Friday, May 24, 2013

Finished Object Friday

Pattern: Spiral Scrubbie and Topflappen

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Swimming Pool Ombres colourway (which is more aqua and teal than shown)

Hook Size: G6 (4.25 mm)

Modifications: In both cases I've used a slightly smaller hook to yield a stiffer, denser fabric. Other than that the spiral scrubbie was worked exactly as written. For the dishcloth, the original pattern begins with a ring which I omitted, starting instead with CH2, 3 SC in second chain from hook, CH1, turn.

Comments: Both patterns rely on crocheting in the back loops to create their characteristic ridged texture; together they make a nice set, inspired by this Raveler's project photo.

When I posted that I was taking part in a craft show, several commenters remarked that dishcloths and spa cloths are good sellers. Thinking about how many requests I get for dishcloths, that's good advice. Until now I've been knitting dishcloths but now I think I'm convinced that crochet is the way to go if you want thick luxurious cloths like this. Oh my goodness, do they work up quickly! Good news considering the craft show is just a few weeks away. And isn't the Spiral Scrubbie attractive in variegated colourways?!

Happy Friday everyone and happy Memorial Day to my American friends. If you have a few minutes be sure to check out all the links over at Tami's Amis for Finished Object Friday. That's where I'm headed now!


17 comments:

Elisabeth Andree said...

This looks really nice and fresh, well done to yo! :)

stefanie g-r said...

Very pretty, I love the subtle variegation of the yarn!

bookworm-Mary said...

I definitely think crochet is the way to go for dishcloths! I love how yours turned out, especially the spiral scrubbie.

Advice for your craft show-- diversify! At the shows I do, a lot of people do dishcloths/spa cloths, so it would be good to have variety.

Alicia Landi said...

What a wonderful set! This makes me wish I crocheted. :)

Janet said...

Lovely job! The colors remind me of the beach. The cloth and scrubbie would make a great gift set.

Chrisknits said...

I do love the scrubbie in the variegated yarn. Nice set.

Barbara at Knitting | Work in Progress said...

Don't you love it when things come together? Practical AND pretty, a winning combo!

Babajeza said...

Spiral scrubbie seems to be a fun pattern. :-)

Carol said...

You folks who know how to crochet are killing me! So many cute projects. I have got to learn!

Faith said...

I'm still to make a wash cloth, although I've said I would so many times, I'm not sure what I'm waiting for. Your cloth and scrubby are lovely, what a gorgeous colour...I'm with you on the crochet knitting thing, it seems to whizz by when it's crocheted.

Btw, love the purse in your previous post, the yarn is stunning!

Sam I Am...... said...

What a great gift idea! Yours turned out so pretty. I did some potholders doing the back loop thing and it does make it sturdy but it was bit hard on my hands. Love the idea of the round scrubber with it and it could be for personal or kitchen. Great job!

Nancy McCarroll said...

OOOh, pretty yarn! I have thought of making a scrubby, and after seeing yours, I might just do that!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I agree, crocheted scrubbies work up faster and have a stronger texture usually. I love these, as I mentioned on Rav.

...:M e d h a:... said...

That's a very pretty set, and I'm sure, very useful. Should do well at your craft show!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Those came out great and for me, crochet is so much quicker than knitting..

Typstatting said...

Love the colours and the cloths would love to make it but I cant understand the language! How did you do it?

Kepanie said...

I hope you tell us how these sets did at your craft show! This is an eye catching set.