Skill level: Beginner/Easy
Finished size: approx. 20" x 14"
(*for larger pad see note below)
Worsted weight acrylic or cotton yarn scraps Size J hook (or
size to get gauge) Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge: 10 sc = 4", 6 rows = 2" in
single crochet cluster pattern on size J hook
Terms/Abbreviations: back loop only
(BLO), beginning (beg), chain (ch), doubcrochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc),
hook (hk), repeat (rep), single crochet (sc), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st),
Foundation row: Ch 50, sc in second ch from hook and in ea ch
across (49 sc). Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *insert hook in same sc, yo,
draw loop throughsc, insert hook in next sc, yo, draw loop through sc (3 loops
on hook), yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (sc cluster completed), rep
from * across.
Repeat Row 1 until pad measures 14" (or desired measurement)
from beginning, changing colors at random for stripe pattern. (Note: When
cutting off or joining new colors leave long 6" tails. Either work over old/new
tail ends on next row by holding strands along top of next row and working sc
clusters over them, or weave tails in securely with a yarn needle later, so ends
won�t come loose during use or washing.) Edging:
Rnd 1: With choice of color, attach yarn to center of one
side, ch 1, sc evenly around entire pad, working 3 sc in ea corner so pad lays
flat. Join with slip st to first sc. Rnd 2: Ch 1, work in reverse sc (working
from left to right) evenly around pad, join with sl st. Fasten off and weave in
all ends securely. *NOTE: For a larger pad, ch 75 to 100 and work in pattern
until desired measurement.
Variations: Instead of single crochet, work stitch pattern in
half double or double crochet, and work edging round in plain half double or
double crochet, omitting reverse single crochet round.