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Apr 27, 2013 07:23:37   #
gransh
 
I have a lot and I mean a lot of worsted yarn. Have any of you wonderful knitters used this for dishclothes? I normally use Sugar n Cream but would really like to use up the worsted.

Thanks
 
Apr 27, 2013 07:35:45   #
JeanWilkins
 
gransh wrote:
I have a lot and I mean a lot of worsted yarn. Have any of you wonderful knitters used this for dishclothes? I normally use Sugar n Cream but would really like to use up the worsted.

Thanks


The acrylic yarns do not work well for dishcloths. They are not too absorbent. However, all is not lost! Most of the dishcloth patterns make nice doilies. You can, also, enlarge a pattern and make an afghan. For instance, the dishcloth pattern that you cast-on 4 stitches and increase to middle, then decrease, you cast-on 8 instead and do increase rows until it is half the size you want, then start your decreases. :thumbup:
Apr 27, 2013 07:41:06   #
jc95123
 
It depends on what the worsted wool is made out of, and what the washing instructions are. I use acrylic and cotton for dishcloths, but not bamboo, silk, or wool.

The kids prefer acrylic for actual, in-sink work. Cotton works best for drying the counters.

There are those among us that insist that you can only use cotton; my father insisted they would never replace the horse. d;^) Swatch a couple of 4x4's of garter or stockinette and try them. See what suits you.

Again, read the washing instructions.
Apr 27, 2013 07:41:37   #
nuttyknitter
 
I use the pattern above to make baby blankets all the time, if you mix two colors of you worsted and use size 11 needles it doesn't take long. I donate them to shelters, they are always so excited to get them.
Apr 27, 2013 07:42:28   #
gransh
 
You confirmed my hesitation on the worsted. I feared it might not be absorbent.

Thank you!
Apr 27, 2013 07:48:09   #
gransh
 
jc95123 wrote:
It depends on what the worsted wool is made out of, and what the washing instructions are. I use acrylic and cotton for dishcloths, but not bamboo, silk, or wool.

The kids prefer acrylic for actual, in-sink work. Cotton works best for drying the counters.

There are those among us that insist that you can only use cotton; my father insisted they would never replace the horse. d;^) Swatch a couple of 4x4's of garter or stockinette and try them. See what suits you.

Duh! Now why didn't I think of making a swatch? What I have is washable. Thank you.

Again, read the washing instructions.
It depends on what the worsted wool is made out of... (show quote)
 
Apr 27, 2013 07:51:41   #
marylin
 
Wool makes good pot holders after you felt it. I make them to set hot pans and dishes on. I have some very odd colors put together but they do work up nice.

Toss in the washer a few times to felt. The more you use them the better therm get.
I also use them under plants.
Apr 28, 2013 08:49:08   #
cheribob
 
nuttyknitter wrote:
I use the pattern above to make baby blankets all the time, if you mix two colors of you worsted and use size 11 needles it doesn't take long. I donate them to shelters, they are always so excited to get them.


Does this mean the shelters are excited to get washclothes or baby blankets?
Apr 28, 2013 09:08:14   #
gdhavens
 
You could use acrylics and dish cloth patterns to make squares to join together for a blanket/afghan.

I would not use acrylics for dish clothes because the grease from the dishes seems to coat the yarn and does not rinse/wash out. Wool could be used for hot pads, but acrylics will melt. I use only cotton for dish/wash clothes.
Apr 28, 2013 13:24:45   #
Chewuch
 
gransh wrote:
I have a lot and I mean a lot of worsted yarn. Have any of you wonderful knitters used this for dishclothes? I normally use Sugar n Cream but would really like to use up the worsted.

Thanks


I wouldn't use it. The water will bead up on it. If it DOES happen to absorb water, it's much like washing dishes or wiping counters with an old sweater. I don't like it!
Apr 28, 2013 14:28:24   #
Shania
 
Help,, I make baby blankets for new babies,, its says machine washable and dry, so its easy to care for.. but I have never blocked any,, do I need to do that . I use Baby yarn..Red Heart and etc.. thanks :roll:
 
Apr 28, 2013 14:47:51   #
Dish Cloth Diva
 
A friend of mine made pot holders out of worsted yarn and gave them to me...I have had them for 6 years and they have held up great!!
Apr 28, 2013 15:04:29   #
Chewuch
 
Dish Cloth Diva wrote:
A friend of mine made pot holders out of worsted yarn and gave them to me...I have had them for 6 years and they have held up great!!


Yes, for potholders they are great!
Apr 28, 2013 15:22:48   #
marileej
 
Caution on using acrylic for potholders if you have a gas stove. I started a flash fire when handling a pot on my stovetop.
Apr 28, 2013 16:05:13   #
Chewuch
 
marileej wrote:
Caution on using acrylic for potholders if you have a gas stove. I started a flash fire when handling a pot on my stovetop.


Been there, done that. You definitely have to be careful!
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