Another bread basket liner

A while ago I crocheted a bread basket liner. That’s right, just a knitted one was not enough. I live in Spain and bread here is served with every meal. It’s kind of like an additional utensil. A couple of bread cloths are a must have. They’re reusable so they’re friendlier to the environment than using a couple of paper napkins.

To make this cotton cloth I just got some yarn and did whatever occurred to me. I suppose that’s the fun thing about crochet. It’s possible to wing it.

Here’s the finished product:

Here’s how to make it (this is NOT a pattern, it’s more like an explanation of how to wing this cloth):
Materials: A Tunisian crochet hook, a regular crochet hook, and two balls of crafter’s cotton, each a different color. 
Gauge: Whatever. It’s not critical. These instructions have no numbers, in fact! I didn’t count anything.
Crochet skills required: Chain, Tunisian simple stitch, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, increase. (Look them up on about.com’s crochet site). This cloth actually could be a neat way to learn how to crochet because it’s like a sampler of different techniques. It’s not a garment, gauge isn’t important, it will be hidden by the bread that will sit on top of it… it’s perfect for learning and experimenting!
OK, here’s what we do:
1. Make the center square with the dark color (in the picture, blue): Chain whatever number of chains you like with the Tunisian crochet hook. Work Tunisian simple stitch (aka afghan stitch) until you have a rectangle or square the size you want. When you’re done with the square cut the yarn leaving a 4 inch tail.
2. Make one single crochet round with the light color (in the picture, white): With the light color and the regular crochet hook single crochet around the square, increasing three stitches on every corner.
3. Double crochet two rounds with the light color, increasing three stitches on every corner.
4. Double crochet one round with the dark color, increasing three stitches on every corner.
5. Double crochet two more rounds with the light color, increasing three stitches on every corner.
6. Single crochet one round with the dark color, increasing three stitches on every corner.
At this stage the cloth looks like this:
Yuck! Before moving on you need to block the cloth. I used steam to block mine. After the piece dries you will have this:
7. After blocking, using the light color and the regular crochet hook, slip stitch some random vertical and horizontal stripes onto the dark colored Tunisian crocheted square. Hint: to slip stitch onto the fabric you need to pull your yarn loops up from back to front. This means your working yarn is on the wrong side of your work.
8. Weave in the ends on the wrong side.
9. Launder it before using it with food.
Done!
Nothing special. Not very fancy. It’s just a bread basket liner that serves its purpose well! If you want, you could make another one reversing the colors and you have a set.

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