For Hands That Do Dishes

I’ve seen so many posts recently about cotton dishcloths that I thought it was about time I made some myself!

There are dozens of patterns available, but basically you’re looking for a simple square.  I thought I’d try 2 crocheted and 2 knitted dishcloths and the plan is to see which is the most efficient.

As far as the crocheted cloths went, I made the first one using the corner to corner pattern and the second was rows of half treble stitches with some different coloured stripes thrown in for added interest!  Just use the hook size recommended for your yarn, and make the cloths as big or small as you like.

Once the squares were finished I put a border around them both to finish them off.  On the half treble square I went all the way around the edges working a double crochet in each stitch (3 in each of the corner stitches).  This is easy on the top and bottom of the square where you have individual stitches to work into, but the right and left sides are slightly trickier because here you’re working into the end of the rows.  Basically you’re just looking to space your stitches out evenly so don’t worry too much about being really precise.

With the corner to corner square I worked a 2 round border.  For the first round, I joined my yarn in one of the chain spaces produced in between each of the treble clusters.  I then worked 2 chain stitches followed by a slip stitch into the next chain space and continued this all the way around the square.  For the second round I worked one double crochet, one half treble and one double crochet into each of the chain links formed on the first round.

 

For the knitted dishcloths I followed free patterns I found on-line.  You can find them here and here.  They were both really enjoyable to knit and worked up nice and quickly.

 

Now all that remains is to give them all a try and see which one works best!