For those of you who are wondering why I am totally locked into making dishclothes and may think I am a knitting newbie I want you to know I can knit, crochet, sew, quilt and embroider a wide variety of other things. The reason I am so focused on dishclothes is that I am making bundles of these to include in the pile of shower prizes to be given away at my daughter's bridal shower.
Yes, that is right. My lovely, precious, sweet bundle of happy energy is getting married later this year. So, please be patient with the dishcloth phase and keep checking in with my blog and as I progress you will see more original patterns.
Shrinkage: 100% cotton dishcloths do shrink up a bit, and that is a good thing. It makes the dishcloth stitches tighten up and it makes the cloth thicker.
Cleaning the dishclothes: To keep the dishclothes from staining wash them in Dishwasher Detergent instead of laundry detergent. You can throw your dishclothes and dishtowels in the washer with a couple of scoops of dishwasher detergent and they will come out very clean.
Another Cleaning Option: If you have a dishwasher...use your dishcloth and just before you run your load of dishes, hang the dishcloth over the bar on the top rack closest to the wall of the dishwasher. It will come out beautifully clean and you will never have a nasty, sour dishcloth.
One last note. For reasons that I don't understand (I am certainly not a professional photographer) some of the photos come out somewhat dark and the white dishclothes look a little smudged and dirty. They are pristine clean so I cannot explain why they look like that. My apologies for the poor photo quality.
Let me know how you like the patterns.
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