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« on: August 08, 2005 08:48:17 PM »

I've recently became addicted to washcloth patterns just because they go so quickly. I am almost done with one I started today using Bernat Cotton Tots but I don't think it's gonna be very good as a washcloth just because it keeps pilling. Anyone know a good yarn to use. Perferably pretty cheap...I'm a frugal knitter with 2 kids.
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2005 09:06:31 PM »

Lily's Sugar n Cream or Lion Brand's kitchen cotton are super super cheap (like 1.99 to 3.99 a ball and you can get 2-4 cloths out of one ball) and is fairly tough for pot scrubbers, dishcloths and washcloths.

I've seen chenille used for washcloths but those would be more expensive.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2005 09:22:20 PM »

ok thanks! i hate using bar soap...just grosses me out to share soap with someone and have it sitting in the tub! yuck! so I'm a big advocate of liquid body wash and I really wanted a nice big set of handknitted washcloths for use when the kids and i take our baths! Hehe.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2005 10:08:14 PM »

I have to second the sugar and cream yarn. My grandmother swears by it, she got me hooked, my theory is if Grandma has been using it for all these years it must be great. My first washcloth has held up for a year. Sorry I'm rambling, it's just the best.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2005 11:01:47 PM »

i like sugar and cream...it was my very first yarn...Michaels here has it on sale for 99 cents like once a month so it's super cheap to stock up on
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2005 04:50:08 PM »

I use Sugar and Cream, too. I knit a stack of dishcloths and they have been used, abused, washed, dried, and still look nice! I'm under orders to face cloths for my children in their favorite colors! But... they're going to have to wait!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2005 05:22:14 AM »

One word: Hemp.  Problem is that it isn't cheap.  Sorry.

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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2005 07:50:42 PM »

Sugar-n-Cream gets my vote too. Cheap, pretty colors, and durable. Its actually one of my favorite yarns to work with. Also great for making small matching hand towels to go with your cloths, and making 'car wash' towels....my truck-washing-obsessed b/friend loves his!  Im also making bikinis out of this yarn..so far they are turning out very well.
Happy Knitting 2U !
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2005 10:42:08 AM »

My LYS had cotton chenille on sale, so I bought a skein, but haven't done anything with it. I think this would be MY washcloth/mitt (folded in half and seamed on 2 sides).

Sugar & Cream is good. Everyone's already chimed in on that.

I have one friend who was so excited about knitting with "good" yarn that she bought hanks of really nice cotton (about $4 each, yields 1 cloth, with leftovers) and went nuts. Very nice, and very soft, but it was mostly the colors she was excited about. The coolest one was Nature's Cotton, which was a nubby, thick & thin cotton. Not necessary, but, like I said, she loved the colors.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2005 11:43:32 AM »

i've been using Walmart's brand called 'Peaches & Cream'. i've knit a bunch and they hold up really well to rough use and multiple washings. they have some nice colors too and they're only about $1.29 ea.
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2005 07:09:04 PM »

I also make scrubbies - either for exfoliating or for dishes from tulle. Just get one of those tubes of tulle (about 6 inches long) at Joanns or other big box store, cut the whole tube in half tulle and all (I use a sharp knife and just hack away at it - don't worry about even edges). Then just take the strips and knit away into a square!
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2005 03:21:36 AM »

I also make scrubbies - either for exfoliating or for dishes from tulle....
Thats a great idea!!

Heres a cool link I found with patterns of the 50 States for cotton cloths. Im going to try and make my state.
(Also has Canadian Provinces)
http://www.knittingknonsense.com/index3.html
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2005 04:45:57 PM »

I bought some great mid-priced cotton called "Aunt Lydia's Denim Quick Crochet" at a Hobby Lobby. It came on a big ball, and I was able to get three or so washcloths out of one ball... It was just a little nicer than Sugar'n'Cream, which tends to fuzz up after a few washings...

I found a great bath mitt pattern on the Interweave Knits website a few months back. It used a quality cotton and wove in chenille to make a good scrubby bath mitt. I'm making a few for gifts... If that's your thing, poke around and see if it's still there...
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2005 08:24:12 PM »

I bought some great mid-priced cotton called "Aunt Lydia's Denim Quick Crochet" .........

I bought some of that Aunt Lydias Denim too...two in blue & one in rose color. Im actually trying to make a small light-weight poncho in the blue color right now (to match my jeans). Its just a simple rectangle-type pattern and I hope it 'hangs' correctly when Im done with it. But I definately love the Aunt Lydias Denim! I,d buy it again for the value & quality, but its kinda' hard to find here.
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2005 07:19:12 AM »

I have used Peaches and Cream from Wal-Mart.  It's cheap and durable, but the colors do not last at all.  So if you are just going for function I would recomend that.
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2005 01:15:29 PM »

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Heres a cool link I found with patterns of the 50 States for cotton cloths. Im going to try and make my state.
(Also has Canadian Provinces)
http://www.knittingknonsense.com/index3.html
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thanks for posting this! i went and looked around her site and right now I'm doing the letters "T" and "C" for my sons and then I'm gonna do the whole alphabet for a blanket hehe
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28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
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29 "Many women do noble things,
       but you surpass them all."
jelly
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2005 01:47:58 PM »

Crochet Me has a feature article on this:

http://www.crochetme.com/Aug_Sept_2005/feat_cotton.html

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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2005 02:02:17 PM »

i'm surprised no one has mentioned this one so far, but i use bernat's handicrafter cotton. it comes in lots of nice colors (plain and variegated) and is really nice for making dishcloths, and i imagine washcloths too. pilling is really limited and you don't have to give it any special treatment when washing/drying.

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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2005 08:33:45 PM »

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thanks for posting this! i went and looked around her site and right now I'm doing the letters "T" and "C" for my sons and then I'm gonna do the whole alphabet for a blanket hehe
  http://www.knittingknonsense.com/index3.html

Your Welcome! And I forgot about the alphabet patterns when I posted it for the 50 States. I would like to see that blanket (or some of your WIP while you make that!)   Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2005 11:23:00 AM »

i got the T done (messed up on one line paying too much attention to big brother but eh!) and it's posted on my blog http://knittymomma.blogspot.com
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