I’m so excited to share another crochet tutorial! I know a lot of you are learning crochet or dusting off that skill to keep your hands and minds busy during this time at home. I, for one, thought I would have so much extra time, but it just hasn’t turned out that way! What I need to do for my business day-to-day hasn’t slowed and Jeff and the boys are home, which requires more help on schoolwork, cooking, feeding, and tidying-up. We’ve also been more intentional about spending quality time together – playing games, going on walks, and just paying attention to one another. Teen and pre-teen boys aren’t the best at expressing themselves, so them asking you to come watch them do pull-ups might be their way of asking for reassurance. In a way, this time has been so sweet. We haven’t been running from one thing to the next and we’ve had the time and the desire to draw close and do more together.
There has, of course, been the squabbling and cabin fever! I don’t want you to think we have a picturesque quarantine happening here 24/7. There are times we’re annoyed with each other and we’re all struggling to discover the temporary new normal. But, even with those lower points, we’re making good memories. I hope you are finding that as well.
In today’s post, I’m sharing how to make a simple, farmhouse-style dishcloth with a scalloped/ruffled edge. I have made a few of them and they turned out so cute! They are simple to make, just using two stitches, so this is a good project for beginners.
Here are the supplies you will need…
- 5mm crochet hook – THIS is the pretty wood one I’m using
- Sugar n’ Cream 4ply cotton yarn in Ecru (NOT Soft Ecru) – HERE
- Scissors – HERE
- Tapestry needle – HERE is a set
- Safety pins or stitch markers – HERE
In this video, I show how to…
- make a slip knot around the hook to start
- make a foundation chain
- half-double crochet
- double crochet
- turn your work to make rows
- mark your rows to keep your work straight
- make a scalloped edge, working in unconventional spaces
- weave in your ends and finish
If you’d like a PDF pattern, you can print or download it HERE.
Of course, you can make these in any color! And they work well for cleaning dishes, cleaning counters and surfaces, and using as washcloths.
Since we have a Type 1 Diabetic in the house, I am always pretty mindful of keeping high touch points, surfaces, and linens clean. For years, I opted to use paper towels for cleaning for that reason. I liked that they were disposable. But, I was just going through so many! It’s expensive and wasteful. While I still use paper towels for certain jobs, I use these dishcloths for all sorts of cleaning and, because I have so many and can always make more, I use them once (or for a day) and then throw them in the laundry basket to get washed with our next load of whites.
I loved the scalloped border! I might even go back and add it to a few of my other finished dishcloths.
If you’re interested, you can find more crochet tutorials below…
A few of my followers on Instagram have asked if we can “crochet together”, so we’re going to do just that, but open it up to anyone who wants to virtually get together.
This Friday, March 27, 2020, at 12:30 CST, Shaunna and I are going to host an Instagram Live that will be a modern take on an old-fashioned sewing circle. I’m going to work on one of these dishcloths and Shaunna is going to do a palette knife painting. You can bring whatever craft or task you want and join us. Really, you can just pay your bills with us if you just want some adult company! Both of us will do a little instruction and we plan to chat about hope, things we’re thankful for, what we’re learning, and the bright spots we’re seeing during this unprecedented time.
I think it will be a fun, encouraging diversion.
I hope to “see” you there!