Crochet Star Washcloth
by Lesley Packel
Every year, the people in my department at work exchange gifts. There is no drawing of names, no secret santa, everyone just selects some kinda of generic gift that everyone can use, buys 6 of them, and gives them out. For example, a mug with hot cocoa, a set of candles, or a photo album. With 6 teammates, this system can really put a strain on one’s pocketbook!
This year, in hoping to find a nice, affordable option, I decided to knit dishtowels for each of my teammates. Armed with lovely Malabrigo Organic Cotton and a pattern that promised to be “actually easier than pie,” I was certain that I’d have no trouble finishing everyone’s gifts in time.
Like many Holiday knitters before me, I was wrong. The pattern is great, as simple as promised. But I spent about 8 hours and had knit only two dishcloths. This is even after reducing the number of stitches to cast on! With 4 more dishtowels to go, I decided that there had to be a better way. I abandoned my needles and picked up my rarely used crochet hooks. No more than thirty minutes later, I had finished my first crochet dishcloth! It was fast and easy, and really rekindled my interest in crochet. Not to mention, my co-workers loved their gifts.
- Malabrigo Organic Cotton
Beginning round: Ch 8; Join with sl st to form ring.
Row1: Ch 3(counts as first dc), 3 DC in ring, ch 3, *4 DC in ring, ch 3, Repeat from * 3 more times. Join with sl st.
Row 2: Ch 3(counts as first dc), DC in each DC from row below. In ch 3 space, 2 DC, Ch 3, 2 DC. * DC in each DC from row below, In ch 3 space, 2 DC, Ch 3, 2 DC. Repeat from * 3 more times. Join with sl st.
Repeat Row 2 four more times.
sl st to nearest ch 3 space, ch 10 and join to create a loop for hanging your star. Weave in ends, block, and you’re done!