Dishcloths to Crochet Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen! by Pat Olski

source: free review copy courtesy of NetGalley Dover
title: Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen!
author: Pat Olski
published: April 18th 2018 by Dover Publications
pages: 64
genre: crochet patterns/crafting
rated: 4 out of 5

Crocheters of all skill levels will delight in these playful patterns for crocheted dishcloths—they’re as fun to make as they are to use! Animals, flowers, and fruits are among the themes of the 25 patterns, which include Sweet Strawberry, Perky Pig, Dandy Daffodil, and other designs.
Full-color photos accompany the easy-to-follow instructions. The directions also show how to convert any of the dishcloths into a potholder with the simple addition of a ring. Great to stitch during warm-weather months, the dishcloths make cheerful displays, and the textured stitches are ideal for efficient dish-washing. They’re great gifts, too!

my thoughts:

Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen! is a collection of 25 whimsical and kitschy dishcloth patterns. Included here are Cheeky Chicken, Proper Penguin and Perky Pig among others. These are previously published vintage patterns from 1982 that have been updated and revised for this collection.

The patterns are clear and well written with a picture of the finished dishcloths. This is a nice way to add vintage crochet patterns to your pattern collection.  I would say these patterns range from advanced beginners and on. Some of the patterns call for crocheting with cotton thread and small hooks like size 3.25, but I could see being able to use a larger hook and regular cotton yarn for these as well. I don’t crochet with thread and anything under a size 4.00 hook myself.

I think all the patterns are way too pretty for actual dish washing use but would make great gifts and would decorate any kitchen nicely and give your decor a vintage look. There is something special about vintage anything, the nostalgia is nice.

These are a few of the patterns included:

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This is the back cover of the book:



About the designer:

Pat Olski is equally passionate about knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Her designs reflecting all three have been published in many issues of Vogue KnittingVogue Knitting CrochetKnit Simple, and Noro Magazine, as well as in a variety of books ranging from Debbie Bliss to the Cascade “60 Quick” project series.
She has created numerous patterns for major yarn companies, and is the author of three crochet booklets in the Go Crafty series from Mixed Media Publications. She is also the author of the books Crochet Stories: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in amigurumi and Yarn Whirled: Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore in yarn craft as well as Crochet Stories: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in amigurumi, and Yarn Whirled: The Royal Family, which will be published in early 2017.
Pat enjoys nothing more than translating complicated traditions into relevant and approachable designs.-quoted from Amazon

Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. My free review copy of Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen! was courtesy of Dover / NetGalley. Some of these links are affiliate links.

13 thoughts on “Dishcloths to Crochet Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen! by Pat Olski

  1. Hi Naida,

    Theses are probably little knick-knacks that I would never use, but it was lovely to see some of the intricate stitches and patterns that Pat has re-worked.

    When you spoke about the fine cottons and hooks which some of the patterns ask for, this was a real nostalgia trip, as I can always remember my nan working intricate pineapple patterns, with what seemed to me then, the finest cottons and hook in the world, making sets of antimacassars for everyone in the family. In fact I still have a set packed away in a suitcase somewhere!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane and a lovely post 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne, yes, those creations using fine cotton and tiny hooks are amazing. The pineapple patterns are beautiful and intricate. Doilies and anything using those fine threads have never been my thing, I can’t focus on such tiny stitches. It’s amazing how they do it. I’m sure your grandmother’s antimacassars are beautiful and wonderful keepsakes too.
      Enjoy your weekend!


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