The Inaugural Project
Join us in The Inaugural Project. Consider it almost a call-to-arms for all you crocheters itching for some fresh patterns.
With the permission of designer Pam, The Inaugural Project begins with her very, very simple pattern for a dish/face cloth. (And really, I’m a beginner and I immediately eyeballed this as a piece-of-cake, so I’m sure you’ll have no trouble with it.) Without further ado, here’s the project:
I’ve heard from many crocheters who haven’t tried their hand at designing yet, whether due to intimidation, humility, or just not having enough time. Well, here’s your risk-free, fun-guaranteed opportunity to give designing a whirl, because sometimes we don’t even know what we have in us. And if the crochet world ends up with a few more funky designers in it as a result, so be it:
Using this pattern as a start, come up with your own, funky crochet design. You may maintain the goal of creating a dish or face cloth, or you may go wild and make up a whole new item (ear muffs? trivets? a furry friend bearing an uncanny resemblance to your cat? I shudder at the thought of writing it, but perhaps even a funky doily?). Use whatever gauge and/or funky yarn you want. Your imagination is your only constraint. In a world squirming for fresh crochet ideas, here’s our chance to have a go at it for ourselves.
I’ve started a thread on Pam’s Crochetville message board so we can keep in touch about our progress and creations (you’ll find it under the topic for Crochetalongs). There’s no time limit, and you’re under no obligation to share your experiences or ask questions or meet new people or even to have fun. But I suggest you do.
Take this if you want it:
The small print: Please note that I will not accept patterns resulting from this project as submissions to crochet me. But, it would be very, very cool if you became inspired to design many more hip patterns after your experience with The Inaugural Project.
Happy tinkering, toiling, and otherwise – *gasp* – designing! Remember, start here, and go where your genius takes you…
- 2 oz. of 4 ply worsted weight cotton yarn
- Size J (6mm) crochet hook
(Ed. note: Use whatever yarn and hook size you want, and create whatever you want.)
This comes out to be a 9-inch-round dish/wash cloth for me. Everyone’s tension is different, so you may want to adjust your hook size larger or smaller.
Chain 5, join with a sl st to form a ring.
Row 1: dc 16 sts in ring.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around.
Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) around, join.
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) around, join.
Row 5: Ch 3, dc in each st around, join.
Row 6: Repeat row 5.
Edging: Ch 2, skip st, 5 dc in next st, skip st, (sc in next st, skip st, 5 dc in next st, skip st) around, fasten off.
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
I’ve been crocheting for about 33 years. I have three kids ages 19 (Matthew), 22 (Sid), and 25 (Cindy). Cindy just made me a grandmother of a baby girl. I love a good cup of tea (with all the gadgets), chocolate, British comedy, Wallace & Gromit, and the old Dark Shadows series. I collect anything ladybug. I am not really a designer. I’m more of a designer want to be. I design out of necessity when I can’t find what I’m looking for, or if what I’m looking for is too expensive. My designs are very few, and very basic, and I don’t mind passing them out to anyone who wants to use them.