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-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!



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 discover…

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.






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.


The Ideal Dish Cloth: Free Crochet 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 siz…