Curzon Cloth and Sand Dollar Puff

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I was browsing through World War I era patterns and saw a crocheted tie called “Curzon Design” that looked interesting.  As usual, I tried the stitch out by making a small cloth. It is a mesh pattern and I have decided to use it to emulate the “Reverse Angle Mesh Lace” used in Weeks 3 and 4 of the knitted Downton Abbey Mystery KAL shawl.  I thought I’d share my cloth pattern so that you can practice the stitch, too, if you like. You can make this cloth larger or smaller by adding or subtracting stitches.  The starting chain will always be a multiple of 3 plus 4 extra for edge stitches and a turning chain:  for example, 6 x 3 = 18, plus 4=22–chain 22 to start; 8 x 3= 24, plus 4 = 28 for the starting chain, etc.

The pattern makes a light, airy cloth that dries quickly and is great for a dishcloth as food particles rinse out so easily. It would also make a nice market bag, as it stretches to accommodate oddly-shaped produce and yet is firm enough to hold its shape.  Perhaps another day I will make a bag and post the pattern.

TIP:  You can use almost any cloth pattern to make a scarf by simply repeating the pattern rows until it is as long as you want, then doing the finishing rows–for this pattern, you’d repeat rows 4 & 5 until your scarf was as long as you want then do the last 2 rows.



sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet;  ch = chain;  inc = increase; dec = decrease; * to * = repeat the instructions between the * – *; st = stitch; 4hdc = make 1 half double crochet in each  of the next 4 (or other number given)

MATERIALS:  I used Bernat Handicrafter worsted weight cotton and a 5mm hook.  It’s important in this design to keep your chain stitches tight.  My cloth is about 7 inches square.

Chain 22.

Row 1.  sc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end of row.  Ch1, turn. [21 sc]

Row 2.  sc in each st to end of row.  Ch1, turn. [21 sc]

Row 3.   sc, sc; ch3, skip 2 sts, *2 sc in next stitch, ch3, skip 2 sts;* repeat from * to * to last 2 sts; sc, sc.  Ch1, turn. [6 ch3 loops]

Row 4.  sc, sc; 2sc in ch3 loop, *ch3, 2 sc in next loop;* repeat from * to * to last 2 stitches of row, sc, sc. Ch1, turn.  [5 ch3 loops]

Row 5.  sc, sc, *ch3,  2 sc in next loop;* repeat from * to * to last 4 sts; ch3, skip 2 sts, sc, sc.  Ch1, turn. [6 ch3 loops]

Row 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24.  repeat row 4.

Row 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23.  repeat row 5.

Row 25.  4 sc, 1sc in ch3 loop; *sc, sc, 1sc in ch3 loop;* repeat from * to * to last 4 sts; 4 sc. Ch1, turn.  [21 sc]

Row 26.  sc in each stitch.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Team this puff with a bar of locally crafted soap for a quick-to-make gift for family or friends. 

I used Bernat Handicrafter worsted weight cotton and a 6mm hook.

It is so quick to make that you’ll be able to make one while you watch a tv show!  It may become your favourite thing to make when you need a little present for a friend just to show them you’re thinking of them.


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