In Which the Pirate Cheats a Little.

Yes, I know I said I wouldn’t start anything new until I’d finished my current projects, but what kind of treat is yarn that I’m not allowed to touch? Besides, I needed a new washcloth. So I began yet another, using the free Woven Stitch pattern for the third time. I guess that makes it my favourite washcloth pattern so far. It’s easy to memorize and works up quickly – okay, to be fair, most washcloth patterns are like that, but I just keep coming back to this one. Maybe next time I’ll try something new. Pirate-Ex (I’m going to have to come up with a better name for him. Seriously.) asked if I’d make a white washcloth for him with a less hole-y fabric, something really thick and dense. I’ll find a good pattern and drop down a hook size, and it should come out to be what he’s looking for.

For this one I started with a chain of 38, since that’s given me a good-sized washcloth before, and crossed my fingers that I’d come up with another argyle – and I did! The first time I made this pattern, the argyle worked out perfectly. The second time, I got zig-zags instead. Those didn’t look bad, but I’m happy to have gotten the argyle again! It’s more clear in person; for some reason the picture makes it look much more messy and colour-splotched.

It only takes two casual evenings to crochet a washcloth, and if I work in a relaxed mindset and don’t try to hurry, it doesn’t strain my wrist too badly. In addition to the instant gratification of finishing a project in a few hours, there is something incredibly soul-satisfying about using my hand-crafted work in such a mundane manner. It makes me look forward to the next time I wash my face!

Maybe it’s the way the colour has played out, or maybe I changed something about how I’m forming the stitches, but it seems that the stitch pattern looks slightly different from the last time I made this pattern. No worries, it’s still a perfectly functional – and pretty! – washcloth. I worked a simple single crochet border around the edges and included a loop so that I can hang it to dry.

I had three grams of yarn left when I was finished. Not bad, not bad at all!

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