Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth

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The Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth first appeared in Inspired Crochet Magazine – and now that they’ve got a new issue out, I’m free to share it here! It’s a combination of all the great Tunisian techniques we’ve talked about here on Moogly, and a super pretty project to make for your kitchen or as a gift. Practical and decorative!
Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth :: free #crochet pattern with tutorials on moogly!
The Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth is a fun and interesting introduction to the world of Tunisian Crochet if you haven’t tried it before! Just a few stitches, one hook, and a bit of cotton yarn are all you need to get started. Video tutorials for every one of the stitches are linked below. If you’ve already played with Tunisian stitches a bit and are ready to make something that really says WOW, then this is the pattern for you too! Dishcloths are a great way to master new techniques and stitch patterns – and this one is a standout.
Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth :: free #crochet pattern with tutorials on moogly!

Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth

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Row 1: With Color A, ch 27 and work a standard Tunisian Foundation Forward Pass. (27 sts)

Row 2: Standard Tunisian Return Pass. (27 sts)

Row 3: Skip the first st (loop on hook always counts as first st), TKS in the next 2 sts. *TPS in next 3 sts, TKS in next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end. (27 sts)

Row 4: Standard Tunisian Return Pass.

Row 5 – 8: Repeat Rows 3 – 4 twice.

Row 9: Skip the first st, TPS in the next 2 sts. *TKS in the next 3 sts, TPS in the next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end, finishing last repeat with 2 TPS and a TKS in the last st. (27 sts)

Row 10: Standard Tunisian Return Pass.

Row 11 – 14: Repeat Rows 9 – 10 twice.

Row 15 – 20: Repeat Rows 3 – 4 3 times.

Row 21 – 26: Repeat Rows 9 – 10 3 times. Finish the last st with Color B. Do not break Color A yarn, but leave hanging to pick up later.

Row 27: With Color B, work the first forward pass of TStS as follows. Skip the first st, and TSS in the next two sts. Then working into the next st as for a Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS), make 5 dc as if you were making a bobble. In other words, *yo, insert the hook as for a TKS, yo, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, and leave the last loop on the hook. Repeat from * 4 more times in the same st. At this point you should have 8 loops on the hook – 3 from the first 3 TSS, then 5 from the set of dc sts.** TSS in the next 3 sts, then work the 5 dc sts in the next st as a TKS, leaving the last loop of each dc on the hook. Repeat from ** until there are 3 sts, left, work TSS in the last 3 sts. (51 sts)

Row 28: Standard Tunisian Return Pass, finish last st with Color C. Do not break Color B.

Row 29: With Color C, work the second forward pass of TStS as follows. Skip the first st, TSS in the next 2 sts. *Then working into the tops of the dc sts, TKS in each dc. Yo, and pull through the first 5 loops on the hook. TSS in the next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end. (27 sts)

Row 30: Yo, pull through the first 3 loops. *Yo, pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * until 4 loops remain. With Color B, yo and pull through all 4 loops.

Row 31 – 46: Repeat Rows 27 – 30 four times, finishing the last stitch of Row 46 with Color C. The stitch counts will decrease as follows:

  • Row 31: 43 sts
  • Row 33: 23 sts
  • Row 35: 35 sts
  • Row 37: 19 sts
  • Row 39: 27 sts
  • Row 41: 15 sts
  • Row 43: 19 sts
  • Row 45: 11 sts

Row 47: With Color C, work the TSS bind off. Break Colors B and C only.

Edging and Loop: Insert hook near where Color A ended, yo with Color A and work sc all around outside edge. At the top of the berries, make a ch 10 loop if desired. Break yarn and join to first sc of edging. Weave in ends. Wet block if desired.

Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth :: free #crochet pattern with tutorials on moogly!

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    Angélica Calvé says

    Great tunisian patterns, perfect to learn having fun! :)
    Thank you so much for teaching and sharing, Tamara

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    I had it all figured out up till the second row of berries. The directions do not tell how to decrease the rows. Being that this is the first time I have ever tried Tunisian stitch and wanted to make this for a friend I am at a stand still on the project because I have no clue on how to decrease. PLEASE list the instructions on how to decrease that would be so helpful. For now I have to start searching again either for directions on how to decrease or for an entirely new pattern.


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