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Old 08-03-2008, 02:25 PM   #1
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difference between dishcloth and washcloth
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.
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:03 PM   #2
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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!
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:55 PM   #3
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Nothin'.

Who says there are no easy answer?

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.

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Old 08-03-2008, 04:35 PM   #4
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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.
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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".

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Old 08-03-2008, 06:42 PM   #6
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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.
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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.
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I noticed the S&C yarns fade fast. I haven't heard of Tahki though. I'm going to have to check that out.
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Here is a link for Grandma's favorite dishcloth -
http://www.jimsyldesign.com/dishbout...rfavorite.html
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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
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