#133 Red Hat Happy Hooker Crochet Dishcloth – Maggie Weldon Maggies Crochet

Crochet Designer Linda K. Kayle wrote: “I took your challenge, because – I like working Out Side the BOX. So I hope you pick ME and my Red Hat Dishcloth.

This is the story of Linda and the Red Hat…

I’ve been a Red Hat Lady going on five years. My BEST FRIEND Teresa, talked me into going to meeting, and then forming our own Chapter. We needed a name.  Her husband Paul had been calling us “The Hookers” for years, just because, we both love to Crochet – a lot!  Paul was the one who came up with our name. One day out of the blue he said: “I have the perfect name for you girls – the “RED HAT HAPPY HOOKERS”.” So I made this dishcloth to Honor my BEST FRIEND Teresa Horky.

Just to let you know, I taught myself to crochet back in high school at good old Yuma Union High – in Yuma Az. I was in class of 1967.

My most favorite project is making Outfits for Cabbage Patch Dolls (I still have not grow-ed up, and I’m 62). I have changed many of the patterns over the past few years. I get used dolls, from friends and thrift stores. Each doll gets a new crochet outfit. Then I give them away at Christmas. I’ve been doing this for many years. Talk about having FUN!After making the outfits, I then get to play with the Dolls.  Sometimes I want to keep them, but I have to tell myself – no, they need to go to a new home. So they too can have lots of Love-en and Fun.

Linda – I am so happy that you entered our Dishcloth-a-Day Challenge.  Thank you for your lovely Red Hat Dishcloth and your wonderful story.  I am sure many other “Happy Hookers” will enjoy your design.
Follow me onto dishcloth # 134 and the rest of the story…

Red Hat Happy Hooker Dishcloth

Original Design By Linda K Kahle

Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon

Skill: Easy

Size: About 9” wide and 6” long.

Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn:
Red – 1 oz, 50 yd, (30 g, 46 m)
Purple – 1 oz, 50 yd, (30 g, 46 m)
(Sugar ‘n Cream – Red; Lion Cotton – Purple 147)
Yarn Needle.

Crochet Hook:   Sizes G-6 (4.25 mm) and H-8 (5.00 mm)

JOINING WITH SC
When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

Special Stitches
V Stitch (v-st): (Dc, ch 1, dc) in same st or sp indicated.
Single Crochet Decrease: (sc dec): Draw up a lp in each of next 2 sts, yo and draw through 3 lps on hook.

Note: Red Hat Ladies wear Red Hats with Purple.

DISHCLOTH
Hat
Row 1: (Right Side) Starting at brim, with Red and larger hook, ch 30, sc in 2nd ch from hook, [sc in next ch] across. (29 sc)
Rows 2-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (29 sc)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, [sc dec] twice, sc in next 21 sc, [sc dec] twice. (25 sc)
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 4 sc, sc in next 15 sc. (15 sc) Leave remaining 5 sc unworked.
Rows 10-17: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (15 sc)
Rows 18-22: Ch 1, turn, sc dec, [sc in next sc] across to last 2 sc, sc dec. (13, 11, 9, 7, 5 sc)

At the end of Row 22, finish off and weave in ends down side of Hat.

Trim
Rnd 1: With right side facing, working in unused lps of starting ch, join Purple with sc in first ch, sc in next 28 ch, working in sides of rows, 3 sc in corner, sc in next 6 rows, 2 sc in next row, working across Row 9, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc; working around top of Hat, sc in each row and sc (33 sc), working across Row 9, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc, working in sides of rows, 2 sc in first row, sc in next 6 rows, 2 sc in corner; join with sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.

Hat Band
Using yarn needle and Purple, cross-stitch across Row 9. Finish off and weave in ends.

Flower
Row 1: (Right Side) With Purple and smaller hook, ch 35, dc in 5th ch from hook (skipped sts count as dc and ch 1 – first v-st), [ch 1, skip next ch, v-st in next ch] across. (16 v-sts)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), turn, 4 dc in v-st, [sc in next ch-1 sp, 5 dc in next v-st] across. (16 shells) Finish off leaving 18” long end.

Finishing – use photo as guide

– Using yarn needle, weave short tail into back of Flower.

– Add yarn needle to long tail end. Start rolling to form a center bud. Turn over so that the wrong side is facing YOU. Keep going in a circle making sure that the flower is even and fanning out (in layers).

– Insert needle in middle of flower (in front), bring the tail to the back of the flower. Sew the tail from one side to the other side, going through the middle (making sure you are catching all the layers). Do this all around the back of the flower.

– You should still have enough tail left for putting your flower on your hat / or project. Now sew the flower to the hat or “what ever” you want. You are done.

All Rights Reserved copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon

Enjoy,

Maggie

 

Comments
  1. Linda

    THIS IS SIMPLY GREAT !!!! I want one !!! And I have two friends I plan on crocheting this for. A total of 3 ~~ so far. Thanks for posting this.

    Linda Kay.

  2. teresa

    little miss happy hooker…i love you…your best friend,Teresa or as you know me GATOR

  3. Janet Jamieson

    I have a very dear friend who will be the recipient of this wonderfuo dishcloth….such fun!
    J.

  4. Janet Jamieson

    I there a way to get the pattern to print out in a larger font? I’ve tried twice and both have very small print, which is going to be a challenge for me 69 year old eyes. I may have to use a magnifying glass.
    J

  5. Linda

    Okay ~ an update !!! I made mine strickly according to the instructions. I made a second one ~ to be used as a hot pad ~ by making two of the hat body, crocheting them together, then adding the flower and trim. I made a THIRD one using double strands of yarn. The second one is much softer than the third one. Since I couldn’t find the Sugar ‘n Cream yarn in the red and/or purple, I used Red Heart Sport yarn in Cherry Red for the hat and Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine for the trim and flower. Although I don’t think the yarn will make them good dishcloths, they certainly make beautiful hot pads! And of course mine will be part of my afghan ~~ eventually. Thanks, Linda K. Kayle, for such a lovely and FUN creation !!
    Linda Kay.

  6. RAELENE COLEMAN

    I don’t know why but I love the Red Hat theme. I make every thing I come across. I’m going to make this for the Pink Lady’s desk

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