Monday, June 19, 2017

Easy Crochet Review: Awesome Washcloth pattern by Mama in a Stitch

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I'm crafty by nature. And I always say that I was crafty before crafty was cool. TRUTH
And even though I have a crazy-eyed toddler running around, I still love to DIY and craft new things. Really, I have to craft every once in a while or else I start losing my mind.
But, like I said, I have a toddler and it's hard to work on some items:

  • beaded necklaces (are you crazy?! Do you want beads everywhere?!)
  • sewing (well, if you don't mind a toddler on your lap the entire time or trying to keep tiny hands from sharp things)
  • mod-podge (are you crazy?! Do you want mod-podge on everything?!
  • crochet (but so many stitches, so many rows)

But I've been desperate lately. So I searched and searched Pinterest for an easy crochet pattern... something I could finish in a weekend (because of my short attention span, not my toddler's) and something that wasn't too complicated in case I get interrupted in the middle of a stitch.
I found a couple that looked worthy. I started one and I couldn't finish. It wasn't too difficult, but I knew I couldn't put it down (to wipe sticky hands) and easily pick it back up right where I left off. So I pulled that one apart after a few rows.
I then started the Farm House Washcloth crochet pattern by Mama in a Stitch. And it was SO easy. I was able to complete it over the weekend, putting it down at least a few dozen times to chase my kiddo or eat a meal. When I picked it back up I was easily able to start again.

Seriously, I am in love with this pattern. I plan to make a few more because I prefer to use wash rags instead of sponges in my kitchen. Plus I may make some smaller ones for my kiddo to use during bath time.

As I stitched it up, I did make the following changes:

  • It says to chain 24 stitches, but after I did that my cloth was very small (but the pattern is for a 9"x9" cloth). So I added more stitches according to the directions. I did this until it was closer to 9". I guess I just make tight stitches... your version may vary too.
  • I didn't bother with a finishing border. I messed up a row and it was a little funky on the edge, so I decided not to fight with trying to put a border. But I can see why it would look nice, so I plan to add this to my next one.

Like I said, this is a perfect pattern for a busy, crafty mama.

Please check out Mama in a Stitch's website... she has a ton of beautiful patterns. She also has an Etsy shop where you can purchase some bigger patterns for a very reasonable cost.

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