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Old 11-25-2007, 09:19 AM   #1
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About how long does it take to knit dishcloths?
I know it's going to be different for different people, but I'm using really simple patterns....could I get one done in a couple of hours?
The reason I'm asking is because I got a request from a niece (on Thanksgiving, no less) for a blanket for Christmas. Last year I made lapghans - actually they were a little longer than lapghans, but not quite long enough to be called afghans - for the SILs. When we got to chatting at lunch, my older niece said she wanted a book to refresh her knitting skills, which caused the 12 year old to pipe up about the "blankets" I'd made last year, and how long did it take. Her mom added that she was constantly having to fight the girls for it, and it was so nice and cuddly that she loved curling up on the couch with it. Anyway, the 12 year old has decided she wants her own blanket. I figure using bulky or super bulky yarn I can get one whipped up (and probably one for her 11 year old sister), but am also planning on doing dishcloths for the SILs. Am I spreding myself too thin? Do I have to do more than 1 or 2 dishcloths per person?
Seems like no matter how good my intentions are, December always ends up being a month of meeting myself coming and going!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:27 AM   #2
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It takes me a couple of hours to do a dishcloth +/-. If I get a request this late in the year, I would tell them that's a great idea for next year and that I'm all booked up for this Xmas ... or you could tuck that idea away for a birthday or some other occasion.
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:52 AM   #3
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Are they going to be facecloths or really used for dishes? because I know some people think they're too pretty to be used on dishes. So if they're facecloths you can include a bar of nice soap with one for each person. Simple design would be best so you can get more knitting time in for the blankets. I think you can do it just start knitting now!
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:51 AM   #4
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I use the Grandmother's favorite dish rag pattern and it takes me about an hour for one of those if I just sit down and make it... most of the time I keep them in my car and work on them when we go up to wait for the bus in the mornings and afternoons... if I do this it takes a week to finish cause I only work on it at that time....
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:56 AM   #5
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I knit really fast so I can finish one in a couple of weeks.
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I am a fairly slow knitter, so it could take me up to 4 hours. It just depends on the difficulty of the pattern and the speed you knit.
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Old 11-25-2007, 11:15 AM   #7
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I've just started making these and I think it depends on how complicated the pattern is. It took me a couple of hours to do each one. They are fairly quick but you do have to pay attention to the pattern.
I agree with others, perhaps Thanksgiving is a little late in the game to be requesting a blanket! Perhaps you could say you'd do it but it won't be done in time for the holidays.
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It depends how long I sit and just work on it for. Usually I can start one in an evening and finish it by the following evening. So....maybe 6 hours total? Maybe 4 depending on the pattern? I like complicated patterns for dishcloths though- they keep me interested and they scrub better than just garter stitch. Okay, that might be a lie, but I tell myself that!
I'm knitting a blanket sort of like the one you described. It's for my DBF's Nanny and I'm knitting it with Patons Shetland Chunky on size 13 needles. It's going pretty quickly, but I started it a couple of weeks ago and I'm only about half finished it. Better get started!
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depending upon the pattern, a couple of hours give or take....

as for special orders: if they're not paying, they can wait until next year.
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Old 11-25-2007, 03:12 PM   #10
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I use the Grandmother's favorite dish rag pattern and it takes me about an hour for one of those if I just sit down and make it... most of the time I keep them in my car and work on them when we go up to wait for the bus in the mornings and afternoons... if I do this it takes a week to finish cause I only work on it at that time....
That's one of the patterns I'm using. The other one I've started is Knit one row, purl one row, k1, p1, k1 ending with a knit stitch on the 3rd row, purl the 4th row, then start over. I started it at 2 yesterday, worked on it until 3, then did two more "sections" last night and it's 5 1/2 inches long so I figure it's roughly halfway done. This one comes out with kind of a nubby pattern, so I don't know if it would be good for a washcloth or not. Also, I am using Sugar 'n Cream and Peaches 'n Cream.....would those be soft enough for washcloths? If so, I could do the thing with a nice bar of soap.
Oh yeah, the blankets aren't going to be huge - they're more a cuddle on the couch type blanket, not a blanket made to cover a bed so hopefully with a bulky yarn and size 11 or 13 needles they'd knit up more quickly.
Whatcha think?
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