Crocheting the Collection: Striped Dishcloth

Using the Autry’s collection as inspiration, this series of video tutorials teaches the relaxing and creative craft of crochet. Julie Kadoi takes you through the steps to make a range of projects, all tied to objects, images, and designs in the museum. 


Beginner Level 

This project makes a great gift as well as being very practical. Suggested by Keisha Raines, Communications Manager at the Autry, the pattern is inspired by the many stripes found in our collection: 

At the beginning of shelter in place, when we were all rah-rah about crafts, I attempted to crochet my own dishcloths as a new hobby and an Earth friendly alternative to disposable sponges. Turns out, I'm not great at crafts, and I quickly abandoned it. I would like to learn how to complete this simple project so the days of buying sponges are behind me. 

Whether your interest is for shrinking your disposable footprint or creating useful holiday gifts, this project is perfect for beginners or advanced crocheters. 

Video

Crocheting the Collection: Striped Dishcloth

Crocheting the Collection

Project 1: Striped Dishcloth

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Materials

  • Worsted weight kitchen cotton yarn, at least two colors, yarn A & yarn B
  • G (4.0 or 4.25 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Glossary

  • Chain stitch (ch): To make, draw yarn through the active loop on the hook.
  • Fasten off: Cut the yarn at least 4 inches from the last stitch and draw the end through the active loop. Pull tightly to secure.
  • Front loop only (FLO) indicates the location of where to place a stitch. Out of the two loops in the top of a stitch, only work under the one which is closest to the crocheter.
  • Single crochet stitch (sc): To make, insert your hook into the indicated stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops.
  • Skip (sk) helps to identify where the next stitch goes by accounting for any stitches in the preceding row in which a stitch will not be placed.
  • Slip knot: To make, cross the tail end over the yarn to make a loop, draw up yarn from the yarn ball side through the loop and tighten, making sure the cut end is not pulled through.
  • Stitch (st) is a generic stitch, usually designates the location in the previous row in which a particular stitch, such as a single crochet, will be made.
  • Tail: the unworked cut end of the yarn

PATTERN

  • With yarn A, Chain (ch) 31.
  • ROW1: Single crochet (sc) in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across [30 sc].
  • ROW 2-18: Ch 1, turn. Skip (sk) ch, sc (under both loops) in 1st st, sc in the front loop only (FLO) in each of next 28 st, sc (under both loops) in last st of row [30 sc].
  • ROW 19: Ch 1, turn. Sk ch, sc (under both loops) in 1st st, sc FLO in each of next 28 sc across. In last st, sc under both loops changing to yarn B [30 sc].
  • ROW 20: Ch 1, turn. Sk ch, sc (under both loops) in 1st st, sc FLO in each of next 28 st. In last st, sc under both loops changing to yarn A [30 sc].
  • ROW 21-22: Ch 1, turn. Sk ch, sc (under both loops) in 1st st, sc FLO in each of next 28 st, sc (under both loops) in last st of row [30 sc].
  • ROW 23: Ch 1, turn. Sk ch, sc (under both loops) in 1st st, sc FLO in each of next 28 sc across. In last st, sc under both loops changing to yarn B [30 sc].
  • ROW 24: Ch 1, turn. Sk ch, sc (under both loops) in 1st st, sc FLO in each of next 28 st. In last st, sc under both loops changing to yarn A [30 sc].
  • ROW 25-27: Ch 1, turn. Sk ch, sc (under both loops) in 1st st, sc FLO in each of next 28 st, sc (under both loops) in last st of row [30 sc].
  • Fasten off. Weave in ends.