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Old 09-21-2010, 11:06 AM   #11
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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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Old 09-21-2010, 09:11 PM   #12
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I haven't tryed bleaching the clothes yet I'm happy to see my white dishclothes that I've knitted ugly and stained like a dishcloth should be LoL. I love the 100% cotton cloths, they clean pots baked on stuff and I even use them to clean our indoor electric grill. All around one of the best projects I've worked on.

This xmas I'm give some away all in white so I don't have to worry about matching decors, and it was cheaper to buy a huge pile white cotton yarn and just knit up some dishcloths and call it done for the extened family.
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:49 PM   #13
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http://myjewelthief.typepad.com/myje...p-scarves.html

This is my first attempt at trying to post a link. Eek! My computer skills are still SO limited!! Hmmm. Guess I'll see what happens when I click on "submit". I wanted to thank all of you who replied to my thread! Wow! So many great tips and advise! I'm coming along pretty good with the cloths. Not pushing it yet, but it might come to that as Christmas draws closer. Have 8 finished now and really have become hooked on this pattern. It turns out perfectly square and lays flat...the pattern is equally attractive on either side too. So far I haven't had to do any online shopping for yarn, but I sure appreciate the links to where I can find other colors and brands. I've found several neutral/natural colors, (Sugar and Creme), at my nearby Michael's. Discovered immediately that the solid color skeins have more yardage, (120 yds) compared to the mult-colored ones, (95 yds). At least that's all they carry at my store.
I've been experimenting with sizes. Started with casting on 37 stitches as the pattern called for. It's a nice size, but personally I like a slightly smaller cloth. I have small hands...(small arthritic hands). Now I've been knitting some by casting on 34 stitches, (the pattern is multiples of 3 +1),and instead of doing a TOTAL of 13 repeats of the pattern sequence, I do 12. I'm using size 6 needles and they're still turning out square! The cool thing in doing this size is that there is just the perfect amount of yarn on the multi-colored skeins to get two cloths! The plan is to give them in sets of 4 cloths. I've been rolling each one up and tying with a piece of hemp or twine to hold the roll together. I wanted to post the link in case someone might be interested in this "Double Bump" patterns. Thanks for letting me babble on! Jeanie in TX
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HEY MY LINK WORKED!
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http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Aria...tted-dishcloth

I apparently used Bernat Handicrafter cotton for this one, it has held up well. I just finished another in the same pattern using Lily cotton yarn...
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Thanks for the link to the dish cloth pattern. I like it and it looks like it would hold up well over time.
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I like it, too, cause I think it's kinda pretty...
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I really like Reynold's "Saucy" mercerized cotton. It also comes out of the washer/dryer really nice!

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Oh I have SO wanted to try that Saucy yarn!!!! I think I'd have to order it online though. Could you possibly give me suggestions on some places that might be best to order it from? I would be eternally grateful! Jeanie
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Well, I bought mine at my LYS...but WEBS has it, too!
Click here. (33 yummy colors!)

I use the Saucy "worsted" for dishcloths and hand towels.
I used the Saucy "sport" for a fingertip towels this past Spring.

Either one is very nice. Either one would work for dishcloths.
But you work less stitches with the worsted weight! I'm all about quick n' easy.
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