I know a lot of you love to whip out a cotton cloth for a quick knit or a travel project. We use handknit cloths in the kitchen, and the Knight uses them in the bath as well. In the past, I’ve knitted a cloth here and there without too much trouble, but this one was a pain in the fingers.
Pattern: Circle Cloth. It’s redundant to say #1, because I’m pretty sure I’ll never knit this one again. Oh, the pattern’s fine, and I bet it will scrub nicely, but my dry, winter hands and the utility cotton didn’t get along well at all.
It is a fun pattern, and after the first repeat, you have the hang of it and don’t need to look at the pattern again. I’m trying to be “greener” about patterns, and when it’s something I can memorize or get the gist of, I don’t print the pattern. However, I set this aside often enough that I did have to open the pdf file again to figure out how to finish it off.
Yarn: Both colors are Lion Brand Cotton. I remember thinking kindly of this brand before, saying it was more pliable than the – and cream brands of utility cotton, but I just don’t know.
Needles: Brittany #7 straights. Maybe that was part of the problem, but I don’t like metal straights.
Verdict: Nice pattern, and if you don’t mind knitting with cotton, do give it a go. Me? I’ll be crocheting the rest of the cloths I need to crank out for Christmas. It’s faster and the cotton doesn’t bother me with a hook.
Ironically, I’ve been knitting on my sweater in progress again, and if you add merino to a nice cotton fiber, it’s one of the sweetest things in the world to knit with. Go figure.
Do you have a favorite fiber?
Do you knit cloths with “better” grades of cotton yarn? If so, how do they hold up, and are they easier on the hands?
Have you used a crocheted cloth? Do they work as well as a knitted one?
(Beau dear, I don’t care how the different cottons taste, or whether crocheted cloths are chewier, but thanks for reading anyway…)