Charted crochet patterns are so much easier for me to read than the written stuff, which is why these Japanese patterns are perfect. Well, they are perfect until there is some crucial note in Japanese... Luckily, I can muddle through most of it and come up with a FO that looks related to the original pattern, like the flower (pdf link).
This tawashi turned out like a distant cousin to the original pattern (pdf link). Those little bumps around the circles were tedious to crochet since you have to go down a few hook sizes, and they didn't really show up very well in the outer, white circle. I'm sure I did something wrong because I couldn't figure out how to do the bumps and the HDCs in the same round. If anyone can figure it out, please let me know!
I also crocheted some more flower dishcloths. So far, 7 of them have flown off the hooks.
These have all been great palate cleansers for my next project: another knit green cardigan. I'm still stumped as to which pattern it will be, or if I'll just wing it. I'm thinking a top down yoked cardigan would be fun to make, but these tawashi take no time at all and are so fun to make... (I have yet to wash my dishes with any of these. So far, they are just sitting around in piles looking pretty.)