While away on vacation I made some dishcloths. What you say? Crochet?! I know, I know. I haven't talked crochet in a while. But, I hope you'll like what I'm sharing today.
This is my version of a half double crochet ridge dishcloth. It's super easy and works up in a snap. I'm calling it Ruffles and Ridges (the blue and green in the photo above). Ruffles for the edging and of course the ridge for the raised ridge this technique creates. The one pictured in yellow was completed with a reverse single crochet round.
The only thing a beginner might find difficult is working in the 3rd loop of the half double crochet. I found some good tutorials for those who might not be familiar with working in the 3rd loop. Moogly has a video tutorial using the stitch worked in the round and discusses the technique in her blog post entitled Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop. Also referenced in her post is a link to another good article on the stitch from My Hobby Is Crochet. I wasn't familiar with this blog, but thought the post was very informative. I'll let you browse through the articles and see the different ways you can use this versatile stitch.
Below is my version of a half double crochet ridge dishcloth.
Example, pictured below, showing a hdc in the 3rd loop:
The "3rd loop" is on the side of your piece when working flat. Not to be confused with the loops on top that are often referred to as either the front loop or back loop.
Ruffles and Ridges Dishcloth
"H" Hook (5.00 mm)
100% Cotton worsted weight (approx. 2 oz)
Blunt needle for weaving in ends
Note: Turning chain (tch) is included in stitch count.
Row 1 - hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across (28 hdc + ch 2 for beg hdc = 29 sts)
Row 2 - ch 2, turn, sk 1st hdc, working in 3rd loop of hdc, hdc in next 3rd loop of hdc and each 3rd loop across ending with a hdc in tch (29 sts).
Repeat Row 2 until dishcloth is square. Fasten off.
Round 1 - ch 1, sc an even number of sts around dishcloth with 3 sc in each corner, sl st to beg sc.
Round 2 - ch 1, sc in same st as sl st, *ch 2, sk 1 sc, sc in next st, repeat from * around cloth to last sc, ch 2, sk last sc, sc in same st as beg sc. Fasten off.
Weave in loose ends.
beg - beginning
ch - chain
hdc - half double crochet
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
st(s) - stitches
tch - turning chain
Make it a great day!