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Ohina tawashi translation notes

I made this little Ohina tawashi doll (おひなタワシ) for the Tawashi Town CAL at Ravelry. (If you just came from there to here to look at my notes, then maybe you don't want to peek. It is more fun to learn how to "read" patterns in a foreign language by yourself. You can apply this experience to reading other patterns, too.) A tawashi is a scrubbie for washing dirt, or a sponge. But this little one is just for decoration since the yarns in mah stash aren't the right kind.

The pattern is here and is downloaded as a pdf by clicking the photo. It is written in Japanese. Here are couple of notes I have to help you with your lil' tawashi.

ETA 2/26/08: IMPORTANT. I have to preface this by saying I do not read Japanese AT ALL. These are just what I think the pattern means and I am by no means an expert. I'm just writing this cos I think it could be helpful. If I've made an error, I'd appreciate your comment so I can fix it.

You need 5 colors of yarn. A:dark color B:medium color C: cream D:light color E:black. The crochet hook size is 7.5/0 which is between a G and an H hook, I believe. The yarn weight is worsted.

The left hand top diagram shows that the finished piece's height and width, row and stitch count. The little squiggle down the center tells you that it is abbreviated to save space, that is, not all 48 stitches will appear in the chart.

The diagram to the right is for the "head", and below it is a table showing the colors of yarn for each row, to be read from the bottom row of the table upward. Row 1 is with C and row 2 is with E. The T with the slash through it is the symbol for double crochet. There are a couple of ways that you could do the head. I opted to chain 4, and make 5 dcs into the 4th chain from the hook for the first row. The three "unused" chains at the beginning count for one dc. For the second row you make two 3-dc decreases, then chain 18 for the loop.

The chart below the finished piece diagram is crochet symbols for the body. X means single crochet. X underlined means on RS work through back loops and on WS work through front loops.

The chart to the right of the body crochet symbols chart shows the order in which you will use the different color yarns. It is to be read from the bottom row up. Rows 1-4 are with A. Rows 5-6 are with B. Row 7 is with C. Row 8 is with D.

The bottom two diagrams show finishing instructions. I did not use the folding method in the diagram as it did not make sense to me. Instead I figured it out by looking at the photos of finished ones. She's a bit chubby, this scrubbie.

Have fun!
ETA: Updated the link to the pattern. (Thank you Ravelry!) The old link doesn't work anymore.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 23rd, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Hopefully its not a silly question, but how does it not become undone? I mean do you stitch it in any way to prevent it from unfolding, or is that part of the point, to be able to use it as your picture appears, or as a rectangle? Am I not understanding, or is that part of its uniqueness?!

This may have to be my first attempt at using a pattern in Japanese, thanks for the inspiration that it is possible! ^^
Feb. 23rd, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
It needs to be sewn at hem of the dress and also where the two shoulder flaps cross each other and tuck in to the pocket of the dress.

It is really a simple rectangle that is folded. I don't think of it as a strange language, but as a cipher or puzzle. One or more characters stand for a word or phrase. When you look at a lot of these patterns you'll see the exact same "cipher" appear, and patterns don't have many words anyway. There's a lot of helpful resources for helping translate to English. I have some links in the post about crochet hook sizes in the sidebar of my blog.
May. 1st, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
snuffykin, you are my hero...
I was trying to figure out the underlined X symbol using WWWJDIC, but my Japanese is woefully inadequate. Now I'm off to make a koi tawashi for Boy's Day. Hooray!
Sep. 14th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
To Anonymous re: Ohina Doll
Hi there, D. The pattern web page link has changed to:

I've updated the link above. :)
Apr. 28th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Tawashi Doll
How many chains do you crochet when starting the rectangle? I chained 49 and I don't think it's long enough. Should I have chained more? I'm having a heck of a time trying to wind this around and I assume that I would sew it together when I get it to look right? BTW, I love the way you did yours really nice.
Apr. 29th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: Tawashi Doll
I chained 49 also for 48 sc across. Maybe your yarn is thinner. The pattern says the strip should be 5 cm x 36 cm. I folded it so that it looked like the finished photo and did not follow the diagram. The way I did it was tucking the two ends overlapping each other across her front. Then added the head and sewed it up. Sometimes it only matters that it looks right. :)

Thank you!! Good luck!! You can also try folding a strip of paper first to see how it works.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... I hope this isn't a stupid question, but what does RS and WS mean? :[
Jan. 3rd, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: Confuseedddd.
RS means Right Side.
WS means Wrong Side.
Sep. 6th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
I know this is an old post. But thanksI want to make a few of these and your notes were really helpful!
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Hi merchendiver! Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have fun making the little dollies! You can use little oddments of yarn to make them. :D
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