A couple of weeks ago I won a 50g ball of Red Heart Miami in a giveaway over on the UK Crochet Patterns blog.
There was only one condition…that I make something with the yarn and review it on my blog.
I had heard of Red Heart yarns on quite a few American blogs that I read but didn’t know they were selling in the UK too. The cotton is a bright yellow/orange colour so I thought that it would suit making a crochet star washcloth. So I armed myself with my 3.5mm bamboo hook to look for a suitable pattern online. I found this pattern on the Crochet Spot website and translated it from US to UK terms as follows:
Round 1: ch 2, 10 dc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a sl st to first dc: 10 dc
Round 2: ch 2, dc in first dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, (2 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc) four times, skipping last dc join with a sl st in top of ch-2: 9 dc, 5 ch-1
Round 3: Skip 1st ch-1 space, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each ch-1 space around, join with sl st in the dc before the first ch-1: 20 dc, 5 ch-1
From here until the end of the pattern, do not join at the end of a round. Use stitch markers at the beginning of each round if needed.
Round 4:[(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1, dc in next dc, skip 1 st, dc in next dc] four times, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in last ch-1, dc in next dc, skip dc, dc in last 2 dc: 31 dc, 5 ch-1
Round 5: [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, skip 1 st, dc in next 2 dc] four times, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in last ch-1, dc in next 2 dc, skip dc, dc in last 3 dc: 41 dc, 5 ch-1
For Baby Washcloth repeat Round 4, increasing the dc’s between ch-1′s by 1 (as is shown in Round 5) until Round 11.
Round 11: dc in each dc around, skipping all ch-1 spaces, sl st in first dc made joining to beginning of round, finish off: 79 dc
For Large Washcloth repeat Round 4, increasing the dc’s between ch-1′s by 1 (as is shown in Round 5) until Round 14.
Round 14: dc in each dc around, skipping all ch-1 spaces, sl st in first dc made joining to beginning of round, finish off: 94 dc
Here’s my star washcloth. I actually crocheted 15 rounds just to make it a little bit bigger For my Round 14 I increased the same way I did for the previous rounds and then for the final round I dc in each dc all the way around, skipping the ch-1 spaces then sl st into the first dc made joining the beginning of the round to finish off.
I found the cotton smooth and pleasant to use, it was soft and the colour vibrant. I think I could use the remaining yarn to make a few mini stars for Christmas bunting (is it wrong to think about Christmas crafts in the middle of July?!).