Crochet (and knitting for that matter) is big these days - and we aint just talking popularity. Larger hooks and needles, super thick yarn, even rope are being used to create the most gorgeous super- chunky soft creations. What could be better. Not only do they look good but, once you've adjusted to the new weight and dimensions they make-up in super-quick time. In some way it's use is limited - most items of clothing would be too heavy, but WOW, it opens the door to a whole new load of soft furnishing posibilities.
You may have gathered already that I'm a big fan of our local 99p store, and can often be seen there rummaging around. I had in my 'come in handy' stash a pack of cotton string I had found there a while ago. Basic but soft, and a nice neutral colour, which when crocheted with a double strand gave a lovely soft but meaty thickness - in fact perfect for a bath mat.
Crocheted in a simple ladder-style pattern using pretty basic stitches it has a textured stripe which looks stylish in a contemporary homespun way, and the 100% cotton content combined with the construction gives it just the right amount of absorbency.
A neat picot border finishes it off nicely. A little bit unusual, it's an expensive and unique looking finishing touch - but a real bargain. would look particularly good with a free standing bath.
I've been using mine for a while now. It's totally washable and wearing pretty well - in fact i'm going to make another. It can be made in any cotton providing the correct thickness can be acheived, and in different colourways - the options are endless. The construction is very simple and would be great for a beginner. If you can't get hold of the cotton string, a suitable alternative could be two strands of chunky gauge cotton, or one strand of super chunky(bulky)cotton. Here's where you can get the pattern....
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