These nostalgic dishcloths celebrate the sweet simplicity of a festive birthday cake made from scratch. A simple and beautiful granny square is topped off with bright edging, much like icing florets. These make lovely gifts, but I made these just for me!
Party Cake Dishcloths
By Jennifer Dickerson
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- 7 inches wide and 7 inches tall
- I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
- Brightly colored cotton yarn (Yarn used for the dishcloths shown is Peaches & Creme Solids in Bright Lime, Bright Pink, Bright Blue, and Ecru)
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
This dishcloth is a classic granny square with a simple single crochet round, then finished off with an easy scallop edging. Here is a photo tutorial to guide that may help you when making your granny square:
Chain 4, join into a ring with a slip stitch.
Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring. Join to close with a slip stitch.
Now if you want to make round 2 in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch1 at the corner and keep going. If you want to switch colors…cut yarn, leaving a tail, and fasten it with a slip stitch. Join the new yarn at one of the corners as shown and tie securely.
Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 4, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space…first corner done!
Then chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.
Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 4, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1. To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space then chain 1…repeat until you reach a corner again.
Keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives you those pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.
Repeat round 3 twice more, join with a slip stitch and fasten off. If you would like your dishcloth to be larger, simply work round 3 as many times as you need to achieve the desired size.
Edging round 1: Work a single crochet into each stitch on every side stitch of the square, work 3 sc in each corner of the square. Join with a slip stitch and fasten off.
Edging round 2: Tie on a new color in one of the corners and in the first stitch, work (sc, ch 3, sc) all in the same stitch. Skip the next stitch. In the next stitch, work a slip stitch. Continue in this sequence all the way around the square until you reach the end. Join with a slip stitch to close and fasten off.
Weave in any ends.
© Jennifer Dickerson 2013