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« on: July 28, 2006 02:36:56 PM »

I'm embarrassed to even be asking this.  What kind of yarn should I use for making dishcloths?  I thought cotton, but everything I look at says to hand-wash cold- that doesn't sound hot, soapy water friendly! 

So, do I use whatever cotton stuff I can find, or is there something specific I should be looking for? 

I don't want anything that might scratch up my fancy-pants pots and pans either.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2006 02:40:35 PM »

i'd assume acrylic yarn would be just fine, and it shoudlnt be too scratchy.....but  then again im nit a yarn expert.  all i know is that acrylic is machine washable, so it should work.  oh, and i'd avoid using animal fibers, such as wool or alpaca, because they will felt when used with hot, soapy water. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2006 02:42:48 PM »

Acrilic won't absorb water. Try Peaches N Cream cotton yarn from Joannes, WalMart, etc.
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2006 02:48:27 PM »

The cotton yarn I use is the cheapest crap you can buy from Walmart. It usually has dishcloth patterns on the label. I find the Peaches n' cream stuff to be more expensive than the cheap crap I use.

Only was in cold water if you don't wan't something to shrink or fade in color. It's a dishcloth...so, you probably don't care. I wash mine in hot water with bleach (gets rid of the germies). They'll last you forever and you can always stictch mend them when they fall apart and put 'em in your rag pile.

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2006 02:49:31 PM »

I'm with ScotSkipper402, peaches 'n cream works well, so does the sugar 'n cream, or lion cotton yarn. I've made a few with other cottons that said hand wash cold water, and they have been ok. I just made them a little bigger than what I wanted to make up for any shrinking caused by the hot water. The color might bleed on yarn that's supposed to be washed in cold water so I'd keep that in mind too.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2006 04:10:57 PM »

Thanks, everyone!  I was pretty sure only animal fiber felted, but in the back of my head I was afraid maybe the cotton would.  Shrinkage and color bleeding makes sense.
I'm thinking I'll stockpile these things and use them for Christmas gifts.  As nice instant gratification item when I'm working on something bigger.
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