Sunday, July 19, 2015

Making the Scallop Seashell Washcloth: Part Three


  It's time to start the border of the Scallop Seashell Washcloth! If you've skipped ahead to this section, then you should know that I'm using a smaller hook than the pattern calls for. You'll see a size H/8 - 5.00MM hook being used in the tutorial photos. There's going to be a lot of steps, so look for the link to the tutorial you need if you want to skip ahead (at end of post). Let's get to it!





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Here's the finished body. Turn it almost completely upside down to begin in Row 2, but don't flip it over!

Here you can see Rows 1 and 2 highlighted. Row 2 is where you will begin.


Join with a slip stitch (sl st) in the side post space of Row 2.

Chain (ch) 5 to begin. This counts as a beginning double crochet (dc) and chain-2.

Make 1 dc in the same space.

Make 2 dc in the side-post space of row 1.

The next stitch will be a front-post dc (fpdc) in the next available dc of Row 1. You can easily find the stitch by following the line of raised post stitches.

The fpdc stitch will be in front of the beginning circle, and may seem a bit odd until you make the next stitch. 

Make a dc in the space between the fpdc and the next stitch. This will begin to secure the beginning circle if you've left it loose.

Working across, you will make a fpdc the next dc, then make a dc in the space after. Stop before the last stitch. But... Where's the last stitch?

That last stitch will be a bit tricky to find with all those stitches squeezed into the row! Here I've used a smaller hook to pull it out from under the previous stitch. 

Moving around to the side, make 2 dc in the side-post space of Row 1.

Make (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in the next side-post space (Row 2).

Ch 2. Now get ready for that single crochet three together (sc3tog)! It will begin in this same space.

Here I'm pulling up the loops of my sc3tog with extra slack, so it's easier to follow each. Pull up a loop in the same space as the last stitch, then pull up a loop in each of the next 2 side-post spaces.

When you make your sc3tog with normal tension, it will begin to pull the pattern a bit, before you pull through the loops on the hook.

And once you pull through all four loops on the hook, it will really pull together! Finding where to work into the chain-space and the sc3tog in the next round is the biggest complaint I've heard, so mark these stitches now if you need. 



We've worked past the first major obstacle!

Click here to continue the tutorial

-Or, skip to the section you need:

Part One - Body - Tips for beginning the pattern, increases, and post stitches

Part Two - Body - Finishing the last row

Part Five - Border - The beginning of round 2 up to the first sc3tog

Part Six - Border - Finishing the pattern!

Happy Crocheting!

Making the Scallop Seashell Washcloth: Part Two


  Welcome back to the Scallop Seashell Washcloth tutorial! In this section, we'll cover the last row of the body. Before we start, a reminder again: The original pattern calls for a size I/9-5.50MM hook, but I'l be using a smaller size for the tutorial. Let's get to it!





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Here's the pattern worked up to row 9: Get ready to start the last row!

To begin row 10, chain (ch) 1 to count as the first single crochet (sc).

The next stitch is a single crochet three together (sc3tog). Pull up a loop in each of the next three stitches. (4 loops on hook)

Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on the hook to complete the sc3tog. To begin the repeat in parenthesis ( ) from the pattern, make 1 half-double crochet (hdc) in the next stitch.

Make a front-post double crochet (fpdc) in the back-post dc.

Make a hdc in the next stitch - not in the same stitch as for other rows.

Make 1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches. This completes the first set of parenthesis ( ) from the pattern.

Working across for the repeat, make (1 hdc, 1 fpdc, 1 hdc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches) 2 more times.

Across the next three stitches: Make 1 hdc, 1 fpdc, 1 hdc.

Single crochet the next 3 stitches together.

To finish row 10: Make a single crochet in the last stitch.

Bind off! You may choose to weave in your ends now, or you can work over them for the first part of the border. I work over mine as far as I can, then save them to weave in at the end.



That finishes the body, now we'll get to the border! Click here for the next tutorial.

-Or, choose the tutorial that you need:

Part One - Body - Tips for beginning the pattern, increases, and post stitches

Part Four - Border - The remainder of the first round after the first sc3tog

Part Five - Border - The beginning of round 2 up to the first sc3tog

Part Six - Border - Finishing the pattern!

Happy Crocheting!

Making the Scallop Seashell Washcloth: Part One


  It's finally here! This tutorial has been horribly delayed. I can't say much other than I'm sorry. Life kinda gets in the way of crochet sometimes, so hopefully you can forgive me.




  I know that the most complaints are about the sc3tog in the border, but I'm including a partial tutorial for the body, too. I'll show you how to begin it in this post. After helping a fellow crocheter figure out the border, we discovered that his stitch count was off because of a few missed stitches in the body - That's okay, it happens! If you just need help with the border, follow the links to find the tutorial you need! (Found at the end of this post.) 


  Before we begin, I would like to note that I'll be using a smaller hook size in the tutorial. The original pattern calls for a size I/9-5.50MM hook, but I wanted to use a smaller hook this time, to see if it makes a better dishcloth. Gauge isn't too important for this pattern, but mine seemed to come out looking a little short with the smaller hook - maybe it was just my tension. FYI: The smaller hook did make the finished pattern slightly stiffer and scrubbier. It's still too pretty to use for dishes. Anyway, let's get to it!


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The pattern begins with a magic circle. Chain (ch) 3 to count as the first double crochet (dc), then make 5 more dc in the circle. If you don't like beginning with a magic circle, you can also begin with a slipknot, chain 3, then make the 5 dc in the farthest chain from the hook.

For row 2: Chain 3 and turn. The next stitch will be a front post dc (fpdc). Insert hook from front to back to front again under the post of the next stitch. Complete the stitch as for a dc.

Here's that trouble stitch: The next stitch (dc) is made in the top of the same stitch as the front-post stitch. To find the space, you may need to pull the post stitch to the side or down a bit. 

Once you insert the hook to make the next stitch, the post stitch will fall in front of your hook. It's a little annoying to make the first few of these stitches, but once you do it a couple times, you'll be shoving that stitch out of the way and working on with no trouble.

The completed stitch will look like this. The front-post stitch will jog downwards between the two dc.

Make (1 front-post dc and 1 dc in the same stitch) two more times to complete the pattern repeat. You will now have a total of seven dc in the row.

Complete Row 2 with a fpdc in the next stitch, and a dc in the last. The turning chain is hard to find after that post-stitch; make sure you don't miss it!

Row 3 begins with ch 3 for the first dc, and one dc in the same stitch for an increase.

The next stitch will be a back-post dc (bpdc). Insert the hook from back to front in the space before the next stitch.

Insert the hook from front to back in the space after the stitch. 

Complete the stitch as for a dc. This stitch begins the pattern repeat in parenthesis ( ).

Make 1 dc in the next stitch. (No post stitches to move out of the way in return rows!) This completes the first set in ( ).

Repeat (1 bpdc, 1 dc in next) 3 more times, ending in the turning chain. There will be 10 dc in the row at this point.

Make 1 dc in the same stitch as the last to complete the row.


  Unless you want a 1,000 picture tutorial (lol, not really, but close enough), it's time to move on. Each row with front-post stitches will have a dc after the post stitch, but make sure you don't make an extra stitch after the last fpdc. Each row with back-post stitches will have increases in the beginning and ending stitches. Watch your stitch count! We'll be skipping ahead to the last row of the body in the next tutorial.



-Or, skip to the tutorial you need:



Part Five - Border - The beginning of round 2 up to the first sc3tog

Part Six - Border - Finishing the pattern!


Happy Crocheting!

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