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sumofcitadels:
crochetcrochet
crochetcrochet
crochet crochet!
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 04:27 am
Cotton Yarn

Hey crochetcrocheters! I'm here with kind of a strange question, and I apologize in advance for it, if I should inconvenience your feed with a silly question.

I'm REALLY into cotton yarn as of late, and I decided to buy some Lily brand Sugar n' Cream yarn on a whim, since they were on sale for $1 a skein. The problem is that they are only 81 yards/skein (although I do have 2 skeins of 2 colors).

I looked up patterns for cotton with that little amount of yarn, and all I could really find were dishcloth patterns. Here's my question: What could I make with very little yarn that can only be made out of cotton that isn't a dishcloth? Alternatively, have you guys made dishcloths? How dirty do they get? I'm just really concerned about putting a lot of hard work into something, only for it to get covered in icky kitchen stuff.

Thanks in advance, everyone!


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ionracas
ionracas
ionracas
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)

You could use them for facecloths instead of dishcloths if you prefer. There are lots of little projects for tissue cases, phone/ipod cozies, etc. on Ravelry. Also, striping a few colours of yarn could allow you to make a larger project.


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goodjoan
goodjoan
Joan
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)

I have made a few grocery/beach bags out of cotton and I've seen a few cute floppy sunhat patterns that would take less than a skein. I made a little scarf for my daughter out of cotton as well.

As for dishcloths, I've made a few little things for washing dishes and they've ended up in the trash. They get wet and clean fine, but then never get clean again and they never dry by themselves so unless you toss them in the washing machine after every use, and I tended to wash up more often then I did laundry, they get kinda gross and stinky.


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sumofcitadels
sumofcitadels
Pamela Lynne
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)

Gracery bags might be a good idea!

And I'm SO terrible with laundry, they would never get cleaned :P Thanks for the advice!


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juleakab
juleakab
juleakab
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)

Not a dishcloth, but I use cotton to make towel toppers to hang hand towels from the oven door handle. I didn't write the pattern down, but basically, you fold the towel in half, then in thirds, then you blanket stitch along the folded edge. The you sc for a bit, starting with your blanket stitch, then reduce for a few rows, then do a row of dc with two 3c in the middle to serve as a button hole. sc all the way around the edge of the crochet part, then sew a button on near the bottom. I'm sure you can find other patterns online, I just liked the one I had, so I copied it and made up my own pattern.

You can also use cotton to make cup sleeves. The pattern is really simple: Save a paper cup from Starbucks sometime. Chain a long enough chain to go around the middle of the cup. *Do 2 rounds of SC. Then do 5 more SC, then increase.* (This moves the increase around the cup, so that it doesn't get all lopsided on one side.) Repeat from * to * as many times as it takes to be as wide as your hand, then do one more row of SC to finish off.


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sumofcitadels
sumofcitadels
Pamela Lynne
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)

I love cup cozies! Thanks for the pattern :)


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gailrenee
gailrenee
gailrenee
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)

Coasters are always handy and easy to make as well as those little facial scrubbers.


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lexispice
lexispice
lexispice
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)

Amigurumi!


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fallconsmate
fallconsmate
ladytwnks
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)

i got on a washcloth kick, making my own with no specific pattern. yes, they work pretty darn well as a dishcloth, and come sparkling clean in the washing machine.

i like them for face cloths too, because i like a good scrub with no soaps (i break out). they're rough enough to get the face clean but soft enough that i dont get scratched, if that makes sense.


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nimrod_9
nimrod_9
nimrod_9
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)

Hot holders/trivets maybe?


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theorygirl
theorygirl
Theory Girl
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)

If you leave off the zipper toggle, you can make this Heart Candy Bag.


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sumofcitadels
sumofcitadels
Pamela Lynne
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)

Eee! That is super cute! As of right now I only have blue and brown, but I'm definitely going to hang onto this adorable pattern :)


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andikaye
andikaye
andikaye
Wed, Feb. 8th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)

That is cute, thanks for posting it.


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molasses
molasses
jams
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)

seems to me it's in how you see it.

you wrote
putting a lot of hard work into something

i knit or crochet all my dishcloths. i love them. they're quick and kind of mindless stitching for me.

dishcloth prject

the colors fade, cotton breaks down, they don't last forever but that's ok with me. they do a great job and launder fine.


however if you're wanting something that lasts and shows off your beautiful work and stitches, do something else.


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fleckerbug
fleckerbug
Meredith
Thu, Feb. 9th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)

What do you use dishcloths for?


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molasses
molasses
jams
Thu, Feb. 9th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)

heeee
washing dishes!
and wiping up counters and such


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fleckerbug
fleckerbug
Meredith
Thu, Feb. 9th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)

Lol, just curious. I've never used one, but always wonder if they'd actually work for scrubbing dishes.


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molasses
molasses
jams
Thu, Feb. 9th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)

they do
i like the knit ones...they work better than you'd think, but someone above mentioning the knots in crochet are better.

superquick project
i like that


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fleckerbug
fleckerbug
Meredith
Thu, Feb. 9th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)

Hmm, maybe I'll make myself some once I have in-house laundry (don't want dirty wet rags laying around til laundry day!).


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gnomenapper
gnomenapper
Quirky Chaos
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)

I like cotton handmade dishcloths- especially crochet because it had bumps and ridges that makes for good cleaning.

You could also make random granny squares and sew them together for a little baby blanket perhaps?


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luna_stella
luna_stella
Paige
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)

I've made a lot of water bottle slings out of cotton. If it's for a small water bottle it takes one skein, a large one takes a bit more. Other have mentioned pot holders, hand towels, and bags. I make bags with a really a large hook and use them for produce at the grocery store - they look cute hung up in the kitchen, too.


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oakmouse
oakmouse
oakmouse
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)

Soap cozies (the kind that help you use up the end of a bar of soap) are great out of cotton, and you can make two or three out of a small skein.

I make and use cotton dishcloths all the time; I rinse mine really well in hot soapy water when I'm done washing the dishes and drape it over the faucet or the edge of the sink to dry overnight. Then I change it once a week in cool weather, twice a week in summer, and wash it with my towel load. Certain things stain them (cleaning meat juice out of a cast iron pan or roasting pan) but mostly they come really clean with no problem.

Kids' hats and toys are good one-skein projects for small cotton skeins.

Hot pads, coasters, Christmas or Hanukkah ornaments (I saw somewhere a really cute pattern for a knitted/crocheted dreidel, and there are always amigurumi tree balls), amigurumi animals, table favors for parties, pet toys, baby bibs, scrubby mitts (for the household chores), back scrubbers, decorative mats to put under plant pots...

You could also make a bunch of granny squares out of the different colors and join them to make a door mat, or a summer-weight baby blanket, or a bath mat.


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frodobaggins252
frodobaggins252
A Simple Hobbit of the Shire
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)

Headbands, scrunchies, hand covers, light gloves/fingerless gloves, bracelets, necklaces/chokers, anklets with jinglebells, critters...all sorts of things


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leenah
leenah
cha-langa-langa-lang
Tue, Feb. 7th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)

i like making skinny scarves or belts, something to brighten up an outfit, or edging to put on whatever needs some color or lengthening.


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3speed
3speed
unnatural selection
Wed, Feb. 8th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)

I've fallen in love with cotton yarn for hats. Just...simple, freeform hats. They're fabulous where I live because it doesn't get terribly cold, and I can actually get 4-5 months worth of wear out of them instead of the collective month I may get with acrylic, wool, etc.


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3speed
3speed
unnatural selection
Wed, Feb. 8th, 2012 08:48 am (UTC)

BTW that's the same brand I've been using. I get *almost* two hats per skein.


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andikaye
andikaye
andikaye
Wed, Feb. 8th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)

My knitting friend used the Knifty Knitter loom and S&C to made soap sacks.


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aircrash
aircrash
nature abhors a paradox.
Wed, Feb. 8th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)

hmm, my first comment got screened due to the links. i guess if you want the patterns, just pm me?

i've been really into making fingerless gloves lately, and i had requests for cotton especially, so i've been using that lily brand cotton yarn as well. i'm able to get a pair out of each ball, plus a little extra, usually. button-cuff bracelets take just a little yarn, too, and they're nice to make in cotton.

i also made my brother a nice long scarf out of cotton yarn, and it took about two of those little balls.


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fleckerbug
fleckerbug
Meredith
Thu, Feb. 9th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)

I like doubling cotton yarn and following more detailed dish cloth patterns to make potholders and trivets.


I also use it for baby hats and booties, as well as bibs.

Edited at 2012-02-09 03:15 am (UTC)


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jay_philly
jay_philly
jay_philly
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)

go to their website, and i think you have to sign up, but they have a lot more on there than dishcloths. they even have lil books that have pillows, rugs, and other things....check it out!! i love that yarn.


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