Moderne Log Cabin Dishcloth

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Crochet, Project #103

Inspired by the wonderful Mason-Dixon Knitting book, this crocheted utility cloth (dishcloth or washcloth) is my version of their baby blanket. The four colors in the cloth are a great way to use up yarn leftovers from other projects.

Moderne Log Cabin Dishcloth
Yarn: 4-ply worsted weight cotton yarn, from 0.3 oz to 0.6 oz, depending on color

  • A – 0.6 oz (piece 1): Lily brand Sugar ’n Cream (2 oz/56.7g, 95 yds), ombre color: Cool Breeze, $1.49
  • B – 0.5 oz (piece 2, 5, and 6): Lily brand Sugar ’n Cream yarn (2.5 oz/71 g. 120 yds), solid color: Light Blue, $1.49
  • C – 0.3 oz (piece 3 and 7): Elmore-Pisgah brand Peaches & Crème (2.5 oz/71.5 g, 122 yds/112 m), solid color: Ivory, $2.40
  • D – 0.3 oz (piece 4): Elmore-Pisgah brand Peaches & Crème yarn, 2 oz/57 g, 98 yds/90 m. Color #133: Shaded Denim, $2.40

Crochet Hook: US size G-7 (4.5 mm)

Gauge: 3.5 HDC and 3 rows per inch

Pattern: CD Cooper, based on several existing concepts and instructions:

  1. in the Mason-Dixon Knitting book by Kay Gardiner and Ann Meador Shayne and their Web site
  2. in a Log Cabin blanket pattern by Kristen Droke for Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc.
  3. and the border was modified from instructions by Julie A. Bolduc in a Tunisian Dishcloth pattern

Finished size: About 9.5″ x 10″

Approximate cost: $1.40 (A: $0.45, B: $0.30, C: $0.30, and D: $0.35)

Notes:
For clean color changes, work the final HDC of a row as follows: YO with old color, push hook through, drop the old yarn, and then pull the new color through all three loops of the HDC. Ch 2 in the new color. Work over the yarn ends as you make the next row.

For Odd number pieces, crochet direction is up.
For Even numbers, crochet direction is to the right.

Logs:
1 A – ombre color
2 B –dark shade
3 C – light shade or white
4 D – (or A Ombre color)
5 B –dark shade
6 B –dark shade
7 C – light shade or white

Instructions
Center: Color A (10 sts x 8 rows). Foundation: Chain 11 to start.

Row 1: HDC in 3rd chain from hook, HDC in each chain to end (10 HDC)

Rows 2 – 8: ch 2 to turn, HDC in each stitch to end of row

Log 2 (In color B). Instead of turning around, turn the corner, and HDC evenly across right side of Center: 12 sts per row. Work 4 rows of HDC, ch 2 to turn at end of row.

Log 3 (In color C). Turn the corner, and HDC evenly across tops of Log 1 and 2: 16 sts per row. Work 6 rows of HDC, ch 2 to turn at end of row.

Log 4 (In color A or optional color D). Turn the corner and HDC evenly across right side of logs 3 and 2: 21 sts per row. Work 8 rows of HDC, ch 2 to turn at end of row.

Log 5 (In color B). Turn the corner and HDC evenly across tops of Log 3 and 4: 27 sts per row. Work 4 rows of HDC, ch 2 to turn at end of row.

Log 6 (In color B). Turn the corner and HDC evenly across right side of logs 5 and 4: 28 sts per row. Work 4 rows of HDC, ch 2 to turn at end of row.

Log 7 (In color C). Turn the corner and HDC evenly across tops of Log 5 and 6: 32 sts per row. Work 4 rows of HDC, ch 2 to turn at end of row. Finish Log 7. Tie off and weave in ends. Mist with water to wet the piece, and block severely into square shape. Let piece dry flat on a towel.

Work the border
Rd 1: Join the ombre (color A) in the lower left corner. SC in each st around; (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner. Join with slip st in 1st SC made.

Rd 2: Work the first two sides: HDC in each st around; (2 HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC) in each ch-2 corner space. In the upper right corner, make a hanging loop in the ch-2 corner space: (2 HDC, ch 8, 2 HDC). Finish the last two sides: HDC in each st around; (2 HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC) in each ch-2 corner space.

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