In my post, Crochet Update, I mentioned having decided to participate in the Wash Cloth Crochet Along hosted by Underground Crafter. My thinking is that I will be exposed to a lot of new techniques and stitches quickly. A help since it’s been at least 25 years since I last crocheted regularly.
The Crochet Along began on June 17th with a crocheted wash cloth pattern is to be released each week. Each pattern is provided by a different crochet designer. I’m already behind. So far five patterns have been released, and I have made one.
For my first endeavor, I chose the Color Block Washcloth created by Carolyn at the Purple Poncho.
It’s not perfect but I did learn two new stitches: the double crochet cluster V stitch and the half double crochet.
As you may have noticed in the photo, the washcloth narrows in the center. (It’s not designed that way.) The center is where the initial chain is. Once the first color half is made, you end off, then start the second color on the original chain. It’s pretty slick. But if I were to make it again, I’d make certain to make the chain a bit more loose.
I used the recommended yarn – Paint Box Yarns, Cotton DK. It was my first time crocheting with cotton. It seemed a bit “grippier” than the acrylic I am accustomed to. The pattern calls for a 4.0 mmm / US G hook. I used the G hook, but I kept feeling that I should be using a slightly larger hook.
The pattern did not call for a border, but I felt like it needed one. So I added the orange border.
My mom uses crocheted washcloths that were gifted to her by a family friend some time back. They’ve all seen better days. I passed this one along to her. She will probably get the ones that follow too.