When I was about 9 and just learning to crochet, I made some terrible hotpads for my grandmother. They looked good, but didn't offer protection. They were made with green rug yarn and on the other side I sewed some nice flowery cotton recycled from an old shirt. There was no filler so they didn't block the heat.
One day when I was visiting I asked if she was using the hot pads and she explained that they didn't work, but not to worry, she'd frogged them and made something else! She had made a sunflower for her broom handle. She used the green yarn to crochet a long tube with which slid over the broom handle and then topped it with a sunflower. I remember it had green leaves on the handle and the flower was big and cheerful. But I don't remember if the flower was also crocheted or made of fabric.
But when I saw this cute sunflower pattern, I remembered the silly hotpads and her recycling. I bet she decided to make the broom handle thing and thought, "Hmmm, if only I had some green yarn..." and her eyes lit on those lousy hotpads and the rest is kitchen kitsch history.
Done in thread, this would be a cute way to brighten a sweater or hat. Done in yarn and attached to a long green tube it would really dress up your broom!
This dishcloth would be a good stash buster of thread odds and ends or a color which you don't really like. I have several balls of Aunt Lydia's #10 in "Mexicana" which makes a cheerful dishcloth. The finished item is 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter.
Ch 10, join to form ring.
Round 1: Chain 4, dc, ch 1 in ring 23 times (24 spokes) join to top of ch 4.
Rounds 2-6: slip st in next space, chain 4, dc in same sp, then dc, ch1, dc, ch1 in each space around. Join to chain 4. You are doubling the amount of stitches on each round.
Round 7: slip st in next space, chain 4, dc, ch 1 in each space around. (No more doubling.)
Round 8 : sc around. fasten off.
Handle or ring for hanging. This was an after thought: I attached the thread to one side of the center ring, made a chain about 4 inches and attached to the opposite side then worked sc back across and finished securely.
One could make more or less of the increase rows and do row 7 more than once. Instead of a final row of single crochet one could make small simple shells. Or omit the last row. It’s hard to mess this up. Just keep going until it’s what you want. Wash dishes with it! It’s not for show, it’s a handy tool.
There is a pattern very similar to what I made here: http://tweezle.tripod.com/boutonniere_dish_mop.html
I’ve also seen this called the carnation dish cloth, especially when worked in red and white or pinks.
This very easy dish cloth was made with Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton #10, color "Passionata". I used a 2.75 hook,. This is a lovely cheerful variegated thread. It doesn't make a perfect triangle but twists ever so slighty. It's quirky and cute. Thread dish cloths really hold up well under use and abuse.
The pattern is from Best Free Crochet.