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Georgiasmama
10-19-2006, 01:33 AM
I want to make some, but since I am soooooo new I dont really know where to start!

help!

Pink Dandelion
10-19-2006, 04:42 AM
Your best bet is a worsted weight 100% cotton, I would try to keep it all cotton, but the weight of the yarn isn't terribly important as long as it works with your needle size -
Lily sugar'n creme (http://www.sugarncream.com/product.php?LGC=sugarncream&PHPSESSID=7270ea19fd24033c892166ba9591b66b), or Lion Brand's "Lion Cotton" (http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/kitchen.htm) are both relatively inexpensive yarns that are nice for dishcloths. But any cheap cotton in the right weight will do, I even know of people who strand 3 ply of cro-sheen, I've heard it makes real nice durable abrasive dish cloths, but I've never actually tried this.

janelanespaintbrush
10-19-2006, 06:11 AM
Is only cotton recommended for dishcloths? I have some too-scratchy-for-wearing wool that I was thinking might make a nice abrasive scrubbie sort of thing. Anyone tried this? Would it be gross to wash dishes with sheep hair? I suppose I should just try it... if anyone has experience with wool dishcloths, though, please share.

I've also got some bernat handicrafter cotton -- I think people like to use that for kitchen stuff too. Haven't tried it yet. I've been obsessed with socks lately.

Ingrid
10-19-2006, 07:48 AM
I imagine the wool would felt in short order, but that may be good for a scrubby thingy. Just make it big to start with. :shrug:

janelanespaintbrush
10-19-2006, 08:19 AM
I imagine the wool would felt in short order, but that may be good for a scrubby thingy. Just make it big to start with. :shrug:

Oh, I should've mentioned that this wool doesn't want to felt -- it's a light color -- maybe that's why. I'm actually motivated to make a dishcloth now because DH decided to take a job (first time he's worked in 3.5 years of marriage), so I have been tasked with doing the dishes now that he's not a full-time house-husband anymore. :pout: I'm hoping that if I make myself a pretty new dishcloth I'll be more excited to tackle my new chore (yeah, right). :rofl:

Have you chosen any patterns yet, Georgiasmama? I think this one (http://www.knittingknonsense.com/beestitchcloth.html) is pretty, and doesn't look too hard to do, either.

projectgal
10-19-2006, 10:40 AM
Dishcloth Knit-a-long
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MonthlyDishcloths/

This group has a fun idea. On the first of each month, you receive seven (or so) lines to a dishcloth pattern, each day for the next 6-10 days, you're given a few more rows. You are told ahead of time what color of yarn and what size needle, but that's it. As you are knitting, the design develops. The first of the month KAL is only knit and purl stitches so everyone can do it!

Just a little warning: DO NOT POST YOUR GUESS OF WHAT THE DESIGN MIGHT BE--a few months ago a few people said, "I think it might be..." or "Oh, it's a ..." and the whole board almost blew up! There were several people who had their feathers ruffled. They wanted the design to be a surprise!

There's another KAL on the 15th of the month that is a more difficult pattern, generally based on a particular type of stitch. And there a lots of designs in their files folder. It's a great way to try a new stitch because so many others are doing it with you!

Wool washcloth? I'm not sure that would be the best choice. Maybe knit one of the lacy dishcloths and use it as a doily, but wool and water just don't mix!

If you don't want to join the yahoo group, the dishcloth KAL also has a blog http://monthlydishclothkal.blogspot.com/

nikic
10-19-2006, 11:00 AM
I like Peaches and Cream better because it seems to be softer and more durable than the Sugar and Cream. I also got a baby cotton that I haven't tried yet, and I have some organic cotton that I bought to make a dishcloth out of, but it's too soft and nice to use it for that.

MAmaDawn
10-19-2006, 11:08 AM
I'm past of the KAL and it is A LOT of fun! It's neat knitting a few rows and not knowing how it will look in the end. I wasn't sure how much I would like doing it at first but I really like it. She just sent an email with the color suggestion and I can forward it to you if you join and want it.

Something else you could do with the wool is make a hot pad.

newamy
10-19-2006, 11:42 AM
Here is a link to a study of cotton that a nice blogger did when trying to choose cotton for a crocheted bath mat.
http://www.crochetme.com/Aug_Sept_2005/feat_cotton.html

Her level of expermentation and dedication to the study was remarkable. She does have a research background. Even though it was "research" it's an interesting read.

Shandeh
10-19-2006, 11:47 AM
I've heard that cheapo acrylic yarn makes GREAT scrubbie dishcloths, because it's so scratchy!

Now, we have a use for that Red Heart Super Saver stash we all made when we first started learning to knit! :teehee:

Georgiasmama
10-19-2006, 08:01 PM
Thanks ladies! I picked up some Sugar n cream that was onsale at Joanns. I see some patterns I *think* I could do. hehe

I will get to work!