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« on: November 05, 2007 08:28:51 PM »

Does anyone know if it would be a good idea to crochet a full size bath towel? I don't mean crochet the edges around a terry bath towel. I mean do the whole thing crocheted. I have made hand towels and wash clothes, and I love them. I was thinking about doing a bath towel set for a xmas gift, but wanted feedback on it before I started it. Thanks so much
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007 08:33:47 PM »

very interesting!  hhhmmm.........
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007 08:50:14 PM »

Well as long as you use a nice cotton yarn, it should be great! While it wont be as plush as terry cloth, it's absorbant and has a nice texture that isnt scratchy but definitely feels like its doing something lol I've made some cotton washed cloths and i love the way they feel on my face. I've been thinking of making a cotton towel for my dog so he has his own towel for his baths. My only concern is it might take awhile to work up if you're doing a full sized towel for an adult. Oh and may i suggest this edging http://hometown.aol.com/lffunt/blankbind.htm it would probably work really well binding the piece so it doesnt unravel over time. Good luck! post pictures if you do this!
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2007 10:39:42 PM »

It sounds like a nice idea but the one thing that I was thinking about is the weight.... a full sized towel in cotton yarn would tend to be quite heavy.
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2007 03:40:25 AM »

Thank you for your answers.

Yea weight was a concern as well. I know a friend he always crochets with 2 or 3 strings at a time and his blankets are super heavy. I was going to use 2 strings as well on the towels. I am hoping it will work...If it looks like it's going to be to heavy for a towel. I guess I could still turn it into a blanket somehow. I will definitely post pics.

Thanks for the binding link!!! I like that idea.

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2007 05:29:40 AM »

What if you made a set of hand towels and a bath rug instead?
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007 11:17:42 AM »

Thank you for your answers.

Yea weight was a concern as well. I know a friend he always crochets with 2 or 3 strings at a time and his blankets are super heavy. I was going to use 2 strings as well on the towels. I am hoping it will work...If it looks like it's going to be to heavy for a towel. I guess I could still turn it into a blanket somehow. I will definitely post pics.

Thanks for the binding link!!! I like that idea.

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I don't think you'd need to do two strings at a time, cotton is very absorbant as it is and if you used a fairly closed stitch it should still work pretty well. I didn't think about the weight issue, because I thought about it in the sense that I made a tank using peaches n cream cotton yarn and while it is heavier than most other yarns, it is not too heavy to wear. But I only used one string, not two. So my suggestion is, if you do two strings and it gets too heavy, try it with just one. And if you're giving it to a female, you could also make a turban towel (i dont know if you've heard of it, but there's a towel called "turbie twist", it's basically a cone shaped towel that you can easily wrap your hair in) and I've found by using those turban type towels that I'm not as sopping wet when i get out of the shower because i dont have my hair dripping on my body. So you could make a fairly thin/small towel and it would work fine. Or like samistrange suggested, you can make hand towels and a rug, but i still like the idea of a full fledged towel.

Btw im glad you liked the binding suggestion. Makes me feel useful Smiley
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