Sunday, December 30, 2018

Crochet Kitchen Sponge

Several years ago, I crocheted a few circular kitchen scrubbies.  Mine have worn out and needed replacing.  I made my original ones using cotton yarn and tulle, but I recently discovered Red Heart Scrubby Yarn.  After a bit of searching, I found a pattern to try from Cute as a Button.  She designed her pattern to mimic a sponge that has a scrubby side.  Her instructions and tutorial are easy to follow.  This pattern is quick and beginner friendly.  I love how this turned out!

These sponges have become a family favorite.  They work great for cleaning and scrubbing.  After using, they can be washed, dried and reused.

Finished size is 3 1/2" X 5."  

Cotton Yarn: Sugar'n Cream Yellow
Red Heart Scrubby Yarn: Tropical
Crochet Hook size I
Yarn Needle

Crochet Stitches:
Half Double Crochet

Pattern and Step-By-Step Tutorial:
Cute As A Button: Crochet Kitchen Scrubby
Two finishing options are given in the pattern.  I whip stitched mine together.  

 Happy Crafting!
💗 Grandma Duck 💗

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sedge Stripe Dishcloth

One of my goals for 2019 is to try my hand at some crochet designing so I've been working on a few dishcloth/washcloth designs as a starting place.  I've actually designed four so far, but this one is my favorite!  It has a nice texture for scrubbing but isn't too thick.  If you try the pattern, please let me know by leaving a comment.  Stay tuned for more fun designs!

Stitches used:  SC, DC, HDC, Chain
Supplies: Size I crochet hook, cotton dishcloth yarn, scissors, yarn needle

Chain 29 (or a multiple of 3 +2),
Row 1: SC in the 2nd from the hook and across.  Chain 2, turn.
Row 2: DC across.  Chain 1, turn.
Row 3: SC across.   Chain 1, Turn,
Row 4: (Sedge Stitch) (sc, hdc, dc) in the first stitch, [skip 2 stitches, (sc, hdc, dc) in next stitch] repeat until there are 3 stitches remaining, sc in last sc, turn
Row 5: Sedge stitch row again.
Rows 6-10: Repeat rows 1-5
Rows 11-15: Repeat rows 1-5
Rows 16-20: Repeat rows 1-5
Rows 21-23: Repeat rows 1-3

Note: turning chain does not count as a stitch in the pattern.

You can also find it on Ravelry here: Sedge Stripe Dishcloth
Pin this pattern on Pinterest.

Happy Crafting!
💗 Grandma Duck 💗

Who is Grandma Duck?

First, I want to say a great big THANK YOU for stopping by to read my blog!

My name is Shelli and I'm a Minnesota girl!    For as long as I can remember, I've been involved in crafting.  I learned to sew, knit and crochet while I was in elementary school.  As an adult, I've tried various crafts, but my favorite mediums to work with continue to be yarn and fabric.  Over the past year, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and tried many new crochet patterns, techniques, and stitches.

When my granddaughter joined the family, I nicknamed her my duckling.  That makes me the Grandma Duck.  She gives me an excuse to try some new things.  I even made a crochet diaper for her baby doll this past fall.

This blog will chronical my crafting and designing journey, focusing mostly on crochet and sewing.  I'll share successes, failures, patterns I've designed and patterns designed by others.   I will also share an occasional photograph.  I"m an amateur photographer and working on learning how to use a new camera.    My favorite subjects to photograph are sunrises, nature, and my duckling.   This picture was taken near my house on an early winter morning.

Winter Sunrise Over the Lake

Happy Crafting!  
💗 Grandma Duck 💗