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Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths

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Easy crochet dishcloth pattern

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths

It’s almost the end of the school year and I’ve been thinking about what sort of thank you gifts to give my daughter’s teachers and instructors (school, piano, dance, baseball, etc.). I’m all about homemade gifts when at all possible so I settled on making a crochet dishcloth. There are lots of free crochet dishcloth patterns online, but I wanted to make my own unique one.

For the past 2 months, I’ve been taking pottery classes, learning how to use the potter’s wheel. I’ve also started making handmade soap on a regular basis which we now use every day in our household (check out my post on how to make Natural Calendula Soap here).

A crochet dishcloth pattern combines all my projects.

I’m giving them each a beautiful handmade soap dish with my own soap and a thick durable crochet washcloth. They’re made out of single crochet, which forms a tight thick fabric. The single crochet stitch is great for a project like this.

This crochet dishcloth pattern is about as easy as it gets – a perfect pattern for beginners. You only need to know 2 easy crochet stitches, the chain stitch and how to single crochet.

I’ve been really excited about these crochet scrubbies and gifts because they are all things I’ve put my heart into.  Hopefully, these handmade crochet gifts will reflect my gratitude to all the people who help teach and shape my daughter.

 

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton Yarn – Knit One Crochet Two (2 balls at a time)
  • Crochet Hook – US L/8 mm.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Directions:

Ch = chain, sc = single crochet (U.S.)

Hold both ends of yarn together (you will be crocheting with them as is they are one the entire time), make a slip stitch and chain 20 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain (feel free to make the cloth bigger or smaller just by increasing or decreasing the number of chains in your foundation chain).

Row 1: 1sc the second stitch from the hook and then in each stitch along the chain until the end. Once you reach the end, chain 1 and then turn.

Row 2: 1sc in every stitch until you reach the end. Chain 1, turn your work.

Repeat row 2 until you’ve made a square (you can tell if you’ve made a square by folding the cloth in half diagonally.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

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easy to make crochet dishcloth

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket – a great pattern for beginners.

There’s still a nip in the air at this is the time of year, so it’s a perfect time to grab a cozy blanket and cuddle up on the couch with a good book.

I was getting a bit bored of always making baby hats so I decided I needed a new project. When my daughter Noelle saw me looking at blanket ideas she begged me to make her a blanket.  I knew Noelle would really enjoy and appreciate a blanket that I made just for her. So I formulated a plan and took Noelle to the store to pick out some yarn. She picked out this fun and colorful yarn by Bernat that’s super chunky and has great colors.  I also picked up a size P/11.5mm crochet hook and went to town on my newest project.

This blanket was inspired by Melanie Ham’s “Easy Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Tutorial” on YouTube. 

This blanket is super easy and crochet’s up really quickly. I’m not a fast crocheter and it took me a little less than a week to finish it off. Noelle loved the finished blanket and uses it all the time now. It’s great because its cozy without being too warm. I’ve used this blanket on occasion myself and it really is the best of both worlds.

My finished blanket is 44″ x 55″ which is the perfect size for my daughter.

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket Pattern 

Materials:

  • Hook: U.S. P/11.5mm
  • Size 5 Bulky Weight Yarn – Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn – 4 x 300 grams balls (255 yds) in Peachy. 
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (U.S. terminology)

If you choose to make this blanket smaller or larger, for the initial chain, make in multiples of 6. For example 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72. etc.

Ch 60.

Row 1: In the 4th stitch from the hook, *2dc, skip a ch,* repeat until at end of row with 1 dc in the last chain. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3. 1 dc in first ch, *skip 1 st, 2 dc in the next st* and repeat until the end of the row with 1dc in the top of the turning chain (making sure the 2 dc should be in between the “v” stitches from the first row). Turn.

Row 3 – 50: Repeat Row 2

Fasten off.

ADDING FRINGE

When adding the fringe, cut the yarn to about double the length you want the fringe to be (mine were 8 inches each total length). Fold your yarn in half and take the side with the loop and push it through the gap on each side of the 2 dc along the border of your blanket. Then get the side with the loose ends of the yarn and pull them tightly through the loop to secure. Continue until both ends of your blanket have fringe across the entire width of the blanket.

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

Quick and Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

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Striped Pinched Crochet Headband

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Striped Pinched Crochet Headband

Striped Pinched Crochet Headband

Striped Pinched Crochet Headband – I admit it, I’m a big wimp when it comes to cold weather. I actually moved to Vancouver Island, an area that many consider the most mild climate in Canada, just to escape the frigid cold. While the majority of the winter we manage to elude the cold weather, we do get the occasional day below zero degrees (Celsius). Today I thought I’d show you all my Striped Pinched Crochet Headband I made for my daughter.  She’s not a big fan of hats so this is a good alternative for her and I know it will keep her precious little ears toasty warm.  This is a really easy pattern, something you can make in an hour or two.

Materials:

  • Medium/Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors  (colors A, B and C) – I used Red Heart Soft yarn
  • Crochet Hook – US J10/6.00mm (if you want a tighter look to the stitches use a slightly smaller crochet hook)
  • Button of your choice
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

  1. Measure the head size of the person you’re making the headband for.
  2. With color A, make a chain (by using the chain stitch) that is 1″ shorter than the person’s head size (do not stretch the chain to measure it).  Make sure you keep a loose tension while making the chain.
  3. Once you’ve got the correct length chain, check that the chain hasn’t twisted and then join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
  4. Round 2: dc in every chain until you’re completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
  5. Round 3: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  6. Round 4: change to color C, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  7. Round 5: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  8. Round 6: change to color A, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  9. Round 7: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  10. Round 8: change to color C, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  11. Round 9: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  12. Round 10: change to color A, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  13. Round 11: continue with color A, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  14. Bind off and weave in the ends.
  15. Determine where you want your button. Turn the headband inside out, pinch the middle rows together (approximately rounds 3-9) and then sew them together with your color B yarn.
  16. Sew the button on top of the pinched area. Weave in and trim any loose ends.
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Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart

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Crochet Symbols and Directions chart with US & UK terminology.

Crochet Symbols and Directions chart with US & UK terminology.

Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart – As you all know by now, I’ve been really getting into crochet over the past year or so.  I still consider myself a newbie and I’m trying to learn new stitches and designs whenever I can find the time.  To this point I’ve only followed written directions and whenever I’ve come across patterns with all those weird symbols I’ve immediately discarded the pattern without even attempting to understand it.  Recently I came across a YouTube video that showed a woman crocheting but she also showed how she followed the symbol pattern – even though it was in a different language, I totally got the drift and realized that theses patterns aren’t as scary as they seem. After doing a little more research I realized that I couldn’t find any really great symbol reference charts.  I started pulling a collection together from what I could find and before you I knew it I had created a pretty comprehensive crochet symbols and directions chart.

I also tried to address the issue of US vs. UK terminology by putting the correct name for each symbol with a little flag beside to indicate what that symbol is called depending on whether its a US or UK pattern. I hope you’ll find this crochet symbols and direction chart helpful.  Now maybe you’ll decide to given patterns written in symbols a second chance, I know I will.

Finally, you’re relatively new to crocheting and would like some further instruction before attempting a crochet project, with or without a crochet pattern, I highly recommend some of the fabulous online crochet classes at Craftsy.

Download your crochet symbols and directions chart here.

If anyone notices any errors in this chart please let me know, I may have missed something. Thanks.

To make things even easier for you, here’s a great YouTube video that explains how to read symbol charts.

I also recommend that you keep this amazing book on hand whenever you’re crocheting: A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter

Crochet symbols and directions chart with US and UK terminology

Crochet symbols and directions chart with US and UK terminology

 

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