I think I might be having a minor OCD episode. I can't seem to stop crocheting! I've had this hobby since I was a young child making lopsided blankets for my dollies, scarves for my teddy, and pillows for myself. I sure wish wearing doilies as sweaters was fashionable, because I'd be SET. I made about 100 of them in college.
(Mom, Dad, close your eyes and skip to the next paragraph please) When I was working on an afghan for my grandma, I used to actually skip classes to work on it! If it wasn't for the crocheting and that hot guy in Mechanics of Materials? I'm sure I could have gotten an A instead of a B. But then my grandma wouldn't have that afghan. And I wouldn't be married to that hot guy.
I KNOW - I was such a wild college girl. I wonder if I'd have any takers if I could figure out a way to crochet a "Girls Gone Wild Over Crocheting" sweater? Yeah. Probably not.
Good grief. How old am I anyway? 102?
So, as you can see, I've been sewing my crazy fingers to the bone recently. I'm determined to clear out my craft room. I have so many supplies for various projects, they literally fill an entire room in my house. It seems the OCD flares up every time I walk into a craft store too.
I found the most excellent pattern for making dishcloths, and I thought I'd share. This makes a cloth that's about 9 1/2 inches square, it washes up beautifully, and even keeps it's shape after washing and drying. If you're new to dishcloths, you'll need to pick up some 100% cotton yarn. One popular brand is "Peaches -n- Cream" or something like that.
Who knows - if the economy keeps going like this, maybe I'll be bartering my crochet work. What do you think I'll be able to get for a hand-made teddy bear? A sack of potatoes, maybe?
Anyhoo - here's the pattern:
Chain 34 loosely
Row 1: Dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn; sc in first dc, ch 2, skip next dc, sc in sp before next dc, ch 2, ** skip next 2 dc, sc in sp before next dc, ch 2; repeat from ** across to last 2 st, sc in top of beginning ch.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn; dc in first ch-2 sp, 2 dc in each ch-2 sp across to last ch-2 sp, dc in last ch-2 sp, dc in last sc.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is approximately square.
You can leave it as is, or you can sew a border for a more finished look. I do a simple dc border all the way around the edges, taking care to evenly space the stitches to avoid ruffling or puckering. Sew 3 stitches in each corner to make the turn. If the piece "cups" after making the turn, rip back to the corner and add a corner stitch. I frequently have to do 4 stitches in the corner.