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Jackie M. 07-23-2005 09:57 AM

Why knit a dishcloth?
I mean, they are easy and fun to make(I assume, but I've never made one), but you can buy dishcloths for almost as cheap as it would take to make one. You can get a bag of 10 for about $1 at the dollar store. I think they would be great for beginner knitters, so what is the attraction to dishcloths? Just wondering. I see so many patterns for them.
P.S. Do you use 100% cotton for them?

Ingrid 07-23-2005 10:08 AM

I think the attraction is that they're small and quick and give you a chance to practice different stitches. And if you make them from something like Lily Sugar & Cream, they're really inexpensive.

As for being able to buy them cheap, I can go to the LL Bean website right now and I'm sure I can find nice sweaters on really good clearance. So why should I make any more sweaters when I can buy one at $20?

I think we can ALL answer that question!

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MaggieL 07-23-2005 10:11 AM

I agree with Ingrid.

Jackie M. 07-23-2005 10:24 AM

I never thought about practicing different stitches. Good idea! I need all the practice I can get and starting with something small like a dishcloth is a good way to start.

LisaD715 07-23-2005 11:31 AM

I am currently making discloths so I have quick things to do while I am packing. I wanted hand made dishcloths for my kitchen, I learned how to increase and decrease on them, as well as a few other stitches and they are done pretty quick.

I am using 100% cotton, I read somewhere that if you intend to use them you should only use that.

Jackie M. 07-23-2005 11:57 AM

Anyone have pictures they can post of their dishcloths?

InterNette 07-23-2005 12:56 PM

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these are my cloths, I try and do one or two a day

rebecca 07-23-2005 01:04 PM

That sounds like the reasoning that I get about knitting socks,! Why knit socks for x# of $ when you can buy a pair for $1.99?! Because I like to do it :D ; knitting socks is fun, fun, fun, oh yeah...and fun ;) .
I've not yet made dish clothes, but I'm going to because, like Lisa, I want handmade dishcloths in my kitchen...and you can have fun with them and do all sorts of sts on them ;) and experiment...and end up with very nice dishcloths in your kitchen, right?!

Silver 07-23-2005 01:32 PM

Handknit washcloths are even better than dishcloths. They totally look the same, but you use one in the kitchen on dirty dishes, and the other in the bathroom on your body. :)

rebecca 07-23-2005 01:51 PM

I love those washcloths, InterNette!! I've really got to go to Hancocks and get some cotton!!

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