Designer Kathleen Stuart wrote: My name is Kathleen Stuart and I learned to crochet when I was ten and have been crocheting and designing crochet ever since.
I started my “career” in crochet in 1991 after reading about crochet designs wanted for a crochet magazine. I was amazed that my first design was accepted! I design as a hobby. My four children are my inspiration for many designs. I love to crochet stuffed animals and toys, along with afghans and other items. I enjoy using whimsy in many of my designs. My designs have been in many crochet magazines and books over the years.
I am a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and enjoy attending my local chapter, South Bay Crochet. I love the opportunity that I have had to meet many of the crochet “greats” with this group.
I joined the dishcloth challenge for several reasons. The first reason is that I love to make things for charity. The second reason is that I love a challenge!
I live in San Jose, California with my husband, Harold.
I love playing around with stitch patterns. One day I was looking at a pattern called a Catherine’s Wheel and noticed that I could do variations on the theme. I did two variations – one that made the different colors look like rows of polka dots and the other gives the illusion of a ripple. I sold these stitch variations as different sized afghans. The polka dot variation is in the book : 50 Sensational Crochet Afghans and Throws (Needlecraft Shop) as Happy Cartwheels. The ripple is in the book Quick Stitch Crochet (Needlecraft Shop) as Catherine Wheel Afghan. For the dishcloths, I have changed borders and/or stripe pattern.
Thank you for joining the Dishcloth-a-Day Challenge Kathleen and for sharing your story and talent with us.
Catherine Wheel Ripple Dishcloth
Original Design By: Kathleen Stuart
Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon
Size: About 8” wide and 10” long.
Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn:
Blue – 1½ oz, 75 yds (45 g, 68 m)
Yellow – ½ oz, 25 yds (15 g, 24 m)
Orange – ½ oz, 25 yds (15 g, 24 m)
Green – ½ oz, 25 yds (15 g, 24 m)
(Lily Sugar ‘n Cream – Hot Blue #1742, Yellow #10, Hot Orange #1628, Hot Green #1712)
Crochet Hook: Size J-10 (6.00 mm)
Beginning Cluster (uses first 4 sts): * yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * 3 times more, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook.
Cluster (uses next 7 sts): * yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * 6 times more, yo and draw through all 8 loops on hook.
End Cluster (uses last 4 sts): * yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * 3 times more, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook.
Row 1: (Right Side) With Blue, ch 32; sc in 2nd ch from hook, (sc in next ch) across. (31 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn; sc in first 2 sc, (skip next 3 sc, 7 dc in next sc, skip next 3 sc, sc in next 3 sc) across, ending with sc in last 2 sc. (3 dc-groups)
Row 3: Ch 2, turn; Beginning Cluster, (ch 3, sc in next 3 sts, ch 3, Cluster)across to last 4 sts, End Cluster.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn; sc in first st (End cluster), sc in next ch, (skip next 2 ch, skip next sc, 7 dc in next sc (middle sc of 3-sc group), skip next sc, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch, sc in next cluster, sc in next ch) across, ending with sc in last 2 sts.
At the end of Row 4, change color to Yellow.
Rows 5-6: With Yellow, rep Rows 3-4.
At the end of Row 6, change color to Blue. Finish off Yellow and weave in ends.
Rows 7-8: With Blue, rep Rows 3-4.
At the end of Row 8, change color to Orange.
Rows 9-10: With Orange, rep Rows 3-4.
At the end of Row 10, change color to Blue. Finish off Orange and weave in ends.
Rows 11-12: With Blue, rep Rows 3-4.
At the end of Row 12, change color to Green.
Rows 13-14: With Green, rep Rows 3-4.
At the end of Row 14, change color to Blue. Finish off Green and weave in ends.
Rows 15-16: With Blue, rep Rows 3-4.
Row 17: Rep Row 3.
Row 18: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. DO NOT FINISH OFF.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn, 3 sc in first sc, (sc in next sc) across to last sc, 3 sc in last sc; * working in sides of rows, evenly sc across rows *; working in unused lps of starting ch, 3 sc in first ch, (sc in next ch) across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch; rep from * to *; join with sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.
All Rights Reserved ©2011 Maggie Weldon