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Monday, May 10, 2010

Crochet Starflake Tawashi with patterns

I wasn't really sure what else to call these. They aren't really stars and they aren't snowflakes. So I'm going with starflakes.
Wikipedia page about tawashi.
I love my acrylic tawashi, they work very well for cleaning my coffee cups and coffee pot without using any dish detergent. I use cheap acrylic yarn from thrift stores. These two were made with some Wintuk yarn that's fairly rough.
I've had people say the first in the round pattern they crocheted was my Quick and Easy Washcloth, which makes a lovely gift with soap but is a little too open for using as a tawashi. So I designed these two with dishes in mind. Instead of using slip stitches to join the chain 3s to the starting dcs, I used ch 1, dc in 3rd stitch of the ch 3 because that way instead of having to slip stitch back through the dcs, you are starting right at the top of a loop.



Using worsted weight acrylic yarn and a size F hook

Ch 1 or magic ring
Round 1: ch 1(does not count as first sc), 6 sc in ring or first ch, if ring, tighten. Sl st to join
Round 2: ch 1(does not count as first sc), 2 sc in each stitch around, sl st to join (12 sts)
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, *ch 3, 2 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next st,* repeat ** around, ch 1, dc in top chain of first ch 3. (6 ch 3 spaces)
Round 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same loop, *3 dc in next loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same loop* repeat ** around until you get back to the first space. 3 dc in first space, ch 1, 1 dc in top ch of first ch 3 (6 ch 3 loops and 6 spaces)
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) 2 dc in same space, ch 1, sc in next space, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 3 loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same loop, ch 1, sc in next space, ch 1*, repeat ** around, in first space, 3 dc, ch 3, sl st in top ch of first ch 3
Round 6: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in same stitch, sc in next 3 sts, skip st, sc in next 4 sts, sc in ch 3 loop, *ch 3, sc in same loop, sc in next 4 sts, skip st, sc in next 4 stitches, sc in loop*, repeat ** around, when you're in the last ch 3 loop, ch 3, sl st to join. Break off and weave in ends.

Ch 1 or magic ring
Round 1: ch 1(does not count as first sc), 6 sc in ring or first ch, if ring, tighten. Sl st to join
Round 2: ch 1(does not count as first sc), 2 sc in each stitch around, sl st to join (12 sts)
Round 3: ch 3 (counts as first hdc and ch 1), *hdc in next st, ch 1*, repeat ** around, sl st in second ch of ch 3 to join (12 ch 1 spaces)
Round 4: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), *2 sc in space, 3 sc in next sp*, repeat ** around, sl st to join. (30 stitches)
Round 5: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, *ch 3, skip 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts*, repeat ** around, ch 1, dc in first st to join. (6 ch 3 loops)
Round 6: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), dc in same loop, ch 1, skip st, sc in next st (middle of the 3 sc on the previous round), *ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1 in ch 3 loop, skip st, sc in next st*, repeat ** around, ch 1, dc in first loop, ch 1, dc in same loop, ch 1, sl st in 3rd ch on first ch 4 to join.
Round 7:ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, skip st, *sc in next 4 sts, sc in loop, ch 3, sc in same loop, sc in next 4 sts*,  repeat ** around, sc in next 4 sts, sc in loop, ch 3, sc in loop, sl st to join, break off, weave in ends.

Because they are hexagons, they should work for patchwork crochet as well.




2 comments:

  1. I started making these to do my dishes and I love them! I tried giving a few to my mom but she claims they're too petty and now uses them as coasters even though they're cheap bright orange acrylic yarn.

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