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Jun 14, 2012 11:28:12   #
GMADRAGON2
 
30 weight cotton is VERY thin ... mostly used for fine lace work for linens and such. I don't think it a good weight for surviving rough use, even if doubled up.

Try using the size 10 bedspread/doily cotton instead.

I have been crocheting for over 60 years ... and have only used size 20 and 30 crochet cotton for very fine work.
 
Jun 14, 2012 12:36:27   #
yorkie1 (a regular here)
 
I did use two strands of size 10 crochet thread. Still wore a blister. :-( I sure didn't enjoy knitting w/ it.
Jun 14, 2012 12:52:18   #
HoneyH
 
I have successfully used crochet thread to make dishcloths. I used 4 strands and they have held up beautifully through many washing. My husband's favorite!
Jun 14, 2012 13:06:58   #
sam07671
 
GMADRAGON2 wrote:
30 weight cotton is VERY thin ... mostly used for fine lace work for linens and such. I don't think it a good weight for surviving rough use, even if doubled up.

Try using the size 10 bedspread/doily cotton instead.

I have been crocheting for over 60 years ... and have only used size 20 and 30 crochet cotton for very fine work.


Not being a crocheter so I am a bit dense with this type of thread. I looked at the thread and the 30 did look thicker than the 10 weight. I might get more and try the 10 weight and see how that works. I enjoy playiing with it though and expirmenting with diffrent things. I haven't finished it yet so I might just ndo it and try working it difftent..
Jun 14, 2012 13:41:25   #
yorkie1 (a regular here)
 
The size 10 in the crochet thread is a larger thread than the zise 30. It's more like the bedspread thread. the 30 is a size you would use in making the really fine doilies
Jun 14, 2012 16:16:56   #
MaryE-B (a regular here)
 
Personally, I think dish cloths knit from crochet cotton on #7 needles is more sanitary than worsted. It's lighter and more open so will fry faster and be less likely to have as many bugs growing on the fabric. I love worsted as bath cloths, but won't wash dishes with them.
 
Jun 14, 2012 16:22:53   #
yorkie1 (a regular here)
 
To each his own. They are too time consuming for me, let alone the blister.
I do like the feel of the one after it was done. Haven't tried it so can't compare them with the cotton yarn.
Jun 14, 2012 19:41:25   #
GMADRAGON2
 
Much easier to crochet than knit with size 10 cotton thread (note, it is thread, not yarn) ... and easier on the hands. I have crocheted a ton of them and given to daughters ... they love them. I use up my leftovers to do them.
Jun 14, 2012 19:50:12   #
sam07671
 
GMADRAGON2 wrote:
Much easier to crochet than knit with size 10 cotton thread (note, it is thread, not yarn) ... and easier on the hands. I have crocheted a tone of them and given to daughters ... they love them. I use up my leftover to do them.


Thanks for the tip. I think I will have to get some 10 and try with that. I guess it is all about trial and error. Thats not a bad thing I think. :roll: :oops:
Jun 14, 2012 20:59:37   #
Cheryl_K
 
RoxyCatlady wrote:
Generally - they refer to two strands of the size 10 or bedspread weight cotton... Not that two strands of 30 would be a bad thing ;) just thinner...

Another thing to think about, though - the absorption rate of mercerized vs unmercerized cotton. Most of the size 30 threads are indeed mercerized, and I find mercerized doesn't work as well for wiping up wet stuff...

Just a couple thoughts...

I was wondering about the mercerizing process as well. I don't think I've ever come across crochet thread that isn't mercerized these days, although it might be out there somewhere. I wonder too if the mercerizing washes out after a while. I'm very tough on my worsted cotton dishcloths and I wash them on a long cycle in hot water. I also put them in the microwave for a minute on high to kill the bacteria if needed, and get rid of that yucky dishcloth smell! I have 3 teenage sons who help in the kitchen, so mine have to be tough at this point in my life! Maybe I'll try the pretty crochet thread ones when they've all moved out.
:) :) :)
Jun 14, 2012 21:38:21   #
Firecracker38
 
I make dishclothes out of sz 10 crochet cotton and they are delightful - not too thick, nor thin. In the past I have also used Peaches n` Cream, but found that a bit thick.
 
Jun 15, 2012 08:53:01   #
RoxyCatlady (a regular here)
 
Mercerizing won't "wash out" - it is a process that changes and aligns the cotton fibres. Part of that process is what makes mercerized cotton "shiny" while unmercerized has a more matt finish to it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercerized_cotton
Jun 15, 2012 09:52:48   #
headvase1
 
I think I am going to try that.
Jun 15, 2012 10:14:21   #
Dsynr (a regular here)
 
I've used several strands of thinner cotton held together to make washcloths. It worked out well for me. Go ahead. If you don't like it, you can always frog it and do something else with the thread.
Jun 16, 2012 03:50:49   #
peachy51
 
I make them out of the double crochet thread, but I use the #10 ... never tried it with the #30.

I like them and they are not as thick as the worsted cotton. But I like both of them and have made lots because they each have their use.
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