These kitchen knit and crochet patterns include dishcloths, potholders, and trivets.
I used to be a sweater-only knitter, but I realized that people outgrow sweaters and my feelings would get hurt when the sweater I worked on forever was staying in the drawer. So, I switched to utilitarian knit projects like blankets, washcloths, dishcloths, trivets, potholders, and the like.
Not only are they a quicker knit, but the dishcloth, trivets, and potholders are typically made with much more economical, workhorse yarns.
What is the Best Yarn for Kitchen Knit and Crochet Patterns?
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Dishcloths and Washcloths
Stick to cotton or cotton blends for your dishcloths and washcloths. If you go the blended route, make sure it is primarily cotton (70/30 or 80/20) as the cotton is what makes the yarn absorbent.
While there are many cotton yarn choices, my go-to yarn, Lily’s Sugar N Cream, Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn, is a good choice for knitting dishcloths, washcloths, trivets and potholders. The dishcloths knit with this yarn have held up well after years (truly, YEARS!) of washing dishes and wiping counters. And, not for nothing, it is also a very economical yarn choice.
Trivets and Potholders
As trivets and potholders are used to protect surfaces and hands from hot pots and pans, the most important factor in choosing a yarn for a trivet is heat resistance. The yarn should not melt or burn easily, and it should be thick enough to provide a barrier between the hot object and the surface. Cotton and wool are the most common choices.
- Cotton: This is probably the most common choice for knitting trivets and potholders. It is widely available, inexpensive, comes in many colors, is easily washable, and can handle high temperatures. However, it may not provide as much insulation as other fibers.
- Wool: Wool is a natural insulator, so it can protect surfaces very well. It also does not melt, although it can burn if exposed to a direct flame. Note that wool requires special care when washing, and it may felt over time, especially if exposed to heat and moisture.
- A Superwash Merino would be the best bet for a wool yarn.
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