52 Dishcloth Patterns

imageFor some time now, Knit Picks has been posting a free pattern a week for dishcloths. I generally knit the same simple pattern over and over for mine, because after a few uses, a dishcloth tends to look, well, like a used dishcloth. But some of these are pretty enough to give as gifts. I like to use a nice one to gift wrap small items like soaps or shower gel. This site contains both knit and crochet designs.

So, without the proverbial further ado,

here’s the link

to all these great little free patterns. (Wait, isn’t ” great little” an oxymoron?”)

15 Homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns

It’s so wasteful to use and discard those disposable  covers for the Swiffer mop, convenient though it may be. Solution:  TipNut has listed 15 different ways to make reusable Swiffer cloths; guilt free mopping. And great for using up leftover yarn. img_1002Yay!! I’ve been using the washable pads provided with my Shark floor steamer, and just toss them in the washer instead of the trash can (and landfill).


Round Yoke Poncho

This pattern caught my eye immediately when it was posted. It’s by Lion Brand, and though they’re calling it a poncho, it actually has cuffs, so it seems to be one of the new sweater-shawl  designs that have been cropping up lately. I ordered the yarn, LB’s Amazing, which is a single strand, wool acrylic blend, in the Strawberry Field colorway. The set up is a bit tricky, because the increases depend on moving markers every row, but after a few false starts, I got it right and it’s now working up quickly, on a size J-10 (6 mm) hook. Free pattern can be found here.

Huntley Gift Bag


If you love to crochet, head on over to Little Monkeys Crochet , a blog full of cool patterns in all sorts of categories. The one that caught my eye is this pretty bag, made with about 275 yards of  medium weight cotton using a couple of stitches on a size H hook. It’s a free pattern, and Rebecca gives permission to sell things made with her free patterns so long as credit is given. The finished bag is 9″L x 3″W x 6″H. It looks easy enough to make larger or smaller.

This looks like a perfectly portable summer project, especially for a plane trip. No needles to scare security. One summer I lost an $18 pair of knitting needles at Charles deGaulle Airport checkpoint…. Now I bring plastic. Or crochet.

Sigh. Here’s the pattern. Thank you, Rebecca!

Moroccan Basket


Saw this today on my Lion Brand newsletter, but it’s not a LB pattern. It comes from Moogly, a site with the tagline “crochet•knitting•world domination”.  The basket was designed by Tamara Kelly, who’s also on Ravelry and probably lots of other places, and Lion featured it because she used their Heartland Thick & Quick yarn. Tamara also notes that she lined it with another layer of crochet, making it sturdier and better able to hold its shape. She also includes handy links to tutorials on Moroccan stitch and other techniques.

You can find the pattern right over here.

Now back to Moogly to check out more cool things!


2016 Sheep/Wool Events, Southern New England

Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association SHEEP, WOOL & FIBER FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 30, 2016                                       cupcakes1.jpg

 Rain or Shine

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tolland Agricultural Center

Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT

GPS – 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT



RI Wool and Fiber Festival

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

10 AM–5 PM



Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

May 28-29, 2016

Cummington Fairgrounds

97 Fairgrounds Road

Cummington, Massachusetts 01026



Fair Admission:
Parking – $10 per car,  $15 for a two day pass
No ATM available, please plan accordingly.


Fiber Revival

Saturday, August 13, 2016
9am to 4pm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Newburyport Spinners Guild and Historic New England

5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts


$6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property. Historic New England members free.


The Fiber Festival of New England

November 5 & 6
Saturday, 9am-5pm                            011
Sunday, 9am-3pm

Presented by Eastern States Exposition &
New England Sheep & Wool Growers Assn
Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition


Tomboy Hat – vintage crochet

From Fashion, number 185, an American Thread pamphlet from the 1960’s. The yarns specified are no longer available, but this should work with other worsted weight yarns. Click on the image at left to see enlarged instructions.

Addendum 8/1/12, for those having trouble with the instructions above:

1st round: ch4, join, ch3, work 15dc in ring, do not join. Place a marker at beg each round.
2nd round: # Skip 1 st, 5 sc in next st, rpt from # all around (8 inc pts)
3rd round: Skip 1 st, # 1 sc in next st, 5 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, skip 2 sc, rpt from # all around.

4th round: #1 sc in each of next 2sts, 5sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip 2 sts, rpt from # all around
5th round: # 1sc in each of next 3sts, 5sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, skip 2 sts, rpt from # around
Next 7 rounds: Same manner as last round having 1 more st between pts in each round

13th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 9 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 9 sts, 2sctog, skip 2sts, repeat from # all around
14th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 8sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 8sts, 2sctog, skip 2 sc, rpt from # around
15th round: 2sc tog, #1sc in each of next 15sts (no inc at pts), 2sctog, skip 2sc, rpt from # around
16th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 11 sts, 2sctog, skip 2sc, rpt from # around

17th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 7sts, 2sctog, skip 2sc, rpt from # around
18th round: 1sc in each of next 7sts, skip 2sts, rpt from beg all around
19th, 20th and 21st rounds: 1sc in each sc. Cut yarn.

Peak: Right side 1st row: with right side facing, work into front loop of sts only attach yarn in 4th sc before any dec pt, sc in same space, 1sc in each of next 8sts, cut yarn (4sts each side of dec pt with 1sc at dec pt) Do not turn at end of rows of peak.

2nd peak row: Attach yarn in 2sts before 1st sc of peak, working in front loop of sts at beg and end of rows of beret throughout 2sc in same space, 1sc in next sc, working into back loop of sts across peak sts throughout, 1sc into each of the 9sc of 1st row of peak, 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, cut yarn.

3rd peak row: attach yarn in 2sts before 1st sc of previous row, 2sc in same sc, 1sc in next sc, 1sc in each sc of peak, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, cut yarn.
4th and 5th peak rows: attach yarn in sc before 1st sc of prev row of peak, 3sc in same space, 1sc in each sc of peak, 3sc in next sc, cut yarn
6th peak row: attach yarn in 2sts before 1st sc of prev row, sc in same space, skip next sc, 1sc in each sc of peak, skip 1sc, sc in next sc, cut yarn

Wrong side: with wrong sides of peak tog attach yarn in 1st free loop at base of 1st row of peak, 1sc in each remaining free loop of peak, cut yarn. Work 3 more rows of peak same as right side, but work through both loops of sts.
6th row wrong side: same as right side but attach in st before 1st sc, complete row.
7th row wrong side: work in sc attaching yarn in 1st sc of peak, cut yarn.

Finishing: with right side facing attach yarn and sl st both sections of peak tog, working through back loop of sts. Continue all around beret with a sl st, join, cut yarn.

Thanks to knotrune for the transcription.