Crochet is great if you have somewhere to go or you need to do it on the run because you only need one ball of yarn and one crochet hook â no big needles poking out of the top of your bag.
Itâs a somewhat meditative practice. By repeating the same movements over and over mindfully, you can allow your mind to clear, your thoughts to quieten and your brain to start filing everything away properly so you can clear your head. It really is very therapeutic!
Anyway, I have been making my own face washers and kitchen cloths a la Down to Earth style through crochet. Its super easy however here are a couple of videos to help you get started from www.KnitWitch.com
A slip knot is the very first stitch to begin any form of crochet. Its pretty simple to do and from there, you then go on to create a âchainâ of stitches
How to Crochet a Chain
A chain is much like how you could have done at school where you pull the yarn through in a loop, tighten, pull it through the loop again in a loop and tighten again to make bracelets and things, remember?
How to Crochet Single Stitch
Single stitch is by far the easiest way to start and its very pretty in the end result. Crochet is all a series of single stitches add to make doubles or trebles and then done in single rows or up to 3 or 4 rows for treble stitch.
Once youâve mastered these above, you can practice on your first face or kitchen cloth!
You will need:
1 4.5mm crochet hook (they make them in bamboo now which is oh-so-eco)
Medium weight pure cotton or cotton / bamboo blend crochet yarn (available at Lincraft, Spotlight, some $2 stores and craft shops)
Cast on a chain of 30 stitches.
Turn your work and commence single stitch into each chain, starting from the second chain.
Turn your work and continue making chain stitch, adding 3 chains at the end of each row before turning your work around to repeat the other way (like a typewriter).
When youâve made a square, simple âcast offâ by threading the end of the yarn through the last chain stitch and knotting.
The cotton bamboo is fabulous for use as kitchen cloth yarn because bamboo is naturally anti-microbial and very absorbent. Just be sure to wring out thoroughly and hang over your tap between uses to encourage drying and prevent bacterial growth. After a few days, simply hang on the side of the laundry basket until you're ready to do a load of washing and just toss it in with everything else. Easy right?
When dishcloths are $2 - $3 each and are just tossed away when no longer useful (which is after a few months) these homemade ones that last for years are a saving - both for you and the environment. Be sure to choose Fair Trade cotton and if you want a little extra eco-luxury, go for organic cotton for the face cloths.
It saddens me when I think of all the things my grandmothers used to tell they did as younger women; the crafts, the cooking and baking, the homemaking skills â these things are lost to time now and I never really took the time to appreciate what they did and how they did it. I wince with regret and think âI should have asked her for recipes and had her teach me how to do that before she passed awayâ.
Getting into crochet, knitting, lace making, embroidery, cross stitching, long stitching, darning, tapestry â all these things are skills that were taught in finishing school to young girls about 40 â 50 years ago. In that time though, âconvenienceâ has become King and so many of these skills are becoming part of the Dying Arts.
Do your bit to keep these skills alive and equip your family with WAYS not just means to take care of themselves. It may seem a bit 'knaff' at first but youâll find they will probably enjoy it once they know how and have the sense of reward and accomplishment you can only get from learning a new skill.
The Eco Mum xo
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