Looking forward to spring and having fun dreaming of Easter and spring weather. Mornings come earlier, sun is up before the work day starts, and I’m having fun playing with colorful cotton yarn and enjoying the longer days tremendously. I have created two new dishcloth designs for practicing some simple intarsia crochet. The Easter Egg Wash Cloth is a beginner-friendly intarsia pattern, this one is the best next step but, if you take your time and practice patience, even this Bunny Dishcloth is a nice entry-level to practice switching colors multiple times in a single row. It’s a lot of fun to see the designs come to life.
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Lemon peel fabric: Using SC and DC repeated across every row including the color change rows creates a textured crochet fabric that looks the same and looks lovely on both sides. It’s my absolute favorite crochet fabric.
Instead of using simple sc in every row like many intarsia patterns, the rows are a bit taller and I’ve adjusted my charts to allow for the slight difference so the shape isn’t distorted.
The Bunny Wash Cloth Pattern:
Yarn: 100% cotton in your favorite color choices
Main Body Color: Loops & Threads Creme Cotton in bright pink
Bunny Color: Loops & Threads Creme Cotton in gray
Hook: H (5mm)
When using Loops & Thread Cotton Creme and a 5mm hook, I start with Chain 25 and my dishcloths end up measuring about 8” square. You can add/subtract if you want a bit larger or smaller size.
The starting chain must be any even number + 1
Stitches: Lemon Peel [sc (single crochet) and dc (double crochet)]
Pro Tip: When using the Lemon Peel texture, you will alternate sc, dc in every row. You will always start the row with sc and you will always end the row with dc (24 sts). This way you are always putting a sc in the dc from the row below, and you are always putting a dc in the sc from the row below.
Starting Chain: Chain 25.
Row 1: sc in 2nd stitch from hook and sc across to create a nice base row, ch. 1 and turn
Rows 2 through 21: *sc, dc* repeat *to* across, ch. 1 and turn. Follow the chart for color changes.
Pro Tip: To practice the intarsia technique, when starting the bunny color in Row 3, don’t finish the 8th stitch with the main color. Instead, to finish the stitch, when you have two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through your bunny color to finish the 8th stitch. Then use the tapestry technique and “carry along” your main body color when working the 8 bunny colored stitches. You hide the main color by sandwiching it, stitching OVER the main color as you carry it along. Again, same advice for the 8th bunny color stitch in Row 3, start the stitch but when there are 2 loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the main body color, then don’t carry along the bunny color to finish the row. Instead, put the bunny color yarn to the back side of the fabric and drop it. Then finish the 8 main color stitches, chain 1 and turn, and start Row 4. Continue by picking up the bunny color only to make the bunny stitches and always drop the bunny color yarn to the wrong side of the fabric to maintain consistency when picking up and dropping the yarn. Here is a video that takes you from Row 4 to Row 6 of this Easter Egg wash cloth to show you what I mean:
Row 22: Lemon Peel (sc, dc) across, ch. 1 and turn
Border finish: One round of sc with 3 sc in each corner. Tie off and weave in ends.
This is a great springtime pattern just in time for the Easter Bunny to come hopping into town.
Stay creative and keep creating,