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miccisue
08-03-2008, 02:25 PM
What exactly IS the difference....is it just the size you make it? What's the preferred size for the face cloth?
I made dishcloths for Christmas last year, but thought I'd make facecloths this year and give them with either little bars of scented soap or tubes of facial scrub.
I'm planning on using Sugar and Cream/Peaches and Cream (whichever I grab that day - I've got lots of leftovers of both), and a very simple pattern. I just need to know how to make them distinguishable from the discloths I gave last year.:blush:

Phaedra
08-03-2008, 03:03 PM
Hi! I just bought some Sugar 'n Cream in the pastel twist colors. I saw a "spa" pattern book for the yarn and it said to cast on 48 stitches on size US8 (I'm using 7's) and garter-stitch (knit every row) until it is 10 inches long then cast off. The end result is 10 inches squared.
Then I saw another booklet (same yarn) for dishcloths: cast on 45 stitches, the rest is the same. So maybe use pastels, or knit the edges in seed-stitch (moss-stitch). Good Luck!

brittyknits
08-03-2008, 03:55 PM
Nothin'.

Who says there are no easy answer?:cool:

But seriously-- there is no difference, not even size really. But if you want to make sure the receiver uses them as intended, that bar of nice soap, or wrapping it around a wooden spoon may clarify things. :)

figaro
08-03-2008, 04:35 PM
I would say the difference is how you want to use it. It would also depend on the pattern, I tend to like to knit "grandma's favorite washcloth" for the dishes as it seems to be a pretty sturdy pattern and I just knit a leaf pattern for washing my face.

sgtpam
08-03-2008, 06:20 PM
What is "grandma's favorite washcloth"? I've seen a few posts that mentioned it; but, is this a pattern that's readily available...if it matters, I am not on Ravelry.

Also, when you say that the only difference between a washcloth and dishcloth is the size...I like my washcloths softer than my dishcloths. I really like the Sugar 'n Cream for dishcloths; but, I wouldn't want to wash my face with it. I think it's a little rough for that. So, who has a suggestion for what yarn I chould use that would be soft enough for a "facecloth".

Thanks............
Pam

KnittinMitchie
08-03-2008, 06:42 PM
Dishcloth, washcloth are all the same to me. I knit and crochet "dishclothes" and have had people use them ans wash clothes expecially the fancy crochet ones that look like doilies.

Jan in CA
08-03-2008, 07:26 PM
I don't like Sugar and Cream type yarns so I use Tahki Cotton Classic. Yes, it is more expensive, but I just love my dishcloth/washcloths! The color doesn't fade much if at all, they dry faster and they are so bright and pretty! Just thought I'd share in case anyone else doesn't like s&c type yarns. ;)

Ronda
08-03-2008, 07:50 PM
I noticed the S&C yarns fade fast. I haven't heard of Tahki though. I'm going to have to check that out.

figaro
08-03-2008, 08:55 PM
Here is a link for Grandma's favorite dishcloth -
http://www.jimsyldesign.com/dishbout/kpatterns/grfavorite.html

Crycket
08-03-2008, 08:58 PM
Personally I would say the difference between a dishcloth and a washcloth is that a dishcloth is for dishes, and a washcloth is for ppl bathing....

But that is trivial, like bathroom in washroom...I would always consider a bathroom a room with a bathtub (or shower) and a washroom a place to go pee...but really...same difference! Potato, potahto

Jan in CA
08-03-2008, 10:30 PM
I noticed the S&C yarns fade fast. I haven't heard of Tahki though. I'm going to have to check that out.

Here's a link to the Tahki site.
http://www.tahkistacycharles.com/dyn_prod.php?p=CCT&k=74273

I get it at my LYS for $6 a hank, but there are cheaper places if you want to shop online.
http://www.handworksgallery.com/cotclasy.htm
http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Tahki_Yarn-Cotton_Classic_Yarn-2489.html

WandaT
08-04-2008, 08:52 AM
For me the only difference between a dishcloth and washcloth are the yarns. I'm with those who like S&C for dishcloths but not for faces. I use softer cotton yarns for face cloths.

Puddinpop
08-04-2008, 10:52 AM
What beautiful colors they have in the Tahki yarn.

SteveDallas
08-05-2008, 11:27 AM
I have made a couple with Sugar & Cream (including the Ballband Dishcloth) that I use for washcloths.

Jan, does the Tahki yarn come out OK with patterns aimed at S&C/P&C? I notice it's listed as DK, and not worsted like S&C. I like the S&C a lot texture-wise, but it would definitely be nice to have something that didn't fade so much, especially for gifts.

Has anybody used any of the other cotton yarns--doesn't Lion have one?

kellee0302
08-05-2008, 11:35 AM
I have used lion brand cotton ease and it seems to be softer, I've even made myself a tank out of it. The skeins are also larger than the sugar and cream.

Jan in CA
08-05-2008, 11:36 AM
Jan, does the Tahki yarn come out OK with patterns aimed at S&C/P&C? I notice it's listed as DK, and not worsted like S&C. I like the S&C a lot texture-wise, but it would definitely be nice to have something that didn't fade so much, especially for gifts.

Has anybody used any of the other cotton yarns--doesn't Lion have one?

It is DK and it's a smoother, softer yarn. If you used a worsted pattern it would come out smaller and maybe finer looking. I don't use my dishcloths for scrubbing, I use them for wiping the counters, tables, stuff like that. For scrubbing I use my nylon scrubby thing which is sturdier than cotton of any type. It's more expensive, but not prohibitively so give it a try if you're interested. If you don't like it for a dishcloth you can use it for a face cloth.

I have used Lion cotton and it felt about the same as S&C to me.

brittyknits
08-05-2008, 01:00 PM
Lionbrand Cotton is 100% cotton and meant to be used just like Sugar and Cream/Peaches and Cream. Cotton-ease is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, and meant for clothing. Not that what it's meant for makes any difference, but when it comes to substituting for S & C, you'll be happier with the results using the Lionbrand Cotton.

KnittinMitchie
08-05-2008, 01:59 PM
I've used Lion Band cotton and found it to be a little softer than peaches and cream and sugar and cream. I knitted up a dishcloth & towel set for my MIL.

of troy
08-05-2008, 03:00 PM
i only knit face cloths (i tell people they are face cloths (not dish cloths)

I tend to knit them out of nicer cottons (mercerized) or cottons and linens, or soy silk, or bamboo..

but really, i have no control once i give them away.. If my friends or DIL use them as dish cloths.. well that what they do!

but i only knit face clothes! (i do also knit hand towels, and i have knit bath mats--but not dishcloths!)

KnittinMitchie
08-05-2008, 07:30 PM
i got some knit picks cotlin and that is some soft stuff. I'm goingto knit a pair of fingerless gloves with it.

margrue
08-05-2008, 08:08 PM
I make 'dishcloths' with sugar and cream cotton and a plain garter stitch diagonal pattern, like the "grandma's favorite", but for 'washcloths' or 'facecloths' I use a nicer brand of cotton or bamboo yarn and a lacy pattern. Usually the dishcloths I make are bigger than the washcloths.

Gertie
08-05-2008, 11:33 PM
This is my tweaked version of the Grandma. It's relaxing & brainless.

Basic Dish Rag

Worsted weight cotton yarn
Sz. US8 needles

Cast on 4 sts.
Knit.
Knit again.
K1; Kf&b of next 2 sts; K1 - 6 sts.
# to # - at last st yf, then sl last st pearlwise.
#
K2, YO, knit to end of row - 7 sts.
Rep this row till 50 sts.
K2, YO, K2 tog; knit to end of row - 50 sts.
Rep this row - 50 sts.
K1, K2 tog, YO, K2 tog; knit to end of row - 49 sts.
Rep this row till 6 sts.
(K1, K2 tog) X2, K1 - 4 sts.
#
Bind off.

SteveDallas
08-06-2008, 11:47 AM
Thanks for teh commetns about the Lion Brand Cotton.. how is it for fading?

tokmom
08-07-2008, 10:44 AM
How many, (on the average) dish or washcloths can you get from the Tahki? I love the colors!

Jan in CA
08-07-2008, 12:32 PM
How many, (on the average) dish or washcloths can you get from the Tahki? I love the colors!

I'm not sure. I'm guessing 1.5 maybe, but I have some left from the last one I made that I'll be starting on and I'll see how far it goes. It does depend on the cloth size you like and even the pattern. I am doing this one right now and it's garter with short rows which may take more than some. Stockinette would take less, but I prefer garter for dishcloths.
http://1870pearl.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/01/pocket_knitting.html

MAmaDawn
08-07-2008, 12:59 PM
Lion has this too... http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lion-brand-natures-choice-organic-cotton

It's softer than S&C, I think, and it's a bit thicker too.. but not like bulky weight...

I have not washed anything with it yet, so I don't know how it is on fading.

InterNette
08-08-2008, 01:19 PM
When I first starting knitting all mine were dishcloths. I use them to practice a pattern, to play around seeing what I can. Then I discovered doing them in cables and lace when I am practicing those designs and seeing what kind of cables I can think up on my own, I now use these as washcloths. Most are very decorative and the lacy ones are so pretty. I also usually do these in white as well and give with a bar of lavender or fancy wrapped soap. I think they are lovely in lace and make the whole bathing setting special.
SO my dishcloths are rougher, like the brick wall and waffle stich and my washclothes are mostly lace and sometimes cabled. I can always tell the difference for me that way when sorting laundry.