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This month’s pattern is a fruit-themed hot pad/washcloth. It’s easy to customize in size and use! I highly recommend using cotton yarn if you will be using it around heat. Acrylic yarn melts when it comes in contact with anything hot.
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Fruit Hot Pad/Wash Cloth
4.00mm Crochet hook
Worsted weight cotton yarn (do not use acrylic yarn for hot pad due to its low melting point)
Stitch Guide (US Terminology)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc =half double crochet
dc = double crochet
slst = slip stitch
2sc = two single crochet stitches in the same stitch (also known as an increase)
MC = magic circle
* The stitch count for each row will appear with () at the end of each row.
* Gage is not important. If using a different type hook/yarn, make sure to use a hook size smaller than the one recommended for your yarn.
* Finished item is approximately 7 ½ inches in wide.
* The pattern is worked in a continuous round so there is no need to join and chain one unless specifically instructed to do so.
* Because you are crocheting in the round, you may want to use a stitch marker in the beginning of your round to keep track of where you are.
* You may make this as small or large as you like. Simply stop at a different round to make smaller, or continue adding rounds to make bigger (increasing 8 stitches per additional round).
If making a hot pad, make two. If making a wash cloth, make one.
Round 1: With main color, 8 hdc into MC, pull to close. Do not join (8)
Round 2: Working in the round, 2hdc into each st around (16)
Round 3: *2hdc, hdc* repeat between ** around (24)
Round 4: *2hdc, hdc in the next two sts* repeat between ** around (32)
Round 5: *2hdc, hdc in the next three sts* repeat between ** around (40)
Round 6: *2hdc, hdc in the next four sts* repeat between ** around (48)
Round 7: *2hdc, hdc in the next five sts* repeat between ** around (56)
Round 8: *2hdc, hdc in the next six sts* repeat between ** around (64)
Round 9: *2hdc, hdc in the next seven sts* repeat between ** around (72)
Round 10: *2hdc, hdc in the next eight sts* repeat between **a round (80)
Round 11: *2hdc, hdc in the next nine sts* repeat between ** around (88)
Slst to join.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Once you complete second side for the hot pad, do not fasten off.
Put both sides back to back (with right side facing out) and single crochet the two sides together. Make sure your hook goes under one stitch on each side. Since you have the same number of stitches on each side, it will be an even number of stitches to join.
Slst into the first sc you made and fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
Row 1: Slst into the second chain from hook, sc, hdc, dc in each of the next 5 sts, hdc, sc, slst
Row 2: Ch1,working along the bottom of the original chain, slst in the first st, sc, hdc, dc into the next 5 sts, hdc, sc , slst
Row 3: Ch12 and repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Fasten off and sew in loose ends.
Row 1: Slst into the second chain from hook and all sts across. Join with slst into the first slst made.
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Sew ring onto the end of the main body, preferable around two stitches to make sure it is secure. Weave in tail.
Sew leaves onto the base of the ring.
Weave in any remaining loose ends.
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