|Pattern at end of this post.|
I love all the pretty patterns for dishcloths around blogland, but I've abandoned them for handmade dishcloths much smaller than the typical larger cloths. Circa 2000, I knit some dishcloths from a pattern book for my mother, myself, and a friend. But none of us liked them! My friend was honest enough to say she preferred smaller dishcloths, and my mother just plain wouldn't use them after she first tried them. They were heavy, the yarn stretched or became loose when wet, and they were awkward to use.
So now I always make my dishcloths in a tight, close stitch, foregoing many patterns that otherwise might be intriguing, making them about 6" x 6". And for me they do work much better than the larger size. (I tend to knit and crochet loosely, though, so I use smaller needles/hooks, too.)
|CD-sized; a bit larger with a border.|
How about you? Am I the only one who doesn't care for the large-sized dishcloths and washcloths (although they definitely are pretty)?
|A well-used, faded dishcloth that's still holding up.|
And of course, one has to have some pretty music to listen to while doing dishes. (I haven't had a dishwasher since 1977, so over the years I've put a lot of my time into dishwashing by hand.) Hallmark makes some lovely easy-listening CDs.
Spring is definitely in the air here today!
May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
PS: The extremely simple pattern for the knitted dishcloths above: Cast on 22 stitches; knit for first 5 rows; then - knit 5 stitches, purl 4, knit 4, purl 4, knit 5 - across each row until cloth is close to desired length; knit 5 rows; bind off loosely. I use size US 5 (3 3/4 mm) needles and inexpensive cotton yarn.