Next free pattern is in the works!

It's taking longer than I'd hoped, but there is something new coming soon.  Got sidetracked by a bunch of birthday gifts, including a cute ladybug back pack and a rabbit stuffie.

Attempted a couple of vests and was unhappy with both patterns, so those need to be restarted. 

However, the next pattern is on its way! Hopefully within the next week it'll be ready to post.  Stay tuned!


Gotta slow down!

I'm actually on a good roll here! The ladybug bag just needs buttons and a few ends to be woven in, the dishcloth pattern has been corrected and I've got another gift on the go.

But holy cow are my shoulders killing me :(  They're still suffering the side effects of my surgery in May, so I guess I should give them a break.  I didn't do any crocheting today, so hopefully tomorrow they'll be feeling a bit better.  Typing isn't helping any, so off I go!


The next free pattern...the Water Lily Dishcloth!

This pattern has only been tested by me, so if you find any errors please let me know. I did my first sample in some off-white acryclic I had handy...

But you'll see where the pattern name came from after I made a cotton version in some bright Bernat Handicrafter colors, called Creamsicle and Hot Green.

Click HERE to download a pdf version of the pattern.

Feel free to sell any dishcloths you make, just don't sell the pattern. Please and thank you. :)

Water Lily Dishcloth

a free pattern by Charlotte Richardson 2013


Size I/5.5 mm hook

Worsted weight cotton yarn in your choice of colors – I used Bernat Handicrafter in Creamsicle (A) and Hot Green (B). One 50g/1.75 ball of each color should make 2 cloths.

Gauge: not important. I tend to work tightly. My sample measured just over 7” wide.

Stitches used: sl st, sc, hdc, dc. Shell=5 dc in same sp.

Let’s begin!

With color A:

Rnd 1: starting with a magic circle, 6 sc. Sl st to 1st st.

Rnd 2: ch 1; 2 sc in each st around. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 3: *ch 4; sk next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 4 more times. Ch 2, dc in 1st ch of starting ch 4.

Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same loop. *Work shell in next sc; sc in center of next loop. Repeat from * around, ending with sl st in 1st sc.

Fasten off A. Join B with sl st in any sc between shells.

Rnd 5: ch 5, sc in 3rd dc of next shell. *Ch 3, dc in next sc; ch 3, sc in 3rd dc. Repeat from * around, ending with sc in 2nd ch of beginning ch 5.

Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in same st. 3 sc in next loop. *Sc in sc; 3 sc in next loop. Sc in dc. Repeat from * around, ending with sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in same st. Sc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 8: ch 2, hdc in next st. *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st. Repeat from * around, ending with sl st in top of beginning ch 2.

Rnd 9: ch 1, sc in same sp. *Sk next 2 st, shell in next st. Sk next 2 stitches, sc in next. Repeat from * around, ending with sl st in 1st sc. Finish off. You’re done!



Something's coming!

Another free dishcloth pattern is on its way...just need to transcribe my scribbles into a readable pattern and it will be ready to post!

Still not finished the ladybug back pack, but it's in the home stretch.  Just have to connect the front and back pieces to the gusset, weave in a few ends, and put the buttons on and it'll be all done.  I feel like I should have something to put in the bag as part of the gift, so I may yet be adding another quickie project in addition to 2 vests that are next in line.  Since I seem to be having trouble falling asleep, maybe I'll see what I can find that could be a quick addition to put in the ladybug bag!

Check back in a few days for the new dishcloth pattern!

Thanks for stopping by.



Next project underway

I've got a bunch of family birthdays in August and wanted to try and do some stashbusting. First up...a ladybug back pack for my youngest niece. So far I've got the front and back pieces done. That leaves the embellishments for the front piece, the gusset and straps, then working it all together. I'm using a free pattern from Red Heart.