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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will crochet a dishcloth out of cotton or other durable, absorbent fibre, like linen or hemp. It must measure 10 by 10 inches.





 

Crochet dishcloth with cotton yarn
To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
-  Post a picture of your Cotton yarn and crochet hook.
-  Post a picture of your dishcloth in progress.
-  Post a picture of your completed dishcloth.
-  It should measure about 10 by 10 inches
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Nicole Alderman wrote:-  Post a picture of your hot dishcloth in progress



Looks good! But for hot dishcloth.... just dishcloth.
Sorry about that.
 
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Coco Newlon wrote:

Nicole Alderman wrote:-  Post a picture of your hot dishcloth in progress



Looks good! But for hot dishcloth.... just dishcloth.
Sorry about that.



Oh no no, these dishcloths must be hot and sexy. No drab dishcloths for this PEP

(I went and edited that word out :-D)
 
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Thanks!!! Looks great!
 
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I spent my spare minutes over the last couple days crocheting a pot holder for the door of the rocket cooktop, which we have discovered gets quite hot. I used some gorgeous naturally-dyed yarn that Judith Browning very kindly sent to Wheaton Labs, which Paul & Jocelyn were sweet enough to allow me to use. Unfortunately, the door got a lot hotter than expected, and charred the potholder almost instantaneously! Luckily, the charring was on the wrong side, so the right side (the “front”) still looks good, and can be used for actual pot handles. I may need welding gloves for the door!

(Day 23)
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Just beginning




Decided to add some colors




Finished!



 
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Nicole, I actually don’t think it was cotton. I don’t know for sure, but it feels like wool to me, despite the fact that it burned, which normally doesn’t happen too easily with wool. It’s definitely not acrylic.
 
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When it burnt, did it smell like hair? If not, maybe it was cotton. I might just have to moosage Judith to find the answer to this mystery!
 
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It did smell like burning hair.
 
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Jen and Nicole,
It's definitely wool Not a handspun but from a commercial source.

Wool will char or scorch if the heat source is that hot...it is self extinguishing though.  

(this is where it's nice to have my notifications set to tell me when someone says 'judith'.  I like that option.)
 
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It's painfully obvious that I'm over 20 years out of practice. It's ugly, but it will get the job done. Despite thinking I gave enough extra at the start, it wnded up less than 10 wide, so I gave up the perfect square to ensure the same total volume of stitches.
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The material
The material
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Finished
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Finally got my hands on some cotton yarn.
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selected cotton yarn
selected cotton yarn
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crocheting started
crocheting started
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dish cloth almost done
dish cloth almost done
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dish cloth completed
dish cloth completed
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Oh my, I forgot all about tension on the stitch. I stayed close to 10 inches square, used cotton I had from old projects. The rain in the PNW has driven me inside but at least I can still work on BBs
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cotton and H/8 hook, partial work
cotton and H/8 hook, partial work
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done at 10 by 10 mostly
done at 10 by 10 mostly
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For your consideration, my dish cloth.
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I have loved the color combo of green and purple since I was in grade school.  

Here's my cotton crochet dishcloth.
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Yarn and tools
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Planning on doing a center block of stripes surrounded by concentric circles
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Taa daa! Adding color to the kitchen.
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Susan Silver wrote:For your consideration, my dish cloth.



Love the colorway you chose, Susan.
 
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Perry the Purple PEP Platypus is back!

Here we are with our crochet BB attempt!



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For potholder use I suggest you make your crochet item from wool yarn, somewhat oversized, and then full it.  That closes up the holes and makes a denser fabric that will offer more protection from hot surfaces.  (Be sure you aren't using 'superwash wool' , which won't felt)  

If you have a washing machine, just throw it in the hot wash, like you'd never do with wool socks or sweaters.  Check it for size and then either pull it back into shape and dry flat or throw it in a hot dryer if you want to continue the felting/shrinking process.  You could also do this by hand.  Wet the finished potholder in warm water, rub some soap on it, and scrub it together between your hands, roll it up, bash it about, unroll, bash it some more, rinse with cold water, use hot water and soap again.  Repeat until you like the amount of shrinkage, then pull back into shape and dry flat.  Fulling is also a great tension reliever, and kids love it too!  
 
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Wow! I am not very skilled with a crochet hook. First ever crochet work, I only dropped a few loops (...every other row...)
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Yarn and first (too small) hook
Yarn and first (too small) hook
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In progress, with actual hook used
In progress, with actual hook used
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It's a bit over 100 sq in, just not square
It's a bit over 100 sq in, just not square
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It's a bit over 100 sq in, just not square
It's a bit over 100 sq in, just not square
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Hanging in its new home
Hanging in its new home
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I have never done this before but I thought it looked like fun and I gave it a shot.  My Grandma left handed taught me right handed to crochet. It was hard on both of us and the lessons didn't get very far.  I knew only the very basics, and had forgotten how to end one row and go to the next, so all the scarves I crocheted were very uneven,  which is why I only did scarves, the fringe on the end hides a multitude of sins.  Thanks for doing this.  The videos posted made it very easy.  Now I am searching out videos to learn more.
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I just wanted you to know you have created a monster.  I seem to be addicted to making dish cloths now.  I know what everyone is getting for Christmas, and Birthdays, and Anniversary, and and and. See what you have done. It isn't pretty.
 
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Jen Fulkerson wrote:I just wanted you to know you have created a monster.  I seem to be addicted to making dish cloths now.  I know what everyone is getting for Christmas, and Birthdays, and Anniversary, and and and. See what you have done. It isn't pretty.



Just wait until you decide to make 2 strand bags of a grocery shopping size.
I didn't find a pattern, I created it. Basic rectangle in the round, then continue adding to each side separately an odd number of rows to slip stitch over to the next side, until all 4 sides have these odd rows sticking out.

Next, seam these edges on the wrong side, forming the bottom and beginning of the sides of the bag. (The assembly photo shows 2 corners seamed.) Continue the many rounds to make it deep enough for your needs. Add a 2 strand  double row handle on either side.
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3 grocery size crocheted bags
3 grocery size crocheted bags
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Cindy I love your bags!  They are so cute.  At least they are more useful than 100 dish cloths (ok not 100).
 
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Jen Fulkerson wrote:Cindy I love your bags!  They are so cute.  At least they are more useful than 100 dish cloths (ok not 100).


Thanks Jen. It seems I do better when NOT following a pattern. And they are almost as easy as 100 dishcloths! Good luck on giving your entire Christmas card list a set for every kitchen!!
 
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Oh I love to knit and crochet!
Here are some of my current projects (some small, most larger, not sure if they'll be accepted for this BB?)

Blanket in progress


Blanket in progress


Scarf in progress *using leftover yarn bits from other projects


I made a set of dishclothes and washclothes for my parents for Christmas, as well as handmade stuffed toys for friends. I'll have to start getting pictures of them while they're "in progress" so I can apply them for BBs!
 
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