I realize I wrote "Red Stripe Dishcloth" in the title of this post, but I actually crocheted the Red Border Dishcloth from Dishcloths. But, to be fair, this dishcloth does have TWO red stripes in it.
And rather than change the title of this post, which I'd already had written down in a notebook and gotten attached to, I decided to just carry on but I did want to let you know that this dishcloth has nothing to do with Jamaican beer that comes in little squatty bottles.
|Repeat: this dishcloth is NOT a beer. DO NOT DRINK THE DISHCLOTH.|
This dishcloth pattern does have a lot to do with color changes, using different crochet stitches to make those nice stripes, and plenty of modification possibilities. I can't talk about how you go about making the stripes without giving out important parts of the pattern for free, and that's against the rules. But I can talk about colors and modifications!
There is an event coming. I don't like to talk about it very much because Thanksgiving isn't even here yet, but I know you probably started crafting for it back in June and I'm just going to point out that if you used green for stripes and red for a border, this would make a very nice Christmas dishcloth. Or red stripes and a green border. Or blue stripes and border for Hanukkah. Or all white to be very inclusive, but also confusing and maybe not as pretty. Or! Yellow and black because you love Charlie Brown. I saw a lot of cool Charlie Brown-inspired costumes this Halloween and they made an impression on me. Maybe you have a real Schulz-lover on your gift list and that person could really enjoy a Charlie Brown dishcloth.
Or you could just stick with the pattern because red and white is a winning combination and one of my personal favorites.
This is a great pattern to stick with, if you were wondering. It makes a medium-size dishcloth, and you use medium weight cotton yarn, and a medium crochet hook. I used an H hook because that's what I usually (mediumly?) need for medium weight cotton yarn. You need to know how to work the double crochet stitch and the half double crochet stitch, which are both pretty regular stitches. Even if you don't know them, there's a guide to help you out and this dishcloth would be great practice!