I had seen dishcloths and potholders like these before, there are quite a few variations of this general pattern. Some are sc, some dc, the vintage potholders are often double thick (I will be making some of those soon!). I think the general pattern has been around for some time, it is simple, easy to remember and practical. The ones by Apple Blossom Dreams (it was a free pattern when I made these, now it is only available for purchase) really caught my eye, they were so pretty and colorful that I just had to make some of my own.
I only changed the loop part of the pattern, the rest is the same as Apple Blossom Dreams. I used a sliding ring to start and I didn’t need a big loop since I hang mine on a hook, so I only sc’d (is that a word?) 14 times in the ring for my start. The rest remains the same. I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton with a F-5 (3.75 mm) hook.
Updated 9/8/13: I forgot to mention, I do the first row through both loops of the stitch, then the remaining rows are through the back loop only. I like how the hanging loop looks this way.
2nd update 9/8/13: I also forgot to mention that I like to use a stitch marker in the center stitch that you do the 3sc’s into. That way I don’t have to count or think about which one to do that in, makes them easy to do while watching TV or chatting.
I have to warn you, these are quite addictive!! I am not sure I am in love with the stripey ones, I like the stripes but it is oh so nice to do them in a solid color and not have to weave and weave and weave (added a bit later: maybe the stripey ones need a flower too)!
I still felt that they needed a little prettifying, so I made some flowers. I think it added just the right touch. I wanted a flat flower, as I keep them in a drawer and wanted to be able to stack as many as possible. This one worked quite well! A bit of pretty to make doing the dishes less of a chore!