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 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!