For those who read my blog regularly, you will already know that I am a fan of crochet. This doesn't mean I am busy hooking all the time, indeeed I can't remember the last time I made something. Lately though, my interest in has been rekindled - largely down to the lovely makes I keep finding and pinning to my inCredibe Crochet board on Pinterest
The only problem was I had no idea where my hooks were! Yesterday, whilst looking for something else (never did find it) I came across the bag storing them. Yeah. Next problem - where on earth's my yarn stash? It may take me another few months to unearth, but in the meantime my hook bag contained the rather poor offering of one skein of sock yarn, and two balls of natural raw cotton.
The sock yarn looked promising in skein form - all purple and variegated and interesting. By the time I had wound it into a ball it had lost it's charm completely, and was just resembling a dark bruise. So - dishcloth cotton it was then. As useful as a dishcloth may be, they are really boring aren't they? Unloved scraps of cloth that get abused on a daily basis. Why not a pretty one? To be honest, I had no idea what I was making when I cast on a foundation row - I was just fiddling about without a pattern. Dishcloth yarn has it's limitations you know! I was simply passing the time whilst watching the television last night.
I rather like what I've ended up with! Using a no. 5 hook, I started out by casting on 35 stitches. I then did rows of single crochet until I had a square. Next I did a row of single crochet around the whole square, picking up the side stitches as I went. I now had a basis on which to do a frill. For the frill I chained 5 stitches, then slip-stitched into every other single crochet around the edge. Once finished the first row, I slip-stitched into the original stitch of the row. Second row - 5 chain, slip-stitch into centre stitch of the loop from the row below. 5 chain, slip-stitch into the centre stitch between each 2 loops. Then 3 chain and slip stitch into same stitch for a little bobble. Continue all the way around.
I realise that probably reads like gobbledegook - I know what I mean! If you thought that was hard to follow, I don't know where to begin explaining how I did the leaf. I never cast off after the frill, I just chain two then slip-stitched into the cloth to make a leaf shape - chaining a stitch after ever slip-stitch.
Whatever I did, it worked! As the pattern has been worked on the surface, the back of the cloth is flat. I never cut the thread whilst doing the leaf pattern. I did the leaf outline first, then the centre stem, working backward to do the leaf "branches". This meant doing further slip stitches to go back the way I'd worked - and a further slip stitch around the outline after. In truth, this is a happy little bumble that just happened to turn out okay!