Simple Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth

I made another dishcloth. 🙂 We are remodeling our kitchen and I’ve been having fun making brand new dishcloths to have ready for my brand new kitchen! This one is super easy using just single and double crochet. You can find the pattern below.

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Simple Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth

Stitches used (US terms)

  • Chain – ch
  • Double Crochet – dc
  • Single Crochet – sc
  • Slip Stitch – ss

I Love This Cotton Yarn (I used white)

H/5mm hook

Chain 25

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (3 skipped ch count as 1st dc) and each ch across. Turn (23 stitches)

Rows 2-6: Ch 3, (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch. Dc in each stitch across, ending with dc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Turn. (23 stitches)

Row 7: ch 1, (does not count as a stitch) sc in each stitch across, ending with sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Turn. (23 stitches)

Rows 8-12: ch 1, sc in each stitch across. Turn. (23 stitches)

Row 13: Ch 3, (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch. Dc in each stitch across. (23 stitches)

Rows 14-18: Ch 3, (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch. Dc in each stitch across, ending with dc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Turn. (23 stitches) DO NOT TURN at the end of row 18.

Border:

Round 1: Sc evenly around dishcloth, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to 1st sc. DO NOT TURN.

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in each stitch around, working 3dc in each corner. Join with ss to top of ch 3. DO NOT TURN.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to 1st sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finished size is approximately 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches.

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Super fast. Super easy. Make several in your favorite colors!

If you enjoyed this pattern, you may like this Scrub-ology Dishcloth or this Cotton Ribbed Dishcloth.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

 

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Wood Spool and Bead Bracelet

This is a fun, whimsical bracelet that is super easy to make! You can whip one up in less than 30 minutes!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these fun bracelets:

The bracelets are super easy to make. To figure out the size of bracelet you need, measure around your wrist and then add about 2-inches. For my bracelet, my wrist measures 6-inches so I used 6 each of the spools and beads. When laid out straight, it measured about 8-inches. Just add or subtract spools and beads to get the size you need.

To make the bracelet, cut small pieces of ribbon to fit around the spools. I think the pieces I cut were around an inch or so. I chose white grosgrain and gray stitched ribbon. Glue the ribbon onto the spools.

Cut 2 pieces of the jewelry elastic at least 12-inches long, longer if your bracelet is larger. You want to make sure you have enough elastic to string your spools and beads without them falling off and to easily tie it off. I used 2 strands of the elastic to make the bracelet stronger. Give the elastic a good stretch before stringing the spools and beads. 

String the spools and beads alternately onto the elastic – I used a large-eyed needle to make it easier. When you’ve added as many as you need, tie the ends of the elastic into a knot, making sure to tie it as tightly and close to the spool/bead as possible. I tied it 4 times, trimmed the ends, and then added a tiny drop of glue on the knot.

And that’s all there is to it! Here’s my finished bracelet…

I left the spools and beads natural – I wanted a neutral bracelet that would go with almost anything. But the possibilities are endless. You can use any color of ribbon. You can paint or stain the spools and beads. You can wrap embroidery floss around the spools to mimic thread. Or don’t wrap the spools at all and just paint or stain them. You can even add a charm or 2 like I did in the very last photo. 🙂

These cute bracelets would make a fun little gift for Mother’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Welcome, Little One

It’s so fun to welcome new little ones into our world! This card does just that with these adorable pull toys!

You can find this cute Pull Toys stamp here at Great Impressions. The sentiment stamp is and older one from A Muse Studio – use what ever sentiment you have! The Dots embossing folder is like this one from Sizzix.

I stamped the pull toys with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink on white card stock and colored the images with Copic markers. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but I shaded the bottom of the panel with a light gray marker and the top with a very pale blue. Then I layered the stamped panel to blue card stock. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink on white card stock and punched it with a label punch. (This particular punch is discontinued, but there are some similar dies in this set.) Then I layered the sentiment to a larger label (you can find a similar one here.)

To assemble the card, attach a panel of yellow card stock to a white card. Emboss a piece of brown card stock with the Dots embossing folder and attach to the card over the yellow card stock. Attach stamped panel to the card, overlapping the edges of the brown card stock. Attach the sentiment to the card with foam tape. Finish it off with your choice of 3 gems – you can find some ideas for different types of gems here.

This would also make a great birthday card for a sweet toddler!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet White Cotton Ribbed Dishcloth

I love using crochet cotton dishcloths. They are generally thicker than store bought ones and last a lot longer. My favorite cotton yarn to use is I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby. It is so soft and easy to work with. And in case you didn’t know – they have been putting all their yarn on sale for 30% off about every other week!

Here’s a simple pattern I created that works up super fast and can be made in any color.

White Cotton Ribbed Dishcloth

Stitches used (US terms):

  • Chain – ch
  • Double Crochet – dc
  • Back Loop Only – blo
  • Single Crochet – sc
  • Slip Stitch – ss

I Love This Cotton Yarn in White

H/5mm hook

Ch 25

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn. (23 stitches)

Rows 2-3: ch 3, skip 1st dc. Dc in back loop only (blo) of each dc across ending with dc in top of ch 3 of previous row, turn. (23 stitches)

Rows 4-6: ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn. (23 stitches)

Rows 7-9: ch 3, skip 1st stitch. Dc in blo of each stitch across, turn. (23 stitches)

Rows 10-12: Repeat rows 4-6 (23 stitches)

Rows 13-15: Repeat rows 7-9 (23 stitches) DO NOT TURN at the end of row 15

Border:

Round 1: ch 1, sc evenly around dish cloth, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to 1st sc.

Rounds 2-3: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finished size is about 7 1/2-inches by 8-inches.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern – Happy Stitching!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Vanilla Bundt Cake

Sometimes things don’t always work out quite as well as we hope they will. Case in point – my first attempt at making this Ridiculous Vanilla Cake by Cookies and Cups. Don’t get me wrong – it was easy to mix up, my kitchen smelled amazing while it was baking, and it looked beautiful in the pan when it first came out of the oven!

And that is when things turned out quite differently than I hoped. 😜 The cake didn’t just slide out of the pan like it should have – it really stuck in several places! So it sure didn’t look as pretty as the one by Cookies and Cups!! But I managed to get most of it out of the pan and piece it back onto the cake. My icing also didn’t turn out as pretty as hers – and I probably put it on the cake too soon, but I chopped my white chocolate chips and sprinkled them on top anyway.

And here’s my finished cake! Not as pretty as I had hoped, but it tastes amazing!

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So here’s what I will do the next time I make this cake. The recipe calls for the bundt pan to be liberally greased, I obviously didn’t grease it enough since my cake stuck in several places. So I will grease the pan – and then grease it again, and maybe even a 3rd time!! The white chocolate chips in the batter were the culprits sticking to the pan – but they also make this cake so tasty! So grease, grease, grease your pan! 😀

Don’t let my mistakes keep you from trying this amazing cake!! Happy Baking!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

 

 

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Clip Clothespin Pushpins

I make cards – lots of cards. 😀 Sometimes it’s fun to display my favorites for a while on a little cork board I have in my craft room. But I don’t want to use a regular push pin and put a hole in my card. So I decided to make some pretty clips using wood, spring-type clothespins.

All you need to make these cute Clip Clothespin Pushpins are wood, spring-type clothespins, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, thumbtacks, and strong, clear glue. I used E6000 glue – it is my favorite glue to use when I need something very strong.

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Simply cut strips of scrapbook paper to fit the clothespins. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the clothespin and attach the strip of paper. After it has dried, brush another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper, let dry. Using the E600 glue, adhere 2 thumbtacks to the back of the clothespin.

And now I can display my cards with pretty clips! So fun and easy to make!

 

Don’t need pushpins? Add magnets instead to hold notes on the fridge. Or just use them as clips to close chip bags or to organize papers.

I also used these clothespins (without the thumbtacks) to make a wreath for my laundry room in this post and for a cute votive holder in this post. I also painted clothespins to make this Patriotic Wreath in this post

Easy, inexpensive, and so many uses beyond the laundry room! Use your imagination and I’m sure you’ll come up with more ideas using clothespins!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Scrub-ology Dishcloth

Have you tried this yarn yet? It’s called Scrub-ology Cotton by Yarn Bee – it’s available at Hobby Lobby in several different colors. Once it’s worked up, it has a terry cloth-like texture and adds a little extra scrubbing power to your dishcloths.

I decided to give it a try by making the simple dishcloth pattern below. I used Scrub-ology Yarn in Snow Drifts. This yarn does take a little getting used to working with – the stitches can be difficult to see. That’s why I chose to create a simple pattern for my first attempt. 🙂

Scrub-ology Dishcloth Pattern

Finished size is approximately 8-inches by 9 1/2-inches

Scrub-ology yarn in Snow Drifts

4.5mm hook

Stitches used (US terms):

  • ch – chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • ss – slip stitch

Chain 2 counts as stitch throughout

To begin dishcloth chain 26

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn (25 stitches, 2 skipped ch at beginning count as a stitch)

Row 2: Chain 2, skip first hdc. Hdc in each stitch across, ending with hdc in top of chain 2 of previous row. (25 stitches)

Rows 3-5: Repeat Row 2 (25 stitches)

Rows 6-7: Chain 2. Skip first hdc, hdc in next stitch, ch 1. (Skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch , ch 1) across to last 3 stitches. Skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch and top of ch 2 from previous row. Turn. (25 stitches)

Row 8: Chain 2. Skip 1st stitch. Hdc in each hdc and ch 1 space across, ending with hdc in top of ch 2 from previous row. (25 stitches)

Rows 9-12: Repeat Row 2 (25 stitches)

Rows 13-14: Repeat Rows 6 and 7 (25 stitches)

Row 15: Repeat Row 8 (25 stitches)

Rows 16-19: Repeat Row 2 (25 stitches) DO NOT TURN at the end of Row 19.

Border:

Round 1: Without turning, work a row of sc evenly around dishcloth, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to 1st sc.

Round 2: Ch 3. Skip next stitch. (Hdc in next stitch, ch 1) around, working 3 hdc in each corner. Join with ss to 2nd ch of beginning ch 3. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Since this is cotton, it could also be used as a face cloth – the texture will gently exfoliate.

This is just a simple pattern that could also be worked with plain cotton yarn like I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby or your favorite cotton yarn. I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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