Is winter over yet? How about now? If you are as eager as I am for warm breezes, open windows, green growth and all things Spring, then you know how appealing bright colors are right now! While it’s still far too early for many of us to plant the real thing, we can have a bright, sunshiney, happy Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth!
Brighten up your kitchen and put a smile on your face even when you’re washing yet another set of dishes. And since it takes just a few yarn leftover bits, you don’t even have to brave the cold to run to the yarn store.
Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth
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This dishcloth features a scratchy scrubby bobbled center for tough messes, and soft cotton for more delicate surfaces. Watch for the turns – there are only a couple, but they’re important!
- Tough acrylic worsted weight – 1 color, just a few yards
- Kitchen cotton worsted weight – 1 to 4 colors, just a few dozen yards of each.
- Hook: US-H, 5.0mm
Unique Stitch Used:
dc5tog: double crochet 5 together, or bobble stitch
CENTER (using acrylic yarn):
Starting with a magic circle, work 8sc in the circle, join with a sl st to work in the round.
Row 1: Ch1 and sc twice in same st, 2sc in each st around, join with sl st. (16 sc) Turn.
Row 2: Ch1 and work 2sc in 1st st. In next st, dc5tog. *2 sc in next st. Dc5tog in next st.* (8 bobbles and 16 sc). Join with sl st to 1st sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch1 and sc once in each sc and twice in the top of each bobble around. (32 sc) Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off. Weave in ends.
PETALS (using cotton yarn):
Petal set #1:
Row1: Join to any st with sl st, ch1 and sc in first 3 sts. 2sc in next st. *Sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * around, join with sl st to 1st sc. (40 sc)
Row2: Ch1. Working in front loop only this round: sc in same st. Skip next st, 5dc in next st, skip next st. *Sc in next st, skip next st, 5dc in next st, skip next st.* Repeat to end. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off by joining to first sc. (10 petals) Weave in ends.
Petal set #2:
Row 1: Without turning, join yarn with a sl st to the remaining back loop in the center of one of the petals from last round. Continuing to work in these back loops, ch1 and sc in first 4 st. *2sc in next st, then sc in next 4 st.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with 2sc in last st. Join with a sl st to first sc. (48sc)
Row 2: Ch1. Working in front loop only this round: sc in same st. *Skip next st, 5dc in next st, sk next st, sc in next st.* Repeat to end, then break yarn and use seamless join to finish off in first sc. (12 petals) Weave in ends.
BACKING (using cotton yarn):
Using magic circle, sc 8 and join with sl st.
Row 1: Ch1, 2sc in each st around, join with sl st. (16 sc)
Row 2: Ch1, sc in same st, then 2sc in next st. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st. (24 sc)
Row 3: Ch1, sc in same st and next st, then 2sc in next st. *Sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st.* Repeat around. (32 sc)
Row 4: Ch1, sc in same st and next 2 sts, then 2sc in next st. *Sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* Repeat around. (40 sc)
Row 5: Ch1, sc in same st and next 3 sts, then 2sc in next st. *Sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st.* Repeat around. (48 sc) Do NOT break yarn.
Turn flower over, so the bobbles are facing down (WS). Place the backing against the back of the flower, wrong sides together. Ch1 and join pieces by sc through each st of the backing and the remaining “back” loops on the back of the flower. Increase around by*sc in 5 sts, followed by 2sc in the next st* to end. (56 sc) Break yarn, use seamless join, and weave in ends.
Turn flower back over (RS). Join to any st of backing with sl st. Ch1 and sc evenly around. At half way point, create an loop of 20ch (adjust length to your own hook/faucet width), then sc in same st and continue to sc around. Break yarn. Join using seamless join and weave in ends. Hang it from your faucet, hook, or dishsoap, and bring some spring to your sink!
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