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.
This calls for size 20 threads, an 8 or 9 hook and an 8 inch asbestos mat. Well, we don't use asbestos mats anymore, but one can use the round cork mats sold in the garden section for use under potted plants. Or, using thick cotton or wool, crochet a circle in coordinating background color. As this is meant to be used on a table, using a synthetic wouldn't be too bad, but synthetics would compress with heat and break down too fast and also conduct heat far more that natural fibers, so wouldn't really be the best choice with a truly hot dish. Wouldn't this be cute with a traditional pansy teapot?
This has a lot of rustic charm. From Work Basket, May 1955.
17 x 42 inches if worked with size 30 thread and #12 hook. Or use larger thread and make fewer motifs. For the small motifs, one needs to crochet 186 each of the small squares and daisies, and sixteen of the large motifs. I've never done filet. I made a few of the small motifs with #30 DMC Cordonnet and a #12 hook, but they won't come out square. I normally work rather firmly, maybe I just need to do trebles instead.
Submitted for your entertainment...
Here is a recipe from The Work Basket magazine, May, 1955. I remember eating lots of aspic salads when I was a kid, usually a tomato juice mold with lots of vegetables embedded throughout served on an enormous bed of lettuce from the garden. Maybe it was the dollop of mayonaise or the home grown lettuce but I loved them all! My mother even used to make a small container of aspic for my school lunch. When I looked at this I thought, "might not be bad with some anchovies". Just goes to show what a person remembers fondly from childhood.... Click on the photo for the very large version. The other recipes on the scanned page are simple classics. Enjoy!