Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dishcloth/Washcloth/ Coaster diagonal ribbed - Free pattern: written instructions and chart



A crochet dishcloth/washcloth or even a coaster, your choice! A good way to use up your leftover yarns and to try a new pattern stitch. The finished cloth as written is about 14,5 cm/ 15 cm. 


Materials:
- cotton yarn Carina (summer yarn)
(You can use only one solid color and the diagonal ribbing will be clear. If you use 2 or more colors you will obtain interesting jacquard patterns. When using  2 colors, alternate the colors after each second row; if you use 3 colors as i did, alternate the 3 colors after each row)
- 3 mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle to sew in the ends.

Stitches, terms (US) and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
ssc: standing single crochet; see the Tutorial by Ms. Micawber 
fsc: foundation single croche; see the Tutorial by Moogly 
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet
bpdc: back post double crochet
sk: skip
(….) x : repeat the sequence of stitches between the brackets the number of time specified in the pattern

Notes:
The dishcloth it is worked in rows, turning the piece after each row, only the border it will be work in the round.
The first row begins with ch3, that will be counted as a stitch.
All the next rows are starting with ch2, that will be counted as a stitch.
After row 5, each row will be a repeat of the row placed 4 rows bellow:
row 6 as row 2;
row 7 as row 3;
row 8 as row 4;
row 9 as row 5;
row 10 as row 6 (as row 2), etc.
If you think it is necessary, place a stitch marker at the end of each 4th. row, so you know where a new pattern repeat begins and it will be also easier to count the rows.
If you use more than one color, carry the yarns from row to row; do not cut yarns)!

Pattern:
I made 2 versions: one detailed and other simplified for a better visualisation of the stitches order. The simplified version and the chart at the end.

Chain 38.
Row 1: skip 3ch (count as the first dc), work 1dc into next ch and 1dc into each ch across. Turn (36 sts)

Row 2: ch2 (count as the first dc), (1fpdc round each of the next 2 sts, 1bpdc round each of the next 2 dc)x8 times, 1fpdc round each of next 2 st, 1dc into the top of the ch3. Turn

Row 3: ch2, 1bpdc round next st, (1fpdc round each of the next 2sts, 1bpdc round each of next 2 sts) x8 times, 1fpdc round next st, 1dc into top of ch2. Turn

Row 4: ch2, 1bpdc round each of next 2sts, (1fpdc round each of next 2sts, 1bpdc round each of next 2sts) x 8 times, 1dc into top of ch2. Turn

Row 5: ch2, 1fpdc round next st, (1bpdc round each of the next 2sts, 1fpdc round each of next 2 sts) x 8 times, 1bpdc round next st, 1dc into top of ch2. Turn
Repeat rows 2-5 till you reach 23 rows.
Cut yarn.

Simplified version of the 4 rows to repeat. Keep in mind that there is just an order, and not 2 stitches worked in same stitch!

Row 2: ch2, (2fpdc, 2bpdc) x 8 times, 2fpdc, 1dc into top of ch2.
Row 3: ch2, 1bpdc, (2fpdc, 2bpdc) x 8 times, 1fpdc, 1dc into top of ch2.
Row 4: ch2, 2bpdc, (2fpdc, 2bpdc)x8 times, 1dc into top of ch2.
Row 5: ch2, 1fpdc, (2bpdc, 2fpdc) x 8 times, 1bpdc, 1dc into top of ch2.

Border:
Join yarn with a standing single crochet (ssc) in a corner and work 1sc in each stitch around, for the sides work 1sc around the ch2 bars and 2sc around the dc bars, if necessary make an extra stitch for the corners, sl st into the top of the beginning ssc. Don't cut yarn if you want to continue with the loop.

The loop:


Work 14 foundation single crochet, join in the corner. Cut yarn. Sew in the lose ends.


The charted pattern:



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