Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Wow! This is the seventh year I've participated in the Annual Dishcloth Swap on Ravelry.  I LIKE COTTON DISHCLOTHS! What? A DISHCLOTH swap? Huh? Why would I swap a shmatta (rag) with my friends? Because 100% cotton knitted and/or crocheted dish cloths are awesome. That's why!
Other than the fact that cotton dish cloths are lovely to use, they are reusable and good for the environment. If you use a soft cotton, they are excellent to use for spa cloths on your tender skin. If you use an everyday cotton yarn like Sugar & Cream and add some ribs and bumps to your pattern, these cloths make excellent scrubbers for dirty pots and pans.
They make outstanding gifts paired with fancy soap. Oh! You can make them using all kinds of PRETTY COLORS. This will cheer up the spot next to your sink, whether it's in the kitchen, laundry room or bathroom!
You knit or crochet five cloths in the SAME pattern. Of course, you can change around the colors so you don't get bored. Then, you tag your cloths and mail them with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Swap Central. After Labor Day you will receive five NEW dishcloths, all different designs!
The theme of this year’s swap is BEAUTY. Think of these dishcloths as objects you would hang on a wall and stare lovingly at, in addition to dishcloths actually being used in the kitchen or bath. Use surprising color combinations and intriguing patterns. Challenge yourself to use a new stitch pattern or a finer gauge yarn. That said, don’t feel pressured to use teensy little crochet cotton. Thicker kitchen cotton can make fancy dishcloths. 
After we receive your dishcloths, we will be spotlighting some of them in special categories:

  • Fascinating Color Combination
  • Intriguing Pattern – Knit
  • Intriguing Pattern – Crochet
  • Clever Label Design
  • Awesome award (aka Admin’s choice)
The Annual Dish Cloth Swap is on NOW! You don't have to register to join, just finish your cloths before August 24, 2018 and send them to Swap Central.  All the instructions as to size, content, mailing instructions, etc. are here.
There are tons of free patterns for knit and crochet dishcloths on Ravelry.  Join us, won't you?
Our in-house photographer documents the proceedings!

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