Sunday, January 14, 2007

Of Yarn and Washcloths

Simple Moss Stitch Washcloth
Hook Size H
Foundation: Ch 32 (or any desired multiple of 2)

Row 1: Sc in fourth chain from hook, [dc in next ch, sc in next chain] across. Turn.
Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as first dc), sc in first dc, [dc in next sc, sc in next dc] across. Last sc will be into the turning chain of the previous row. Turn.
Repeat row 2 until piece is square. End off and weave in ends.

The Story
This was truly an adventure in crochet! It began with this which quickly inspired me to try a crochet version. I had some Manos Cotton in my stash and having no idea what stitch to use tried basket weave. It was a resounding failure as far as appearance goes:

Clearly it did not retain its shape! The up side? INCREDIBLE softness.

So the search was on for a yarn and stitch that would work better. The stitch I finally settled on was Moss Stitch which yielded a slightly bumpy texture and thirsty cloth. Which yarn was best? For maintaining shape when hung over a towel rack to dry, absorbency, and a medium softness: Cotton Tots by Bernat!

Second place goes to the Cotonade. It has similar absorbency, but is a bit rougher and the space between the stitches opens up a bit more than the Cotton Tots. It will maintain shape fairly well and would be great if you want a wash cloth with a slight exfoliating quality.

Third place goes to the Manos Cotton. It is first in softness and the best for a facecloth. However, it will not hold its shape well and opens up quite a bit after use. Still usable? YES. Beautiful? Not so much.

So, which one am I using? All of them of course!

I'll end this with a question. I was considering making baby size wash cloths for the three babies soon to be born in my family. My only concern is the weight of these cloths when wet. I noticed that baby washcloths are very thin. Is this for safety do you think? Thanks for your input and enjoy the pattern!


Gina House said...

Love the washcloths...crocheted ones look better than knit ones, I think. As for the baby thinness....I always preferred the thinner washcloths with my kids and I don't know why. I used them more than the thicker ones. It might be the texture or maybe that the thicker ones were a bit harsher on the bum??

Anonymous said...

I don't know that the thinner ones are an issue of safety, but I also preferred them. They are easier to rinse out: very important with angry squirmy wormy in the baby tub! :)

(found your link through CT, btw)

crafty things said...

Thanks for the very nice pattern. I would much rather crochet and your pattern was found just in the nick of time - I was just about to start a knitted moss stitch design. Thanks for sharing so generously.

Anonymous said...

What a Marvelous Piece of Work!
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