Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mitered Dishcloth Shell Edge

Due to popular demand...haha...
(actually no one asked, but I think someone may have wanted to ask ???),

I've created a free photo tutorial for the shell edge on the mitered dishcloth pattern.

It looks like this:
 And this is how it's done:
First you will need to start off with a mitered dishcloth made from the
instant downloadable and chock full of photos pattern found here.

These differ a bit from the pattern as the ones pictured are worked in both loops of the sc,
just like a regular sc, for a flatter surface for the cherries to rest upon.

If you use this yarn it makes a pretty thick dishcloth.
I actualy prefer a lighter yarn (dk-sport) for a dishcloth and then
I double up two dishcloths with a sc join together if I want to use as a hot pad.
This yarn makes them almost thick enough for a potholder...
but be careful not to get burned unless it's super thick.

Here's an option for a bi-color dishcloth:

If you would like to change color midstream then do this:

  Pull the new color through the last sc of your row:

 Then continue as usual:

Until you get the desired number of rows:
  Then weave in all your ends.

 You could stop here, and you would still have a
mighty fine dishcloth, but that is not what this post is about! :-)

  So, here it goes with the shell edge:

Join the yarn at the base of the "loop":

ch 1

jump over to the area as indicated in the below photos and sc:

ch one:
  sc here:
  keep doing this all the way around,
to the base of the other side of the loop.
Do you see where I went in for each sc?

If not, does this help?:

When you come to the two bottom sides, just skip a st in between each sc 
(don't forget to ch in between the sc's.)
It's easier on these two sides. :-)

It's kind of difficult to see this in the following photo,
 but in the corners, don't skip stitches:

When you get to the loop,
sc all the way around.

then join with a sl st to the beginning ch.

Now, sc in the next st

Then place 4 dc in the ch space from the previous row:

sc in  the next ch space:

Keep doing this alternating 4 dc and 1 sc in each ch space from the previous row.
(This is fun, huh?)

The corner will need to be played with a bit,
try not to skip any spaces so that your corner will be flat.

Here are a few more corner shots:
(They are all slightly different,
and I like that!)

Keep going until you get to the base of the right hand side of the loop,
sl st to join.

And that's it!
Oh, you may want to weave in the ends.
Weaving is fun because you can correct and tighten the beginnings and ends a bit,
with some clever weaving. ;-)
You could stop here if you like....


Do you want to make that cute cherry embellishment?
Then go to the lovely Next to Nicx blog 
and the free pattern can be found by clicking here.
You might want to stay there a bit.
It's a wonderful place!
I used Knitpicks Comfy Fingering in Holly Berry and Peapod.
Found here.
I imagine a sport or dk weight would work too.

These are addictive little buggers!

In my out-of-control state,
I made the following:

This could happen to you!
You've been warned!!! :-)


  1. What a nice idea. I hope you will share it at my link up now :)

  2. Adorable! The cherries are so cute. :) Thanks for doing this photo tutorial, and you're right - I would have wanted to ask! I really like the shell edging you came up with, it does look fun to work in the chain spaces.

  3. Ooh, very pretty, Astri! I like the scalloped edge; I'll have to try that. Thanks!

  4. You've explained this so well, Astri, and the step by step photos are a big help. The end result is lovely and yes, you're right, they are addictive! I've made five already, one with a picot edging and the others waiting for their shells!

  5. Oh what pretty dishclothes Astri. To pretty to wash dishes with.


  6. Very pretty! You have definitely got the cherry bug! xx

  7. These are very nice, KP needs some please!

  8. They are fabulous Astri, so pretty. :)