Four Square Hearts Dishcloth
Here it is, the grand finale of my Summer Dishcloth Series! (Yes, I know it is deep winter at the moment 😅) Hopefully it is worth the wait!
The Four Square Hearts Dishcloth is a variation on the Four Square Dishcloth. It uses the thermal stitch in two colors (one color on each side), but a change is made in the middle of each row from working into the front of the row to working in the back of the row, or vice versa. Colors are changed from front to back and vice-versa to create the heart pattern. The result is a soft and squishy dishcloth that is perfect to dress up your kitchen yet practical enough to use every day.
I have poured a lot of time into this pattern. It took me several tries to get a color switch that looked smooth enough and not warp the heart pattern. Then I had to explain how I did it. I put together a photo tutorial to show you how. Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.
I also came up with two different designs (four leaf clovers and butterflies) using the same technique. The color charts for both of these designs are included at the end of the pattern. They are also included with the pdf version.
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You can also find this pattern listed on my Ravelry Designer page here.
I have been using all the different dishcloth designs I have shared. I would say hands-down my favorite are the thermal stitch versions. They are thick enough to be absorbent, and the rough texture is good for scrubbing. They are well worth all the time I put into designing and making them! Once you start using these, you won't want to go back to any other kind of dish cloth.
Four Square Hearts Photo Tutorial
Step 1: Chain 27 in your main color. This is the color that will peek over the top and bottom on the opposite color side.
Step 2: Holding your chain with the back bump facing down, single crochet into the back loop (top loop) only of the second chain from your hook. You will be working into the other loop on Row 2. Sc into the back (top) loop for the first 13 stitches.
Step 3: After the first 13 stitches (half of the row), begin working into the front loop only (bottom loop). Continue to sc into each bottom loop to the end of the row. In the last stitch, change to your contrasting color.
Step 4: Do NOT chain 1 to turn. Sc in unused loop from the foundation chain below first sc and flo of first sc (tscf). Sometimes this first stitch is a little hard to find. Continue across the first half of the row (13 stitches) in the same fashion, working into the loop below and the flo of each sc.
Step 5: After you work 13 tscf, switch to working in the back of the row. Insert hook from the top through the back loop only of the next single crochet (sc) and then through the unused loop from the foundation chain on the back side of your work. Continue tscb for remainder of row. (picture below shows insertion point for next TWO stitches)
Step 6: At the end of this row, do NOT turn your work. Draw up a large loop and then return to the beginning of the row where you dropped your main color.
Insert your hook in the space in front of the first stitch and draw up a loop with your main color.
Step 7: Chain 1. Now you will work in the back of the row. Insert your hook into the back loop of the first single crochet, and then into the remaining loop from the single crochet below. Work a single crochet in these two loops (tscb). Repeat this stitch 12 more times (13 tscb).
Step 8: When you reach the center of the row, switch to work in the front of the row for the last 13 stitches.
Step 9: At the end of the row, draw up a large loop in your main color and pick up the dropped loop of your contrasting color. Each pair of rows in each direction will start with your contrasting color worked in the front of the row.
Step 10: In the next row (Row 3) you will begin the heart pattern. Starting with your contrasting color, work tscf in the first 6 stitches. Then pull up a loop to drop your contrasting color and start at the beginning of the row with your main color. The color that will be worked in the front of the row must be worked first for a smooth color transition. Work tscb in the 6 stitches that were just worked.
Step 11: Pull the working yarn and loop of contrasting color to the back of your work so you can work the next stitch in your MC in the front of the row. Then pick up your CC,
work one tscb in the stitch just worked, pull the loop and yarn of your MC to the back of the row, and continue in CC, working tscf in the next 6 stitches.
Here you can see one MC stitch in the CC row just worked.
Step 12: At the middle of the row, keep going with 6 tscb in the back of the row with your CC.
Then pick up your MC and work 6 tscb, plus 6 tscf after the middle of the row.
Pull MC yarn and loop to front and tscb in next 6 stitches in CC.
Pick up MC and work tscf to end of row (6 stitches).
You can see the bottom points of the first two hearts in the row just completed.
Follow the pattern or the chart (in pattern below) as you work, changing color in this way throughout the pattern.
For the last half of the dishcloth, you will swap colors. The MC will be worked first, in the front of each row, followed by the CC. The last row is worked in MC as described below.
Step 14 (Final Row): Working into the front side of the row, insert hook into the unused loop from the 1st sc in the row below and BOTH loops of the first sc. Make 1 sc in these loops. Repeat for next 12 stitches. Then switch to working in the back side of the row. Insert hook through both loops of the next sc and the unused loop on the back side of your work from the sc in the row below. Make 1 sc in these loops. Repeat for last 12 stitches. This creates a nice finished edge without extra loops. Fasten off and weave in ends.