quick lavette

Two in one night…  Well that is with a bedtime of 2.25 am and interrupted crochet sessions during the evening.  Those are what we call a “lavette” in Belgian French…. A dishcloth in English that is if you were wondering.

Each square is supposed to be 40 stitches wide (one got rounded up at 41) and so many rows of HDC to shape it into a square.  I started with a single crochet chainless foundation since that’s how far I ever went with this learning process.

Oh, and I picked that green because I painted one of my kitchen walls in that same color … Before turning opting for grey.  And secondly, my grand-mama made them in white … Which means that I would have to bleach them on regular basis   Not my thing.

The details

  • yarn – 100% cotton “I love this cotton” from Hobby Lobby (skein of 100 gr.).
  • color #100 Bright citrus
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My Grand-Mère was a star in many ways and she had a love affair with her crochet.  She spent hours in her ‘crochet-chair’ making all kinds of projects.  One of them were her famous ‘maniques’ (potholders) that are still used and abused from mothers to daughters.  Yes, Saskia is a fan too.

Made from white cotton, their sizes and thickness vary.   As a novice, I haven’t figured out what stitches she used.  It looks like HDC for some.

Below is a picture of those antiques and you can tell that they have seen better days!  They got burnt, soiled, chewed on (dogs) but they do their job to the perfection!

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Many times,  I just wonder why I didn’t pay more attention to my Grand-Mère who was an avid crocheteuse … She tried to explain it all to me but my dexterity to manipulate the hook had obviously not reached its maturity.  I have all of her hooks and many other items from her.  She was a true expert.

A big chunk of years later, I decided to hook up with my sister-in-law Claudia for a few ‘vacation’ lessons.  I always envied her performances with the yarn.   Claudia is more a tricoteuse but she knows what she is doing with the crochet.  Of course my attempts didn’t go very far.  Until…. the Autumn of 2014.   Suddenly, I decided to make it work. I went online and after viewing tons of videos, I had found a few addicted ladies who could really show and explain at my level.  For those who know me, it was obvious that I was not going to start with a simple project.  I went straight for a blanket for Charlie …

Of course Kaidan had also be the recipient of one but, being over one year old, he needed a bigger one.  I was not yet ready for that and that’s why Charlie got his first.  I found a wonderful throw pattern full of squares, I selected three colors and I went to work.  As many things I do, I stopped for a while … not sure if it was because of my shoulder/tennis elbow (left side) or because I got bored.  But when I had my hook back in hand, it was the wrong one … And the result was disastrous: the panels where not matching!  The hook was smaller thus everything went to the small drain … And I transformed what I had done in scarves for charity.

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