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dethas
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:30 am    Post subject: Yarn for dishcloths? Reply with quote

I had never come across the idea of knitting dishcloths before now, but browsing through this forum has my knitters fingers itching. I have a question though.

Can you use just any yarn for dishcloths? Do I have to go out and buy any specialist yarn to make dishcloths?

The quicker someone answers, the quicker you enable another knitter!
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knittingmama
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cotton is the best to knit dishcloths with because it holds up the best in water. Acrylic is good for scrubbies, but it feels really gross and mealy when it's wet. I hope that gives you some help.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use cotton - Sugar N Cream or Peaches N Cream -they are very inexpensive too and you can usually get two cloths out of one ball with a little left over.
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dethas
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, cotton it is - and cotton I don't have!

can anyone hook me up with a good UK website that sells some?

I could probably find the stuff myself but I want to make sure I get the right stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This site sells one of the brands that Jackie recommends. Good luck choosing just one colour! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a wonderful site. Thanks for the link Kathryn.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two balls of orange&sherbert...it is scrummy Wink I am trying to decide for whom I am going to make it. Could be me. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOO Kathryn, thank you - it says 'young knitter' under your name, but I think it should say 'chief enabler'!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dethas....Kathryn can keep us all knitting and is quite an enabler....her nick name, Young Knitter, fell to her as I'm called Old Knitter.

Someday we'll be renamed....Kathryn will become Old Knitter and I will be Ancient Knitter. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holly!!! You're back!!!!

Good to see you!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jackie....it's very nice to see you too. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep in mind that cotton does shrink quite a bit so I always make my dishcloths at least twice the size I think they should be.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:10 pm    Post subject: ? Reply with quote

Do you just knit the dish cloths or do you use a special stitch and should it be tight or loosely stitched? Also, what measurment (approx) do you knit them as since they do shrink?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you look at this forum you will see what people do.

http://www.knittinghaven.com/parlor/viewforum.php?f=64

There are some links for free dish cloth patterns as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Yvonne Very Happy
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