Monday, April 22, 2019

Suzette Stitch Dishcloth

In honor of Earth Day, I'm sharing a dishcloth pattern.   I like using 100% cotton cloths in the kitchen and bathroom.  Once they start looking a little dingy, I use them as reusable paper towels for cleaning, wiping and other chores.  The old ones are stored in a pretty basket under my sink.  When they get really grungy, they are sent to the rag box in the garage for outdoor chores.  Eco-Friendly!

I have been trying the past few years to make less of an impact on the environment through my choices in shopping and my use of disposable products at home.

This is one of my favorite patterns.  Once you try it, you will see why.  The Suzette Stitch gives a nicely textured solid dishcloth.  It's a simple combination of single crochet and double crochet, which makes it easy for beginners.

Supplies:
Cotton Yarn 75-100yards
Size H Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations:
Chain = ch
Double Crochet = dc
Single Crochet = sc
Stitch = st
Hook = hk

Pattern:
  • Chain 28 
  • Row 1: sc & dc in the second ch from the hk, skip one ch, (sc & dc in next, skip one ch) repeat across, sc in last ch, ch 1 turn
  • Row 2:  sc & dc in the first st skip one st, (sc & dc in next, skip one st) repeat across, sc in last st, ch 1 turn
  • Repeat row 2 until dishcloth is square or desired size.  Weave in ends using the yarn needle. 
Notes: To resize this dishcloth or to use the Suzette Stitch for another project, use an even number in the starting chain.

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 Happy Stitching!
💗 Grandma Duck 💗

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Starfish Dishcloth


Are you ready for summer?  As I sit looking out my window at the remnants of the April snowstorm, I'm a little anxious for some warmer weather or a quick trip to the ocean.  In the meantime, I'll just make a few more of these fun dishcloths and imagine the sounds of a warm afternoon at the beach.

This beautiful Starfish Dishcloth was my first attempt at crocheting something that wasn't square, rectangular or round.  I don't know why I waited so long!  It was so much easier than I thought it would be.  There is a cupcake shaped dishcloth that is next on my list.  Stay tuned for more fun patterns.

The pattern comes from Red Heart: Starfish Dishcloths

 Happy Stitching!
💗 Grandma Duck 💗


Friday, April 12, 2019

Mesh Dishcloth

If you know one thing about me after reading my blog it might be that I make a lot of dishcloths!  You would be right - I certainly do!  I enjoy crafting practical things like blankets, hats, and scarves.  But my favorite thing to crochet is dishcloths.  I also like to use dishcloths to test new stitches or stitch combinations.

This pattern came from my mom's friend about twenty years ago.  I don't know what this stitch is called or who (if anyone!) to give credit for the design.  If you happen to know the stitch name please let me know.

The finished product has a bit of stretch and drapes nicely.  It's perfect for wiping counters.

Close up of the stitches
Supplies:
Cotton yarn
Crochet hook size G or H
Yarn needle

Stitches:
Chain = ch
Single Crochet = sc
Chain Space = ch-sp

Pattern: Mesh Dishcloth
Chain 28
Row 1: sc in the fourth ch from the hook, (ch 2, skip one ch, sc in next) repeat across row, turn.
Row 2: ch 3, sc in the first ch-sp, ch 2 (sc in next ch-sp, ch 2) repeat across row, sc in last ch-sp, turn.
Repeat row 2 until the desired size.

To increase or decrease the finished size, chain any even number.

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 Happy Stitching!
💗 Grandma Duck 💗
  


Spring Gingham Dishcloth

Sometimes I see a pattern and just have to drop my current project and make it.  Or sometimes I need a break from a large project.  This week it was both!  I saw this adorable dishcloth and just had to try one.  Plus, I needed a break from the big project I'm working on.  I needed that feeling of accomplishing something.  This pattern is well written and includes both written and video instruction.


I love how this dishcloth turned out!  The only thing I didn't like was weaving in 26 (YES 26!) ends.  Next time, I will use two skeins of white and carry those up the sides to eliminate some of the ends. I think it took me longer to weave in the ends than construct the dishcloth.

Isn't it PRETTY??!?!  I will definitely be making more of these.  Now I need to find more pairs of light and dark cotton yarn in the same color.

Pattern: Spring Gingham Dishcloth by Left in Knots

 Happy Stitching!
💗 Grandma Duck 💗

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Northern Lights Winter Hat

Last fall I designed and made the Northern Lights Winter Scarf.  It was perfect for the cold Minnesota winter. (And this winter was particularly cold and snowy!)  I wanted to create a hat to match the scarf's texture but was unsure how to accomplish that.  Could the Lemon Peel stitch be done in the round?  Would it work in the increasing rows?  I set out to try!  With a few minor adjustments, yes, you can do the Lemon Peel stitch in the round!

I'll share a little secret with you -- I was so excited about how the hat turned out that I wore it for several hours after I finished it.   Don't laugh, but I was in the house, watching a movie and wearing my spiffy new hat.  Call me a nerd!

Supplies:
Size 5 Yarn, approximately 100 yards (I used Premier Serenity in Majesty- 1 skein)
Crochet Hook size N (10 mm)
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker

Stitches:
ch = ch
dc = Double crochet
sc = Single Crochet
sl st = sl st

Pattern notes: Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch in each round. This is a variation of the Lemon Peel stitch, done in the round.  Throughout the pattern, alternate sc and dc stitches.

Row 1: ch 2, make the following 8 stitches in the second ch from the hook: dc, sc, dc, sc, dc, sc, dc, sc, join with a sl st.  (8 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2, dc and sc in the same stitch, dc and sc in the next and in each stitch around, join with a sl st.  (16 stitches)

Row 3: ch 1, sc and dc in the same stitch, sc in next, dc and sc in next, dc in next (sc and dc in next stitch, sc in next, dc and sc in next, dc in next) repeat 2 more times join with sl st (24 stitches)

Row 4: ch 2, dc and sc in the same stitch, dc in next, sc in next (dc and sc in next, dc in next, sc in next) repeat 6 more times join with a sl st (32 stitches)

Row 5: ch 1, sc and dc in the same stitch, sc in next, dc in next, sc in next, dc and sc in next, dc in next, sc in next,  dc in next, (sc and dc in next, sc in next, dc in next sc in next, dc and sc in next, dc in next, sc in next,  dc in next ) repeat 2 times (40 stitches)

Row 6: ch 2, dc and sc in the same stitch, dc in next, sc in next, dc in next, sc in next (dc and sc in next, dc in next, sc in next, dc in next, sc in next) repeat 6 more times, join with a sl st (48 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in the same stitch, dc in next, (sc in next, dc in next) repeat alternating sc, dc around join with sl st (48 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 2, dc in the same stitch, sc in next, (dc in next, sc in next) repeat alternating dc, sc around, join with sl st (48 stitches)

Rows 9-17 repeat rows 7 then 8.

Row 18: sc in blo around, join with sl st.  Fasten and weave in ends.

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 Happy Stitching!
💗 Grandma Duck 💗

Monday, April 1, 2019

Goal Progress: March

March was an amazing month for Grandma Duck Designs!  My Dreaming of Spring Dishcloth pattern that I entered into the Hookin On Humpday - A Yarn Linky Party sponsored by Moogly and  Petals to Picots was the most clicked on pattern during the two weeks.  Then it was featured on their blogs and on their Facebook pages.  It generated a ton of traffic to my blog! 

My productivity was down in March but I'm back full force and feeling ultra-creative!

My craft related 2019 goals include the following:
  • Crochet, knit, or sew fifty items.  
    • March: 3 washcloths and one blanket.  Watch for a post soon about the blanket, you'll love it!
    • Total projects year to date: 32
  • Blog twenty-five times.
    • This is my 25th blog post!
    • I've set a new goal of fifty posts for the year.  Hang on to your hats!
  • Design 12 crochet patterns.
    • Design twenty-five graphghans or graphghan block patterns.
      • Total Year-To-Date: 47
      •  I've set a new goal here too, 100 designs!  Can I do it?
    • Blog update: 
      • 2,949 total page views, 1,802 of them in March.  
      • I have some fun blogs posts planned, including some non-dishcloth post.  
    • Other items:
      • I started an Instagram account.  I have no clue what to do with it though.  
      • Grandma Duck is working on some collaboration with other designers.  More to come on this soon.

         Happy Crafting!
        💗 Grandma Duck 💗