Continuing on in the Home Decorations theme, this week I will look more specifically at Kitchen Crochet projects. I think this room is often neglected from a crochet point of view, and until recently, was not a room I considered crocheting anything for.
A few weeks ago, however, I received from a friend, a couple of dish cloths, which I thought were too pretty to use. Once I finally decided to give them a go, I loved them. They wash dishes great and can also easily be chucked in the washing machine. We already used reusable dish cloths but the cotton actually makes washing the dishes even easier.
When I saw the new range of cotton by Women's Institute in Hobbycraft on offer, I decided to get some. They have some lovely colours (all those shown below, plus black and cream. They feel lovely and are 85% cotton so I thought would be perfect to try making some of my own dish cloths. I am also using this as an excuse to try out some new stitches and patterns I have been meaning to try but haven't quite found the time yet.
I started with a waves and chevron pattern (from '200 Crochet stitches' Book) and really love the design. The colours in this particular cotton all look amazing in this design. I didn't stop with just the dish cloth. I also decided to try and make a tea towel with the same pattern. I figured if the cotton would work well enough to wash dishes, it should also work great to dry them.
After some testing in the kitchen, I really like how they work. The dish cloth seems to lift tough stains easy, much easier than my previous dish cloths, plus it looks a whole lot better. It is also super absorbent, so perfect for wiping up all the messes my kids seem to make when eating. In fact, I think I will probably make a few more just solely for wiping the kids up after meal times.
The tea towel works great at drying the dishes too. It doesn't smear and is super absorbent which is great when there is lost to dry, I didn't feel like I needed a new one out after drying up only a few items. It also seems to be really soft and works great as a hand towel too, so maybe I could even make some for the bathroom with this cotton! I also added a hanging hook in the corner of the tea towel as it annoys me they don't usually have them. Now they should never end up on the floor!
Finally I found a linking flower pattern and was going to make another tea towel with it, however, after looking at it I think it would actually make a much better place mat for the middle of the table. I'll probably experiment with it and see where I like it.
I haven't washed these particular makes yet, although I can't imagine there would be a problem as long as they are washed on a cool wash and air dried. Certainty the other cotton dish cloths have washed great, they may take a bit longer to dry though due to their great absorbency.
I hope that you have enjoyed looking at my Crochet Kitchen Projects, and that it may have inspired you to make some of your own. I'll definitely be making more of all of these for my kitchen (and bathroom too!)
See you next week,