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Old 08-15-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Dishcloth Poll
No voting box; this is both informal and open ended. What size do you make your dishclothes?

I'm trying to make placemats for my table, bypassing the swatch step, and have already frogged my work twice. This third attempt was supposed to be a swatch, but I ended up casting on beyond the swatch width and I'm thinking I might have gone too far.

There was a post in the forums this morning that reminded me that dishcloths are a good way to practice patterns, and I realized that if I called my swatch a dishcloth, I might be able to persuade myself to do it.

I'm going to frog my work again and make a swatch -- I mean dishcloth -- in my placemat pattern. I had planned to make my swatch 8"x8", but as I don't use cotton dishcloths myself (I use fluffy microfiber clothes and small cotton & netting knitted "scrubbies"), I wondered if that would be too big for one. Or too small.

Since it's really a matter of personal preference, I thought it would be fun to ask and see what everyone else does. Maybe I'll get a compelling reason to make it some other size.

I'm not setting up an actual voting poll because I am assuming that the sizes will vary a lot.
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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Well, I've given away all the dishcloths I've knitted, so I don't have a size for you. I do, however, have a suggestion. Since you don't use dishcloths, how about knitting a washcloth? Great for decorative purposes, perhaps useful for you or maybe coupled with a nice bar of soap, a hostess gift.
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For kitchen use I prefer about 5-6" dishcloths.
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All I use in the kitchen are knit cotton cloths! I love them. I make mine roughly 8" x 8". They hold up great and go through the washer like nobody's business. When they do get holes they move to the rag pile for cleaning up around the house.
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The couple of times that I made dishcloths to try out, I only made them about 4 or 5 inches square -- I wonder now if they didn't work for me because they were so small?

I frogged my third placemat attempt and cast on using the cable cast on instead of long tail -- I normally like this one better but it's more work, especially with two strands. I got impatient and stopped at 32 stitches instead of going out to 64, which had been my intention. I can't seem to make up my mind! LOL I'm going to finish this one (really!) so that I can wash it with my current (store-bought) placemats and see how it comes out.
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I prefer dishcloths that are about 6" or 7" squares. Larger or smaller pieces are still useful for other things. What pattern are you using for your place mats? I was playing with blanket rib stitch yesterday (yeah, making a dishcloth) and think it would make a nice place mat.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
I prefer dishcloths that are about 6" or 7" squares. Larger or smaller pieces are still useful for other things. What pattern are you using for your place mats? I was playing with blanket rib stitch yesterday (yeah, making a dishcloth) and think it would make a nice place mat.

As a matter of fact, I am using the Basket Rib Hand Towel pattern -- is that the same one that you were doing?

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It's about 10 inches wide and has two too many stitches on it (so the pattern is not even) and I'm looking to frog and restart again.

I've never frogged a pattern so many times (and for no good reason)! I must be reluctant to finish it and let it go. I shouldn't be, since I want to make at least one batch of six matching placemats.
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Originally Posted by sakura-panda View Post
As a matter of fact, I am using the Basket Rib Hand Towel pattern -- is that the same one that you were doing?

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It's about 10 inches wide and has two too many stitches on it (so the pattern is not even) and I'm looking to frog and restart again.

I've never frogged a pattern so many times (and for no good reason)! I must be reluctant to finish it and let it go. I shouldn't be, since I want to make at least one batch of six matching placemats.
I like that pattern. I've about decided I don't like the blanket rib. It's a knitter's prerogative to change her mind. Blanket Rib


I use cloth napkins. Maybe I'll just knit up a new batch since the ones I have could probably register to vote. When the kids were younger and I figured the napkins could be used more than once we each had our own napkin ring.
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Funny, I just finished one an hour ago. I just eyeballed it and worked until it "looked" right. I just measured it and it is 8 x 6.5 inches.
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Funny, I just finished one an hour ago. I just eyeballed it and worked until it "looked" right. I just measured it and it is 8 x 6.5 inches.
LOL my guesstimate is 6" or 7" I just eyeball them too! I know if they get too big I feel like I'm trying to wash dishes with a towel and if they're too small I can't hold on to them very well. Some stretch more than others when they're wet, depending on the stitches and those I like smaller.
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