I crocheted the Variegated dishcloth pattern from Dishcloths. I made it last summer--in fact, I made almost exactly a year ago!--and didn't exactly love it. I remembered feeling like a more colorful yarn would make a difference.
Boy howdy. What a difference a year and some colorful yarn can make!
I used a G hook and some I Love This Yarn! in the Carousel Ombre colorway. A friend gave it to me when she was decluttering a few months ago, and as soon as I saw that skein with all the colors of a Play Doh pack I thought about trying the Variegated dishcloth again. I only used half a skein when I made this over the weekend, so I might make this a second time!
The I Love This Yarn! feels a little thinner and slipperier than my usual Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn, but that made it incredibly pleasant to work with. It wasn't nearly as splitty, which came in handy because there are a ton cluster stitches in this pattern. If you've ever tried to crochet clusters with the wrong type of yarn, you know how frustrating it can be to set up all those loops and then snag your hook on your yarn over and over. This was a lot more fun to work with, and I think it will lose its lint after a few washings.
I love this! It's summery! And a little retro! It looks like a giant, exuberant flower!
I feel a little dizzy just looking through these pictures again, but mostly in a good way. I enjoyed nearly every pattern in Dishcloths that I made, and that's nearly all of the patterns in the book. It's pretty fun to try out different patterns again with different yarns, and using something with more colors put the Variegated pattern solidly in my 'I Love This Pattern' category. I crocheted this in an hour or two on a lazy Saturday, and I think I'm going to give this to my youngest sister as part of her birthday present in a few months. She loves bright pinks and greens, and her birthday is in August. It's a good summery birthday and this is a good summery dishcloth. I (now) highly recommend that you try it out!
Just make sure it's the right variegated yarn.