over the hook and pull it through the yellow loop so you have the two green loops on your hook.
The next step is to loop the green yarn around the hook again and then pull it through both loops so you end up with just one loop on the hook again like the above picture. Since I was almost always pushing the hook through a different color yarn for that first step it made it easier to tell which step I was on.
Since I picked out two colors of yarn I decided to add the trim that Lynne had in her tutorial. You can’t really see it in the above photo, but the first one I made, this variegated one, has a bit of a flub in one of the first few rows. I think adding the trim helped to camouflage it.
I did a much neater job on this yellow cloth and I love how they both turned out. The two color yarns work well together and look good in my kitchen.
I can’t wait to get started on our next project. I found that it was nice to have the crochet project to work on while the embroidery machine was stitching away. Thanks Lynne for starting me on a new addiction. I think I am hooked on hooking!