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Even Berry stitch dishcloth pattern.

At this time of year a lot of my crochet time is spent making small items for sale. This has a risk of becoming boring, but one item I never tire of making is dishcloths! This pattern is for an aran weight dishcloth in a lovely textured stitch called Even Berry stitch.

You will need 1 x 50g ball of aran weight cotton yarn. I use Rico creative cotton (aran) or Scheepjes Cahlista, both of which are 85m long. The pattern will use a whole ball, and if your yarn has less yardage than this I would suggest decreasing the stitch and row numbers by two to allow for this. The pattern is written in UK crochet terms. I used a 5mm crcohet hook, which gave me a tension of approximatesly 16 stitches and 16 rows for 10cm.

ch = chain
dc = double crochet (sc/us)
YO = yarn over

Start with a chain of 30, then dc 29 stitches for the first row.

Row 2. 1 dc 1 berry stitch to end of row. You should end on a dc. Don’t worry at this stage that your berries don’t ‘pop’ out. It is actually the next row that pushes them into place.

Row 3 and all odd rows: dc across

Row 4 and all even rows: 1 dc 1 berry stitch to end of row, ending in a dc.

You should have a cloth that is 14 berries wide, so continue until it is 14 berries long, ending with a row of dc.

Now start the border: dc approximately 30 stitches along each side and end of the dishcloth, with 2 dc in the corner stitches. Repeat so you have 2 rows of dc as a border.

Fasten off and sew in the ends and that’s it!

I am sure you will enjoy making it. I think it could be used equally well as a face cloth, and I would be delighted to hear how you get on, and what you choose to use it for.

Happy crocheting.

A spring in my step

This little parcel of goodies is on its way to a friend, who commissioned them as a baby gift.

Elephant in Scheepjes stonewash XL ‘coral’ (856), Top knot baby hat in Stylecraft Batik elements ‘magnesium’ (1940) and wash cloth in even berry stitch in Rico creative cotton aran ‘corn’ (25).

I love the non-traditional baby colours, and I think they look quite spring-like.

January blues

This is not a reference to my current mood, but to the co-incidence that I have spent part of January practising new crochet stitches and turning them into blue dishcloths!

The top and bottom dishcloths are in a stitch called ‘Urchin’ published as a free pattern by Bendigo Woollen mills which I have to thank StitchNSew for introducing me to. You create a simple loop of (UK) dc, ch2, dc into alternate chains of the starting chain, and then repeat this, working into the loops of the row below. It creates a very elastic fabric, which seems well suited to its intended role! I modified the pattern slightly by ending each row with a (UK) dc, which straightened the edges out a bit, and I made a final row of dc into the ch2 stitches to even out the top edge. Mine was made with a 5mm hook for the starting chain and 4.5mm hook for the remainder. The stretchiness of the stitch definitely needs a looser starting chain, or you could do a chainless starting row. The yarn is Rico creative cotton aran in Petrol and Sky blue, and a 28 stitch wide cloth took exactly 1 ball of yarn.

The middle dishcloth is in a stitch called ‘Even moss stitch’. There are some good videos on Youtube for this stitch, notably by Daisy Farm crafts and Bella Coco. This stitch alternates (UK) htr stitches with slip stitches, repeating the pattern each row to create a ‘stack’ of half trebles on top of each other. The raised diagonals of the pattern are the third strand of the half treble stitch left behind on each row. Mine was made with a 5mm hook. The yarn is Rico creative cotton aran in Turquoise, and a 32 stitch wide cloth took exactly 1 ball of yarn.

For both dishcloths I stopped crocheting once the cloth was square and finished off with a border of (UK) dc until I ran out of yarn.

300th post give-away

This has been creeping up on me for a while and I wanted to mark it in some way. The local knitters shop is only open during the summer so round about this time of year I get a break-down of what has sold during the season. I have put this season’s sales into a bar chart (!) but I haven’t labelled the bars. The best selling items (in alphabetical order) are: crabs, dishcloths, jellyfish and spiders.

But which did I sell most of?

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling me which item you think is the best-selling. If you guess correctly I will put your name in a hat and my trustworthy husband will pick out one winner, who will receive that item as their prize. If you win I would like you to acknowledge your prize on some form of social media (e.g. a blog, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook post) with a link back to my blog. I am willing to post anywhere in the world so don’t be put off if you don’t live in the UK – let’s spread some crochet happiness!

Oh – and we had better set a closing date. What about the end of November 2017 which, by co-incidence, marks the 5th anniversary of me taking up crochet!