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Best Yarn for Dishcloths

Find out what yarn you should be using while knitting and crocheting free dishcloth patterns.

By: Kaylee Pope, Editor of FaveCrafts.com
Best Yarn for Dishcloths
Best Yarn for Dishcloths
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If you are considering making a handful of DIY dishcloth patterns, you are probably wondering what the best yarn is for making dishcloths. While many other free crochet and knitting patterns can be worked up in just about any blend of yarn, dishcloths present a unique challenge.

Why?

Making a knit or crochet dishcloth pattern means you are creating a project that is going to get soaking wet fairly often. This means you have to find a yarn that is able to withstand this sort of wear and tear as well as a yarn that is washable.

The best yarns to use when crocheting and knitting dishcloths is something that contains a fair amount of cotton. Cotton yarns are best for making knit dishcloth patterns, but blends work just as well.

When picking out the yarn you want to use to knit or crochet a dishcloth, keep in mind that you need to find something that is durable, will hold moisture, and something that will not be destroyed with too much contact with water.

What does this mean?

This means that wool is not an option. When exposed to too much water, wool can felt, destroying your pattern and yarn in the process. If cotton yarns are the best yarns for making dishcloths, wool is the worst.

If you are considering working with blended cotton, cotton and soy blends make excellent choices. Yarns with a cotton and soy blend may be softer and easier on your hands. You just need to insure that the yarn blend is mostly cotton. The cotton portion of the yarn is the material that is holding the moisture, so it stands to reason that you should stick with a 70/30 or even 80/20 cotton blend. 

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Great information to know for the Best Yarn for Dishcloths. I have tried other yarns and your right they don't hold up and some yarns don't hold water or dry well. I have learned the hard way years ago, so I'm happy you have this information out here. I wish someone had told me years ago, it would of saved my many tears. I have also learned the hard way to use only cotton yarn for pot holders. Thank you so much for sharing this useful information.

I know a lot of knitters and crocheters love to make dishcloths, so this information is very relevant and helpful. Thank you for the great tips!

this article has great advice for knitters starting to knit dishcloths - especially the info about wool -- fortunately I have been using up the left over cotton yarns from projects - more luck than good management

Very nice article! I highly recommend for beginners. I like to buy the one pound caron cotton from Joanne's craft store with their 40% off monthly coupon for my dishclothes. Anything to save a little money!

I found some spools of cotton chenille on eBay. It comes in a wonderful array of colors and makes spa quality wash cloths for the bath. Its a little lighter in weight than the common cotton worsted and it shrinks a little so you might have to add a few repeats of the pattern. Once washed and dried the chenille is incredibly soft and reminds me of velvet. Happy crafting.

Nice. This is a very informative article. I didn't know the thing about wool yarns... you know, until I had made a dishcloth with wool. Hey, it was cute while it lasted!

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