Right now I have several LARGE works-in-progress going on, and the finish line for them still looks very far off in the distance. So I like to break it up with some smaller, more immediate gratification projects -- like crocheting dishcloths:)
There are many, many ways of making these, but I like a little variety, so I got The Big Book of Dishcloths, which has 99 different patterns (what's amazing is that this is not nearly an exhaustive list -- you can still find plenty of others on the internet and elsewhere).
This is a very straightforward, no frills kind of book. The photographs of the stitches are in black and white, stitch explanations are brief but sufficient even for me -- a fairly new crocheter -- to follow. There is an element of surprise to it because stitched up in 3-D looks a little different from the 2-D photos. Below is a page from the book:
And here is #80 all stitched up:
I enjoy the book because it gives me the chance to try lots of different stitches and techniques on a smaller scale. There is no difficulty rating so I just pick and choose ones that I think I can do and am interested in doing. This is one of the first ones I did:
Here are some more. The bottom two are recently done and haven't been through the wash yet. Unfortunately it looks like I'm getting worse at keeping them square.
Part of my problem is making the foundation chain too tight. I think I actually crochet a little loose, so I have to exaggerate the foundation chain. My other BIG problem is putting an edging on. In this picture below I think I did too many stitches on the left side.
This last one was so crooked even I didn't want to use it. I unravelled the whole thing and redid it from scratch. It's a lot better now although one of the corners is still stretched out.
I enjoy making them but there's still a lot of room for improvement. Any of you crocheters out there have any tips for me?