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Old 09-20-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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Best Dish Cloth Yarn?
I'm busy knitting some Lacy Fingertip Towels for Christmas gifts, however recently someone here posted a link to a Double Bump pattern for dish cloths or scarfs. (Whoever it was, I say thank you!) Last week I bought a skein of Sugar 'n Cream at Michael's and knit up my first cloth. Love the pattern and the yarn worked out great. Now here's my question: IS 100% cotton my best choice for these cloths? A blend better? I want them to be "used and abused"; no special treatment required. Also several of my friends and family have earth-tone kitchens...granite counter tops and such. Therefore I'd like to knit these cloths in neutral shades. I haven't really seen much of this, (in 100% cotton or a cotton blend), in my Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Maybe I'll have to do some online shopping, but would truly also appreciate some recommendations for that too. (It would be my very first internet shopping since I'm still pretty new at this computer stuff:teehee)!
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:48 AM   #2
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My Sugar 'n Cream dishclothes have held up very well. That cotton is sturdy. The only one I've had that died is this one
The slip stitches that create the brick-like pattern wore out over time.
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Sugar n Cream is considered the best for dishcloths, though RH, Lion and Bernat also make a cotton yarn that may have the colors you're looking for. SnC comes in an offwhite/tan/cream color and a couple of brown/tan/cream multis and other earth tones. You might find more selection at Joanns, Hobby Lobby and Walmart now carries it.
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Thanks for the advise! Sounds like SnC/or any 100% cotton is the way to go. Love the little brick design cloth! Jeanie
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:11 PM   #5
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I like using LOTS of different cotton yarns for dishcloths.
Lily Sugar 'n Cream
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Pisgah Peaches & Cream
Lion Cotton
Red Heart Creme de la Creme

And for FACEcloths, I like using these:
Bernat Cottontots
Patons Pure
Mission Falls Cotton
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Oh wow Shandeh!I see lots of earthy/neutral colors that would really be perfect! Thanks!
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Cool! Glad you were able to find what you wanted.
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:21 AM   #8
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I have been knitting forever and for dishcloths/facecloths I really like to use Peaches and Cream (Creme). I order it on-line, the delivery is quick and the yarn colors are extensive. I travel much, so always have to take yarn with me and dish/face cloths are easy to knit on the go. Enjoy!
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Once again, thanks for the tips! That's good to know about the bleaching. Who knows what messes we might get our dish cloths into ! I guess that, (bleaching), would pertain to pretty much any of these 100% cotton yarns? (A color safe bleach for the colors).
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I make these often, and use them daily, as well as give them for gifts. Everyone needs a fresh new dishcloth now and then!

I always use 100% cotton, no matter what brand.

A friend once gave me one made of acrylic yarn, and I found that it didn't hold the water well, just slipped over the dishes....did not like it at all. It also stretched to a large size when wet.

I once found some lovely Egyptian cottons, which felt more silky, but after knitting these up, ( in various patterns) I gave then to friends as 'facecloths' rather than dishcloths....cuz they were more expensive and I dreaded thinking of them with food bits stuck in.
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