Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My "Mouse Shadow" Dishcloth

This dishcloth is the reworked from the knitted one that I did last week. After I joined the ears to the face, I crocheted a row of single crochet stitches around the ears, thinking the ears were too small. I used a larger crochet hook on this one, and it was a bit easier. But I still wasn't completely happy with the final look.

For this dishcloth I changed both the size of hook and yarn (Lily's Sugar 'n Cream), since this is the yarn I will be using it for the rest of the dishcloths. After I finished this one, I started another and wrote the pattern down as I went, making a few changes as I did.


This is the one I am finally was pleased with. Below the photo, I included the pattern, it might be a bit hard to follow since I am not very experience at crocheting or writing crochet patterns. This one will work the best to take in my carry-on and on my trip to Walt Disney World. I only need to take a crochet hook, my yarn, and something to snip the yarn to work on this dishcloth.



Mouse Shadow Dishcloth

Materials:
Lily’s sugar and cream cotton yarn
Crochet Hook: Size J/10
One stitch marker (optional)
Tapestry needle

Directions:

Ears (Make 2)
Chain 4 and Sl st closed
Row 1: sc 8 stitches onto ring, Sl sl to close
Row 2: ch 1, (Counts as first sc) 2 sc into each (total of 16 stitches), Sl sti 1, (Do not turn)
Row 3: ch 2 (counts as first dc), 1 dc *1 dc, 2 dc*, until last stitch, end with 1 dc, Sl st,
Row 4: ch 2, 1 dc (counts as first dc), *1 dc, 2 dc*, leave an opening of 4 stitches.

(If you want larger ears, sc back around and adjust sc to keep circle flat.)

Secure stitch and leave enough yarn to use to join ear on large circle/face.

Large Circle/Face (Make 1)
Follow the same directions as for the ears, with the exception on Row 4, complete row, Sl st

Row 5: ch 2, (counts on first dc), 1 DC *1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC*, until last stitch, 1 DC, slip stitch, chain 1.
Row 6: Extended single crochet (ESC), adjusting for tension as you work the stitches, some places you may need to crochet 2 ESC, slip last stitch, secure, and weave in yarn tail.

Join ears with yarn tail from ears, leaving about 4 stitches between the ears. I used the whipstitch, using the entire stitch to secure.

Note: You may need to adjust the number of increases in each row that will work best for your tension and yarn. Adjust as you go if needed.

You can also add to each piece an extra row of sc, adjust each stitch to keep circle flat. One the ears, ch 1 after your Sl st and turn (leave your opening on the ears), and sc around to the opening, secure and leave enough yarn to use to join ears. You can also add a row or sc to the large circle if you want, just adjust as you go.

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2 comments:

Becka the Spoiled Knitter said...

OUTSTANDING!!!! I SO LOVE THEM!!!!

Robin said...

You're blogging again! Love the MM cloths!