pocket dish sponge by Suzanne Resaul

pocket dish sponge

November 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in single crochet thermal stitch
5.0 mm (H)
33 - 38 yards (30 - 35 m)
one size, 3" x 4.5"
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A quick little dish sponge with a pocket to slip your fingertips in when you need.

Approximately 31m (34yds) of worsted weight cotton
(1 ball of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Ombre, 42g made 2 sponges. I split the yarn in half by weight and used each half to make one sponge.)
5.0mm (H/8) crochet hook
yarn needle for weaving ends

Pattern Notes:
Make a rectangle then fold it in half. Use the beginning and ending tails to slip stitch those 2 ends closed.
US crochet terms are used.

Tension or gauge is not very important. I do however like to make dishcloths and sponges a little on the tighter side so that when they get wet they don’t open up too much. In this case, 4” in pattern stitch (scts) = approximately 13 sts x 22 rows

Special Stitches Used:
foundation single crochet (fsc) – for a great video look here: Foundation Single Crochet
single crochet thermal stitch (scts) – single crochet through 2 back loops, which are the back loop of the last row and also the one from the row below that. A couple videos of this, though neither begins with fsc:
How to Crochet the Single Crochet Thermal Stitch
Single Crochet Thermal Stitch Tutorial
Do not chain 1 to turn, it will make the edge too loose. You can make the turns just fine since you will work 2 stitches from 2 rows together.
Be careful not to miss the very first and very last stitches of each row. They are harder to see, especially as you skip the “chain 1 to turn”.

Please let me know if you find any mistakes, or have suggestions or comments. Thanks!