Friday, November 22, 2013

-CROCHET- Acrylic Versus Cotton

Acrylic or Cotton? What to use!? This is a subject that is widely debated among crocheters. I would like to share with you my own perspective.

There are pros and cons to each yarn type. Cotton they say is more absorbent and many people prefer to use cotton in all their cleaning. I personally have a hard time finding a 'soft' cotton, because I would prefer to use cotton for Spa Wash Cloths. Lily Sugar 'N Cream is just too rough in texture, even after being washed. So I use it to make Pot Holders- which is a must. You shouldn't really use Acrylic yarn for pot holders because of the temperature ranges. Acrylic yarn can melt if too hot, whereas cotton will not. Lily Sugar 'N Cream has many colors to choose from, including some variegated to make for a nicely colored piece without having to change yarn!

crochet pot holders

crochet pot holders

For dish cloths, I like to use Acrylic, especially Bernat Super Saver yarn. The acrylic texture provides just enough roughness for scrubbing your dishes. I have discovered a stitch pattern that makes the soap lather up nicely and last! It also provides enough space to allow the cloth to dry without souring. I also find myself using half the soap as with using a regular kitchen sponge. 

So there you have it! Acrylic for my dish cloths and cotton for pot holders and eventually a soft cotton for spa wash cloths! Here are the patterns!

Perfect Pot Holders: Free Crochet Pattern

Perfect Pot Holders

Double-thick, perfect pot holders! Made with cotton yarn. This pattern may be somewhere else on the internet, in a different context, but here is mine for the way I make my pot holders.

Crochet Pot Holder Pattern - Missed Stitches Crochet

ch 27
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st sc, *hdc in next sc, sl st in next sc*, repeat * to * across, sc in last sc, ch 1 turn

Row 3: sc in 1st sc, *hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc*, repeat * to * across, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is square. Make two and then using a steel yarn needle and the same yarn used for making them, combine them using an overcasting stitch.

Crochet Pot Holder Pattern - Missed Stitches Crochet

The Ideal Dish Cloth: Free Crochet Pattern

crochet durable dish cloths with pattern
Welcome to another pattern from Missed Stitches! This one is a simple, easy dish cloth that you can make several of as gifts for Christmas, House-warming, even birthday! Use up your scrap balls of yarn for this project!

This crochet dish cloth works up quickly so you can get quite a few done in a day! I prefer to use a scratchy acrylic yarn such as Bernat Super Saver. It's soft, but scratchy for cleaning and absorbent too. This pattern works fine with cotton yarn and the spacing of stitches allows for thorough air-drying.

Durable Dish Cloth
Crochet Dish Cloth Pattern
H8/5mm Hook

ch 26
Row 1: sc in second stitch from hook and across

Row 2: sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc) to the end. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in 1st st (dc in empty ch of row below, sc in next sc) across to end. Ch 1, turn

Row 4: sc in 1st st (ch 1, sk dc, sc in sc) to the end. Ch 1, turn

Row 5: sc in 1st sc (dc in empty space of row below, sc in next sc) across to end. Ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 4 and 5 to the desired size. Mine finished out at 7 3/4" square!

I make mine using acrylic yarn because I like the scritchy texture!

Crochet Durable Dish Cloths Pattern