Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Easy Kitchen Set

This is a great set that can be given in whole or in part as a gift, or used to add some color to your kitchen. My sister bought new plates in these colors, and asked if I could update her fabrics to match. It IS important to choose a cotton yarn for this, as it is absorbent and easily washable. The scrubbie, however, is made from tulle.
Check out the Super Scrubby Pattern.


Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton (120 yds each of Hot Orange, and Hot Green, 140 yds Red)
Hook: 6.5mm
Ch 61 (or any multiple of 6 + 1 for the turning chain)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch * skip 2 ch, 5 dc in following st, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, 2dc in sc from prev row. * skip 2 sts, sc in next dc (top of shell), skip 2 dc, 5dc in sc from previous row*. Repeat from * to * until the last sc. 3 dc into final sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc into first dc. * skip 2 dc, 5dc into sc from previous row, skip 2 dc, sc into next dc (top of shell)*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Turn.
Repeat rows 2 + 3 until you have a total of 36 rows.
Finishing Row: Ch 1, *sc into first st (top of shell). Hdc in next 2dcs, dc into sc, hdc in next 2 dcs, and sc into the next st (top of shell)* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. DO NOT TURN. Continue working around the edge of the dishcloth, adding a sc border around the remaining 3 sides (or 4 if you like). This will work in the ends of your carried or tied off yarn. Sl st to join once you get all the way around, and fasten off.
Notes: with 3 colors, changing colors every row allowed me to carry the yarn along the side quite nicely. With fewer colors or a different combination, you may have to tie off, leaving more bulk to cover with your sc border.

Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton (50-75yds Red)
Hook: 6.5mm

Ch 25, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across.
Rows: Ch 3 and dc in each st across.
Work row pattern until the cloth is square, then add a sc border around all 4 sides to add stability. Sl st to join border and fasten off. 

Using the 25 st base chain, you can add on any stitch you want, and edge it with a row or two of sc. This is a GREAT way to practice new stitches or patterns that you want to use for an afghan, without all the commitment.

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