Until today, I didn’t know that knitting and crocheting were compatible, but I tried it and it works! It is easy to crochet a simple scalloped edge around a knitted dishcloth and the results are very nice.
This weekend was perfect for handwork. It was bitter cold and snowing, complete with shock frost and fog. JB kept a cozy fire going and I kept busy, making a couple of waffle knit pattern dish cloths. The free knitting pattern can be accessed here. Adding the crocheted border was simple, even though I do not have much crochet experience. This is the video that I watched to learn this easy technique. Hooray for YouTube!
The scallop shown here is a variation of what is shown on the video.
Scalloped Crocheted Edge Instructions
Decide which side of the knitted dishcloth will be your preferred right side. After all, we use both sides of a dishcloth interchangeably! The double crochet scallops have a knotty side on the right side and a more smooth look on the back side. Either looks nice. The crochet stitches are worked through both legs of the knitted stitches. Along the sides where it was more difficult to count stitches I simply eyed the spacing, aiming for the same number of scallops as on the cast on/bound off edges. If it doesn’t look right just unravel it and try it again. Crocheting is so forgiving that way!
Start the scalloped edging on the cast on edge of the knitted cloth. In the 2nd stitch from the end attach the yarn with a single crochet. *skip 2 stitches, 4 double crochets into next stitch, skip next stitch, single crochet into next stitch, repeat from *. End by working a slip stitch into first single crochet. Plan the spacing so you work the double crochet stitches in the corners. I found that working 8 double crochets (instead of 4) makes a nice full corner.
The body of this dishcloth is knitted with 100% cotton worsted weight Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Vanilla Bouquet on size 7 knitting needles. I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Butter Cream Ombre for the crocheted edging and a size E/4-3.5 mm crochet hook to slip under the knit stitches more easily.
The scalloped edging is just a bit thick and bulky for my taste. I don’t know if a lighter weight of 100% cotton is available but if it is I would like to see how that would work up. I want to look for some thinner yarn on my next yarn shopping day.
Trying a new knitting pattern
I tried a new knitting pattern – Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth – with the Butter Cream Ombre variegated yarn. Although I loved how quickly the diagonal pattern worked up and the tiny open edge detail, the yummy pastel yarn colors that were so appealing on the skein looked muddy and unattractive in the rows of knit stitch, kind of like toddler scribbling. It didn’t improve, so half way done with the dishcloth I unraveled the stitches and used the yarn for the crocheted scalloped edging on a solid colored knitted dishcloth, where it looked so much better!
Dish and Washcloth Mania has dozens of patterns and other useful information on the subject of dish cloths and wash cloths. Another good pattern resource is this link. It makes me want to try them all!
I hope you will share your current project. What is in your workbasket this month?