THURSDAY DECEMBER 22, 2011
Designer Chris Bordner wrote: ” Been crocheting off and on for 45 years. I love learning new stitches so when the crocodile stitch came out, I was intrigued. True, it is similar to something we already knew, but the way it is used gets attention! After making a number of things with the crocodile stitch, it looked like it could handle some scrubbing as a dishcloth! This year has been a year of great sadness with several deaths in the family and two others diagnosed with kidney failure. I wanted to enter the Dishcloth Challenge for something positive to look back on 2011 for L. My dishcloth can be folded in half for one side to be a scrubber and the single crochet side to be a wiper. ”
Thank you Chris for joining the Dishcloth-A-Day Challenge!
Follow me on to #357 and the rest of the story…
Crocodile Scrub N Wipe Dishcloth
Original Design By: Chris Bordner
Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon
Size: About 8½” square
Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn: Green – 2 oz, 100 yds (60 g, 92 m) (Lily Sugar ‘n Cream)
Crochet Hook: Size G-6 (4.25 mm)
V-Stitch (v-st): (dc, ch 1, dc) in same st or sp indicated.
Tips: Make initial chain loose. The crocodile scales will stick out past the sides to make the cloth 8 inches wide in later rows. You may need to pull on the sides to straighten the cloth out when you do the first couple rows but as you continue the rows it will hold its shape on its own. Once you start the single crochet rows, you can keep going until the 2 ounce ball runs out without having to keep count of stitches or rows (mindless crochet while watching TV!)
Row 1: (Right Side) Ch 25 (loosely), dc in 5th ch from hook (skipped ch and dc count as first v-st), [skip next ch, v-st in next ch] across. (11 v-sts) Pull sides to stretch a little.Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), DO NOT TURN, working in side of row, 3 dc over post of last dc worked (top to bottom of v-st), ch 2, TURN, 4 dc over post of next dc of Row 1 (bottom to top of same v-st), * rotate piece 180 degrees clockwis , skip next v-st, 4 dc over post of first dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate 180 degrees anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st); rep from * across. (6 scales)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, working in previous row, v-st in next ch-1 sp (middle of scale), * v-st in next v-st (between scales), v-st in next v-st (middle of scale); rep from * across, ending with dc in first dc (3rd ch of ch-3) made on last row.
Row 4: Turn, sl st in next dc, skip next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc over post of first dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st), * skip next v-st, rotate clockwise, 4 dc over post of dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st); rep from * across, ending with skip next v-st, dc in last dc. (5 scales)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, * v-st in next v-st, v-st in next ch-1 sp (middle of scale); rep from * across, ending v-st in last v-st, dc in last dc.
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, 3 dc over post of dc of first v-st, * ch 2, rotate, 4 dc over post of next dc, rotate, skip next v-st, 4 dc over post of dc of next v-st; rep from * across, ending with 3 dc over post of next dc, ch 3, sl st in top of same dc.
Rows 7-14: Rep Rows 3-6 twice.
Row 15: Ch 1, sc in same dc, * skip next ch-1 sp (middle of scale), sc in next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp (between scales), sc in next 2 dc; rep from * across. (28 sc)
Rows 16-29: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (28 sc)
At the end of Row 29, finish off and weave in ends.
– Fold in half for scrub or wipe side.
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