Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – Frosting Collection – Buttercream – Part 1

Welcome to the Frosting Collection, presented by Crochets By Trista.

I wanted to offer a set of FREE dishcloths patterns to help introduce the stitches I use in my designs.

Frosting Collection Patterns:

Buttercream – Part 1 – Below
Cream Cheese – Part 2 – Here
Marshmallow – Part 3 – Here
Meringue – Part 4 – Here
Whipped Cream – Part 5 – Here
White Chocolate Ganache – Part 6 – Here

If you couldn’t tell, each dishcloth is named after a different type of white frosting. I prefer white dishcloths because one, they go with my kitchen, and two they are easy to bleach if needed. Obviously you can do any color of your choosing.

Versatility

I love the versatility of dishcloths. They can be used in the kitchen to take care of the never ending pile of dishes. You can make the same dishcloth to match your bathroom and now it becomes a washcloth.

Dishcloths are sturdy enough to be used for the day, and then thrown in the wash with the rest of the towels.

I tend to replace all the used dishcloths and towels daily. Each morning I start with a fresh dishcloth and kitchen hand towels. The same goes for the bathroom. I know it adds more to the endless piles of laundry too, but its more hygienic.

The Yarn

For each dishcloth you will need approximately 60-70 yards of 100% cotton yarn. I knew that I would be making at least 6 dishcloths so I decided to buy a large cone of Lily Sugar ‘N Cream. The cone contains 14 ounces and approximately 706 yards.

Other alternatives to the Sugar N’ Cream would be: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton, Knitpicks/WeCrochet’s Dishie, or Caron’s Cotton Cakes.

There are a few perks to buying a cone of the yarn. First, you won’t have to worry about buying enough for all the dishcloths. Second, if you’re able to use a coupon at your local craft store, it can be less than $10. Lastly, dye lots; you don’t have to worry about making sure the dye lots match.

Supplies Needed

60-70 yards of 100% cotton yarn
I/5.50mm crochet hook
Measuring tape
Scissors
Yarn needle

I can usually get 2 dishcloths (without a border) from a small 2.5 ounce/ 120 yard ball of Sugar N’ Cream in a solid color.

Stitches Used

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

Notes

The finished dishcloth should measure to be approximately a 9″ x 9″ square. To make sure it is square, simply take a corner and fold it diagonally. I tend to line up the sides to estimate how many more rows I need to do, if any.

It is ok if your finished dishcloth isn’t perfectly square. You’re only washing dishes with it. One of the perks of dishcloths is that they don’t have to be perfect. It’s why they are great projects to learn new stitches with.

An optional border has been provided. Keyword being optional, refer back to previous paragraph 😁. If my edges are a little wonky I usually do the border, but most of the time I just leave it the way it is. If you plan on selling them, then YES you should do the border.

A stitch count has been provided at the end of each row and shown in parenthesis.

Availability

An ad-free version of this pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry.

An ad-free version of all six patterns of the Frosting Collection is available to purchase on Ravelry and Etsy.

The Pattern

Ch 31

Row 1.) Sc in 2nd St from the hook and in each St across. (30)

Row 2.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St, Dc in next St, * Sc in next St, Dc in next St * repeat from * across to last St. (30)

Row 3.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st Dc, Dc in next Sc, * Sc in next Dc, Dc in next Sc * repeat from * across to last St. (30)

Row 4.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and in each St across. (30)

Repeat Rows 2-4 until square, ending with row 4.

Continue to optional border or finish off and weave in ends.

Optional Border

Ch 1, turn, Sc evenly around with 3Sc in each of the 4 corners, Sl St to 1st Sc.

Finish off and weave in ends.


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Ruby Shawl

The Ruby Shawl is the seventh pattern available in the Birthstone Collection.

The theme for 2020, where each month I have a cowl, scarf, or shawl pattern in the color of that month’s birthstone.

Other patterns available in the Birthstone Collection:
Garnet Cowl – January
Amethyst Scarf – February
Zoe’s Aquamarine Infinity Scarf – March
Diamond Shawl – April
Emerald Asymmetrical Shawl – May
Pearl Infinity Cowl – June

The Yarn

When scrolling Facebook, I stumbled upon Jen from Laine & Lotus in a local group. I commented on the picture she posted about the beautiful yarn she was using. It turns out she is a local indie-dyer.

I started following Laine and Lotus on Instagram and Facebook. She posted the stunning “Eat Your Heart Out” colorway on Valentine’s Day and I fell in love with the color.

I had an inner debate with myself.
– “Do I have the funds to buy this yarn?”
– “What will I use the yarn for?”
– “What patterns do I have coming up”

RUBY!!!!!!

It works perfectly for Ruby. There are so many different shades of red and pink that really make the yarn stand out.

The texture of the yarn is unique too. Every yard or so, there is a little puff of fiber. Pictures DO NOT do it justice.

The Pattern

Because of the texture of the yarn itself, I needed a sequence of simple stitches to really make the yarn standout.

First, due to the texture of the yarn I knew that working into a starting chain was going to be a nightmare. I decided that a triangle shawl would be a perfect solution.

Second, I couldn’t use the same stitch for the whole shawl, that would be boring. Then came the idea to alternate rows. I did one row with one stitch and then did another stitch for the following row.

Finally it all came together, including the math (usually the hardest part most of the time).

Supplies

– Approximately 875 yards of Chic Sock from Laine & Lotus or your favorite fingering/sock weight yarn
– G/4.00 crochet hook
– Measuring Tape
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
– Blocking materials

Stitches Used

As stated before, I wanted to use simpler stitches. These stitches include:

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Sp – Space
St(s) – Stitches
Tr – Treble Crochet

Pattern Notes

Ch 3 & Ch 4 at the beginning of the row DO count as stitch.

Ch 2 Sp in the center does NOT count in stitch count.

Blocking when finished is not necessary, but advised.

Availability

This pattern is available to purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy.

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Sizzling Summer Tee

If you’ve read my bio in the “About” section, you would have read that I test patterns for other designers. Many of the patterns I’ve tested have been garments.

The Sizzling Summer Tee is my first garment design, but not my last. I hope you love it as much as I do.

If you have been crocheting for a while and have always wanted to make a garment, THIS IS THE PATTERN FOR YOU!

The instructions are easy to follow and I’ve done my best to make it as simple as possible. Should you have questions while making it, I’m usually always available to help you through it.

My Inspiration

The Sizzling Summer Tee was inspired by my Madi Cardi, set to release Fall 2020. While the cardigan is intended to be worn in autumn and winter, I wanted something that would be perfect for spring and summer.

Although the two patterns are similar, there are enough differences that they shouldn’t have the same names. So after a lengthy inner dialogue, I’ve decided to keep them separate.

That means, eventually, there will be a Sizzling Summer Collection!!!

The Yarn

The yarn I decided to use was “Lion Brand’s ZZ Twist” in the color way Periwinkle. A few months ago I was able to score 10 skeins for $1.00 each, normal price is roughly $5.00! For that price, I had to give it a try.

This was the first time I’ve used this yarn. I’m not too sure if I’ll purchase anymore. I liked it, but it is not my favorite.

I’m glad that I gave the yarn a try, it worked perfectly for the Sizzling Summer Tee.

ZZ Twist is listed as a #4 weight, but it is on the lighter side of the worsted weight category. A few substitutes would be Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend, Caron Cotton Cakes, and Caron Simply Soft.

When substituting the yarn, make sure that you do a gauge swatch to make you will end up with the intended measurements.

Sizes and Yardage Needed

The sizes range from XS to 3X. There is a positive ease of 2″ and will be loose fitting. Below you will see the sizes available, the range of your bust size, the finished measurements for that size and the estimated yardage needed.

XS – 28-30″ – 32″ – 700 yards
S – 32-34″ – 36″ – 800 yards
M – 36-38″ – 40″ – 900 yards
L – 40-42″ – 44″ – 1000 yards
XL – 44-46″ – 48″ – 1100 yards
2X – 48-50″ – 52″ – 1200 yards
3X – 52-54″ – 56″ – 1300 yards

Supplies

The supplies needed are:
– The appropriate amount of yarn for your size
– I/5.50mm crochet hook
– Measuring tape
– Stitch markers
– Yarn needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Rs – Right side
SDc – Starting Double Crochet
STr – Starting Treble Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Tr – Treble Crochet
Ws – Wrong side

Stitch Definitions

Starting Double Crochet – (also known as Long Chain Double Crochet or Chainless Starting Double Crochet.)  Pull up your loop to the height of your usual Double Crochet. Yarn over, insert into the 1st St, yarn over, pull through the Stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on the hook, yarn over, pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.

Starting Treble Crochet – Worked the same way as the Starting Double Crochet but the height of a Treble Crochet.

Pattern Notes

Pattern is written in American Crochet Terms.

Ch 3 can be substituted for SDc.

Ch 4 can be substituted for STr.

Construction consists of:
working the body in turned rounds from the bottom up & two panels for the upper body to form armholes.

Sizes – Pattern is worked in size XS with additional sizes in parentheses.

I advise starting a new skein/ball to do the back panel, just in case you need to add to the front panel for a proper fit.

My Favorite Part

My favorite part about this design is that its completely adjustable to your liking. If you wanted it to fall more to your waist instead of your hips, go for it. If you want it slightly longer than your hips to cover your bum a little bit more, go for it.

The Sizzling Summer Tee makes the perfect beach coverup too!

Availability

The Sizzling Summer Tee Pattern is available to purchase on Etsy and Ravelry.


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