How to Use Mercerized Cotton in Making Dishcloths

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How to Use Mercerized Cotton in Making Dishcloths
Mercerised cotton has a distinctive sheen. (garn image by pe-foto from Fotolia.com)

Mercerised cotton yarn is identified by a silk-like sheen, as opposed to un-mercerised, which has a matt finish. Dishcloths are a popular use for cotton yarn. Due to their size, they don't require much yarn, allowing you to sample yarns. Their simple structure allows the knitter to test stitch patterns. As a knitting project, dishcloths can be easily transported. Hand knit dishcloths make an excellent house warming gift and get used year-round.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Mercerised cotton yarn, worsted weight
  • Knitting needles
  • Straight pins
  • Bath towel
  • Spray bottle
  • Stitch pattern dictionary (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the material for your knitting needles. Mercerised cotton can be slippery, so you may prefer wooden needles.

  2. 2

    Cast on 45 stitches using the needle size suggested on the yarn label. This will be the width of your dishcloth. If you'd like a wider dishcloth, cast on more stitches until you have the desired width. If you'd like a narrower dishcloth, pull on the working end of the yarn to unravel stitches until you have the desired width.

  3. 3

    Select a stitch pattern with knits and purls in the same rows. This will balance out the glossy texture of the yarn. Knit in your desired stitch pattern until the dishcloth is as long as you desire.

  4. 4

    Cast off, and block by spraying the item with water, and then pinning the item to the towel. Remove it when dry.

Tips and warnings

  • You don't need to swatch for a dishcloth project.
  • Cotton holds its shape beautifully, especially when blocked, so a special design or stitch pattern would be shown to great advantage on a cotton dishcloth.

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