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This was my first time doing the Apache Tears stitch, this brightly colored washcloth was my first attempt.
And as you can see for yourself it was not ‘pretty’. I had worked the DTR – Drop stitch Treble Crochet pattern completely from edge to edge, so when I crocheted the boarder I crochet around the DTR; which created a very bulky edging. So….
My next wash cloth I tried something a little different. You can see on the left side of photo below where the 2 arrows are seen, that there is a space where a DTR stitch could be worked in blue, but was skipped along the entire left edge. On the right side you can see the bottom arrow where I worked the yellow DTR for 3 repeats, and the top arrow shows on the final 2 repeats I chose to skip it to see how it would look.
You can see that with this edging I crochet in the rows and not around the DTR as I had previously done with the first washcloth. So after all of this I do believe that when I use this pattern again I will crochet all the way from one edge to the other with the DTR and will make sure to not to crochet the DRT in with the edging.
To avoid 1. either crocheting the edging around all of those ends or 2. working them in once I was finished with the project. So what I did was simply worked the end in as I SC from Right to Left, and as I approached the center of the project I grabbed the finished end on the Left side from the previous row and crochet over the top of it; which caused the ends to meet in the middle of the project. I simply cut the ends from here and did not do any additional weaving in.
In order to determine the beginning CH you decide how many colors you want to use before beginning the repeating pattern +1 (for the CH). Or if your doing multiple rows without changing the colors, you will determine how many rows before you do a repeat +1 (for the CH).
1.The first washcloth I did uses 5 colors, so do multiples of 5 + 1 – every 5 stitches your color repeats
2. The second washcloth only uses 4 colors, so do multiples of 4 +1 – every 4 stitches your color repeats
3. If you want to do just 2 colors but its 7 rows before the repeat begins you would do multiples of 7 + 1
Of course this is just a recommendation, and really is open to however you want to do it. I could have done the 5 colors but had much more space between sets of drop down stitches. Click HERE for additional ideas on how to space your stitches
I do recommend a minimum of 3 SC between DTR.
Apache Tears Wash Cloth
Sugar and Cream Cotton
SLST – Slip Stitch
CH – Chain
SSC – Standing Single Crochet – Tutorial by Moogly can be found HERE
SC – Single Crochet
DTR – Drop Stitch Treble Crochet – Tutorial for Treble Crochet by Moogly can be found HERE
1. All Standing/Single Crochet will be worked in the Back Loop
2. The Drop Treble Crochet will be worked in the Front Loop of the Single crochet 3 rows prior
3. For this entire project you will work only from Right to Left. You will cut/end your yarn when you get done with the last stitch. You will not turn and work back across the row
4. Your DTR will be worked in the stitch just after the prior DTR of the prior row
CH 29 – will give you the finished look of the Blue Washcloth
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and across
Row 2: SSC, SC across
Row 3: repeat row 2
Row 4: SLST in the Back Loop of the first SC, CH1, *DTR, SC in the next 3 stitches*, repeat from *to* across
Row 5: SSC, DTR, *SC in next 3 stitches, DTR*, repeat from *to* across, SC in last 2 stitches
Row 6: SSC, SC, DTR, *SC in next 3 stitches, DTR*, repeat from *to* across, SC in last stitch
Row 7:SSC, SC in the next 2 stitches, DTR, *SC in next 3 stitches, DTR*, repeat from *to* across
Repeat rows 4 – 7 until desired length is reached.
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