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Free pattern Friday: Dishcloths

Dishcloths are the perfect way to try out a new stitch pattern. If you are looking for something new, break out your stitch pattern book or borrow one from your local library. Grab a skein of inexpensive cotton yarn like Sugar ‘n Cream, and stitch up a 9 to 10 inch square and you have a dishcloth. The great thing about the dishcloth is that if your stitching is not perfect or even, nobody will see it. You can practice the pattern over several dishcloths until you get it right. In the meantime, you have reusable and very functional kitchen accessories.

Crochet Dandy Dishcloths by Red Heart Yarns

Learn how to do a three-double-crochet cluster with this pattern. It calls for Red Heart’s Eco-cotton blend yarn but any worsted weight cotton yarn will do. That’s a size four with the new scale. This pattern is suitable for a confident beginner or any beginner who knows how to chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet.

Starfish Dishcloth by Red Heart Yarns

This pattern is for the experienced crocheter who is familiar with motifs. It is ranked intermediate to advanced. These cute starfish shaped dishcloths will expand your skill set to include shaped motifs. Advanced artists will be able to take this pattern and enlarge it to make pillows or to use the pattern as a motif for an afghan. Skills include working in rounds, using stitch markers, cluster stitches and creating motifs. The pattern creates really cute dishcloths that are perfect for summer time or maybe for a beach house.

CrissCross Dishcloth by Zula

Beginners can hone in on their double and single crochet skills with a set of these crisscross dishcloths. Zula takes the basic double crochet stitch and turns it into a crossed double crochet. The result is an open stitch pattern that looks very difficult. This is a free pattern on Craftsy. To download the pattern you have to register, but registration is free and so is the pattern.

Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work and patterns for sale on Etsy and Craftsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.

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