Making Things: Crocheted Dish Cloths


For a long time, I resisted crocheting dish cloths. All that effort, just for something to clean dishes with? Something that could be ruined by grease and staining foods? It seemed wrong somehow.

Lately, though, I have been thinking so much about making things rather than buying them that I am much more into the idea. Plus, if we have to wash dishes anyway, why not do it with something pretty? It is also much more comfortable on a hot summer day to make a small dish cloth than to work on a large blanket.

So, I have two new dishcloths to add to my collection:


I got the patterns from (where else?) Pinterest: Cloth 1 and Cloth 2 They are so quick, I will probably be adding more, especially since I bought a bunch of cotton thread when the Ben Franklin in my town went out of business. I am thinking these might make nice spa cloths for my Christmas pampering baskets, too.

What are your thoughts on making this sort of practical item–the kind that gets dirty? Is it a great way to be less of a consumer and more self-sufficient? Or, do you prefer to make pretty things that won’t see such hard use?


5 responses »

    • I see on your blog you share my predilection for giving handmade gifts–which limits what we can make for ourselves, right? I am spending so much time making things for others, it is hard to fit in something for myself. At least dish cloths are fast…

  1. Hi Susan!
    I wanted to say thanks for following my blog, & come see what you have on yours. Then I saw this post, which make me chuckle, as I just started knitting a dish cloth! I had the same thoughts as you…will I want to get my pretty yellow dish cloth dirty?!
    Yes, I love knitting, as much as all that inky painty stuff.
    Anyway, your cloths look lovely, & I’m sure others will appreciate them too.
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison x

    • I am glad to know I am not the only one who has these thoughts, :). I also love the inky painty stuff, but I haven’t had much time to do that with my crochet obsession and everything else with kids and work and such. I am looking forward to being inspired by your blog!

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