I am not an advanced crocheter by any means. Once a year I seem to get a hankering to crochet something, usually around vacation time or Christmas. The latter being my motivation this time.
Usually my project of choice is dishcloths/washcloths because they are simple and I can have one finished in a couple of hours (My afghan adventures never seem to get finished).

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For washcloths or dishcloths it’s good to use a cotton yarn like the one above,
or Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn, because it will hold up well in the washer and dryer without melting.

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There may be differences of opinion on this, but when I started crocheting as a child, my mom always told me to first unroll and reroll the yarn into a ball just to make sure there weren’t any tangles or knots in it, and it’s a habit I still practice.

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It also then seems to unroll easily as I am using it.

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I found a washcloth pattern I really liked at Tangled Yarns. If you would like the pattern she has a free downloadable pdf file. 
I wanted something pretty and easy, and this pattern was both!

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These will make some cute additions to some of my Christmas packages.
(These two in particular don’t look the same because I realized half way through, I was making my single crochet wrong, woops!)

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Add a pretty bar of soap or an earth friendly fancy dish liquid, and you have a thoughtful little gift.

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Another fast crochet gift idea is a flower bookmark. I found this pattern at The Best is Yet to Be, and it’s just darling. I used the “tail” part of her pattern and for the flower part I used a small flat flower from About.com.

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Aren’t they cute!? Either of these would make a nice homemade stocking stuffer too!

Blessings,
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21 Comments

  1. Hi, Margo

    These are so lovely. I self taught myself to crochet and still a novice, but I love it. It’s relaxing to me. Have a great weekend. Love for you to stop by my blog I have a Christmas giveaway going on. Thanks!

    Vanessa

  2. I crochet and knit but am far from advanced. I always make afghans. I’ve seen crochet dish towels and wash cloths but I always wondered can you really use them to wash things with? How do they hold up?
    Thanks for sharing this post
    Robyn 🙂

    1. I’ve had one for years and years that I’ve used washing dishes, and it doesn’t look so hot now, but it’s held together for a long time. 🙂

  3. Beautiful! Not something I think I could ever do, but someday would love to at least try. Thank you for sharing! (btw, found you through the Growing Home link-up!)

  4. Thank you for posting this along with the link to the pdf file! I needed a few extra little gifts at the last minute (no surprise if you know me), so I’m making it right this very moment! woo-hoo!

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