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Figgy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:58 am    Post subject: Someone Slap My Forehead Reply with quote

To think I called myself a knitaholic.
I didn't know dishcloths were such a rage and could be so interesting to knit!
The thought of actually getting to throw the godawful sponge away makes me tingle with excitement!
Some questions though; I have a lot of leftovers in my stash that would really benefit from being used up as dishcloths but most are not 100%cotton. Does it have to be cotton to be effective? Any other fibres tested?
And which patterns sud up better and do a good cleaning job? Lacy or solid?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never tried anything but 100% cotton as the durability of the cotton is wonderful and withholds bleach & warm water. As far as lacy or solid, I think that's an individual preference as don't think it makes any difference. The possibilities are endless Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really think they have to be cotton....but that's a personal thought. They have to be able to slurp up water and be bleached. I simply love hand knit cloths.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree on the cotton... it might be interesting to do something in wool that is then felted... However, you couldn't use it with bleach. BUT... it could be used as a face cloth scrubbie... Idea

Anyhow.. here's an interesting article on dish cloths along with a couple of patterns...

http://www.spindleandwheel.com/content/view/85/105/
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer solid. The pattern I always use is...

Cast on an odd number ( I use 49 0.

Row 1....K1, Sl1 repeat across the row.
Row 2....knit
Row 3....K2, Sl1 repeat across the row.
Row 4....Knit

Keep going until cloth is square.

I think it's a pattern called Chinese Waves. I love it as it gets bigger as you use it. I have loads now and they all bleach and wash well and come up like new.

I always have one on the needles for when I need to knit but can't concentrate.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would linen or hemp work as a dish cloth? I know in "Mason Dixon Knitting" they use linen for a hand towel. I've been considering using some of my hemp to try as a dish cloth---if I have enough left after I use it for a tie for my brother's Christmas present.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used acrylic also...it doesn't hold as much water as cotton but they still work well.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just made one out of some pure cotton!
I made the pattern up and I'll post a piccy later but it really is lovely and soft.
Kellye, I'm glad you told me that as I have a lot of yarn leftovers with some acrylic mix in it.
I also have a bit of cotton chenille, that looks as if it might be nice and spongy.
How long does the colour hold out for due to so much bleaching?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lobug wrote:
Would linen or hemp work as a dish cloth? I know in "Mason Dixon Knitting" they use linen for a hand towel. I've been considering using some of my hemp to try as a dish cloth---if I have enough left after I use it for a tie for my brother's Christmas present.


Linen and hemp are both plant fibers, like cotton, so I'd give it a shot, if I were you... The worst that can happen is they don't, and you know not to use it again...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a great pattern at www.knittinfun.com/diagdiscloth. This one is knit in the diagonal and have found it to be a great way to use up leftover cotton. If I have multi colored cotton, I try to find a matching solid color and knit half & half. As she recomments in the pattern, you can also knit half of it for a "Mug Rug".

Also found that Sugar 'N Cream Cotton has now come out with 100% Striping cotton. Think that would be interesting.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bernat Cotton Tots is a 100% cotton and makes very soft face cloths. They have an array of colors also.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:41 pm    Post subject: Cloths too big Reply with quote

I have found that a lot of patterns for dish cloths come out way too big. I like just a scrap of cloth to wash my dishes. I have tried sizing them down for knitting, but found that I can make them faster and easier with Tunisian Crochet (the only crochet I can do Smile ). Oh, and cotton is the best, just for the absorbancy.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until a couple of months ago, I didn't believe dishcloths could be so addicting either! Smile Now I've gone crazy with them!

I agree with Holly and the others that if you are using the cloth in place of a sponge that it should really be 100% cotton, it's just more absorbant. However, I've made several in a blend of cotton and acrylic, I had some TLC Cotton Plus I think it was, and I'm using them more as a hot pad, they are wonderful. I have ended up being more partial to the Lily Sugar n Cream--it's very affordable and holds up great, and it is 100% cotton so you can use it however you wish.

The fun thing about dishcloths is that you can try so many different combinations, patterns and even yarns. They are quick, portable, and so useful. Play around with them, enjoy them! Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One pattern I like, esp. in the varigated thread is two simple rows. It was a free pattern from somewhere...long lost in the ether Smile

Cast on 43 stitches on size 6, 7, or 8 (U.S.) needles
Row 1: K3 (P1 K3)
Row 2: K1 (P1 K3) end with P1 K1
do this for 6 rows
starting with row seven swap the rows and do row 2 then row 1

on row 13, swap back again
Repeat this sequence and knit until square.

It is a pretty, useful pattern, and, as I said earlier, looks good in both varigated and solid thread.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We do like to feed this dish cloth addiction don't we?
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