This dishcloth incorporates a Tunisian mitred square with stripes and a crochet lace border. It is quick and simple. Done with a 6.5 mm hook it makes a pretty addition to any kitchen or bathroom.
You will need:
- 1 skein Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, Robin’s Egg
- 1 skein Bernat Cotton Twists I used the leftovers from last month’s Pinwheel Dishcloth, but you can use whatever cotton yarn you like as long as it is #4 weight.
- 6.5mm Tunisian hook
- 6.0mm regular hook
- Darning needle
- Stitch markers (optional)
The square is worked back and forth in rows. Each row consists of a forward and return pass.
Two colours are used to create a stripe pattern. If you don’t know how to change colours for striping, refer back to my Striped Dishcloth pattern.
The square is created by working an odd number of stitches and working three stitches together in the centre of each row on the forward pass. This is a TSS3tog (Tunisian Simple Stitch three together).
The lace is a basic shell pattern that normally requires a multiple of 4 but this square has an odd number of rows. In this case, you will be instructed to work as evenly as possible. This may mean fudging the numbers a little. I will provide photos of what I did.
With Robin’s Egg, chain 25. Starting with the second chain from the hook, pick up 25 loops. Work a standard return pass, switching to the second colour when there are two loops left on the hook.
Next row: Work in TSS until you have 11 loops on the hook. Work TSS3tog, TSS across. 23 loops on the hook. Switch colours on the return pass as established.
Next row: Work in TSS until you have 10 loops on the hook. Work TSS3tog, TSS across. 21 loops on the hook. Switch colours on the return pass as established.
Continue like this, switching colours on each row and decreasing in the centre, until the last row has just two stitches left. Yarn over and draw through both loops, fasten off.
Weave in the ends of your square.
(Please note, the photos will show the work from left to right, abbreviated as LR in captions, because I am left-handed. If you are right handed, it will be the same, just coming from the opposite direction).
Remember, you will have to fudge your trim a bit because there are an odd number of rows. It may be helpful to use stitch markers to mark out where you will put stitches.
Decide which colour you will use for trim. I used the Twist. Using regular hook, attach to any corner and working a beginning increase shell: chain 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), then work dc, ch 1, sc in same corner stitch.
Now work down the side of your square:
Skip three rows/stitches and place a sc in the next row/stitch. Skip three rows/stitches and work a shell (2 dc, ch 1, 2dc) in next row/stitch. Skip three rows/stitches and work a sc in the next stitch.
Now place a corner shell in the corner of your square: (dc, ch1) 4 times, dc in corner.
Work down the other sides of your square as you did above.
Work corner shells in the other corners as you did above. When you get to the beginning increase shell that began this round, work: (dc, ch 1) twice, joining to 3rd chain of starting ch 4 with ss.
In central dc of corner shell, create a half shell by working 2 dc. In second chain space of corner increase shell, work a sc. Work shell in next sc, and sc in the chain space of the next shell, shell in sc.
In next increase shell work: sc in first chain space, shell in central dc, sc in last chain space.
Along the next side edge of square, work shell in sc, sc in chain space of shell, shell in sc.
Work the remaining sides as established and work the corner shells as established. When you get to the last beginning shell, work: 2c, ch 1, join with ss to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Cut yarn, weave in ends.
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