lk2g-046 Dishcloth Face-off

In this episode of our video podcast Eric and CAT clean up with yarn aka a Dishcloth Face-off.

What’s on the set:



Book Review:

And check out their newest book Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines: Patterns, Stories, Pictures, True Confessions, Tricky Bits, Whole New Worlds, and Familiar Ones, Too

What am I wearing:

  • Top Down Sweater (my own design) knit with Katia Reno Plus yarn finished 2007

Some of my favorite sites (other than Ravelry) for Dishcloth patterns

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145 Responses to “lk2g-046 Dishcloth Face-off”

  1. 1 Sarah K

    This is the response I received from my inquiry to Lily about the manufacture location of their yarn and the source of their raw material:

    Our cotton yarns are all manufactured in Canada and the cotton is grown
    in the USA. Hope this answers your questions.

  2. 2 Dawn

    I love this episode (I commented on Ravlery too). Keep up the great work!!

  3. 3 Nancy Bekedam

    I use Peaches & Cream mainly because it’s available at our WalMart here in town. Otherwise I have to drive 1 1/2 hours into the city to find any other brand. So, I’m glad to see that my favorite is your favorite!

  4. 4 Tommy Smith

    Peaches & Cream made in my neck of the woods (NC). It’s so good to see the comparisons. I have used Peaches & Cream for wash cloths and have not been disappointed. I have not tried other cotton yarns so the show was awesome. Love seeing your husband in the show. He’s fun!!!

  5. 5 Marg in Mirror, AB

    Hello CAT and eric! This is my first visit to your site — referred here by snowbird_62869 from the Monthly Dishcloths Yahoo/Ravelry sites. Your videocast #46 was a perfect complement to our online “dish-cussion” about the cottons we like to use for these cloths. I don’t know if this yarn is particular to Canada, where I live, but I really like Bernat’s “Handicrafter Cotton Ultrasoft” for my cloths. I’ve used Lily’s “Peaches and Cream” too, but find the Bernat knits up just as nicely and produces a softer, more absorbant cloth. It comes in both solid and variegated colour-ways, which I like too. (I’m a sucker for the variegateds!)

    The ball band tells me the Bernat is a 4 ply, 100% cotton, with a gauge of 20 sts to 4 inches, using 4.5 mm needles. I usually use 4.5 or 5 mm — whichever is available. I like the metal Aero brand (made in England) straight needles that I’ve had in my stash for years. I see too, that the Bernat mailing address is in Ontario, Canada, and that the yarn is made there, so perhaps you can’t get it in the US. I’d rank it right up there with the Lion Brand and the P&C, for sure!

    I’ve bookmarked your site now, so I won’t miss future videocasts, and will be checking out your group on RAvelry. Thanks again, CAT and eric — good stuff!!

  6. 6 Rosie

    I usually use Sugar ‘n Cream for dishcloths. I also like to use Tahki Cotton Classic for shower washcloths. I love the ballband pattern from Mason Dixon Knitting. Keep up the work on the great show! :)

  7. 7 M. Wesley

    My favorite dishcloth yarn is Peaches ‘n Cream cotton. I have even found it in big cones so I can find a color that I like and I won’t have to get more cotton for a while. I actually like it more than Sugar ‘n Cream (which I also use) because I find it softer while knitting it.

    I have been experimenting with different patterns but I found a cute sheep dishcloth pattern on Ravelry that I want to try after I finish my boyfriend’s big blue socks. Love the show. I can’t wait for the next episode.

  8. 8 Lisa

    I’m new to your site and love it. I also love knitting dishcloths and using them too. They make great pot scrubbers and there are so many different patterns out there you can never get bored.

  9. 9 Sally

    Dishcloths are the perfect way to try out new techniques, or just when you need to complete something because the project you are working on is just taking too long.

    The first ones I made my kids refused to use! They said, “We can’t use those, you made them! They’re too nice.” Quite an endorsement of the humble dishcloth.

    I have used Sugar ‘n’ Cream, but will try out the Peaches’n’ Cream after this episode.

  10. 10 kerrie

    Great podcast episode! In our home, I use Peaches and Cream and SWTC Twize for washcloths. For dishcloths, I find that cotton doesn’t always do the job. Instead, I use good ‘ol acrylic for dishcloths. In addition to being slightly abrasive, they also seem to be more resistant to odor and bacteria than the cotton, IMO.

  11. 11 LaNelle

    I’ve just began to knit dish/wash cloths and I chose allhemp 6 knitting yarn for my first project. Though the yarn is a bit stiff to knit up, but it makes a very sturdy dish/wash cloth. I’ve used it as a wash cloth mainly, but I plan on also making dishcloths out of this yarn as well. The yarn makes a GREAT exfoliator for my skin!

  12. 12 Diane

    I love Peaches & Creme. I’ve visited Flo in Old Fort, NC where they make this yarn and always come away with lots of yarn. Love all the colors available and the fact that it is an american based and manufactured product.

  13. 13 Dneise Koster

    This is the first time I’ve seen your podcast. I really enjoyed it. I usually use Peaches & Creme as I can find it more readily.

  14. 14 Molly Welsh

    I enjoy your podcasts – short & to the point. i make my own dishcloths, usually using Sugar & Creme, but I think I will switch to Peaches & Creme. Thanks.

  15. 15 Angel Philipp

    Hi Cat, Love your podcast. My favorite dishcloth yarn is I Love this Cotton from Hobby Lobby,
    it is very soft. I knit dishcloths all the time, most new stitches I try I make in to a dishcloth. I knit them on a knitting loom, I can only knit on needles for about 5 minutes at a time. A couple of weeks ago I had a dish cloth that had been on my table being blocked for a couple of days and then I needed a clean cloth and moved it to by the sink. My hubby went to wash dishes and didn’t want to use it, he said it was to pretty.

  16. 16 katherine/cooan

    My favourite dishcloth yarn is Bernat Handicrafter. :) I tried some random fancy expensive organic cottons and they just fell apart… can’t remember what they were called now. :(

  17. 17 Rachel R.

    I like using the Peaches and Cream yarn for my dish clothes because it is sturdy and inexpensive and I can find it at my local craft stores.

  18. 18 Jennifer

    MD Knitting turned me on to Peaches & Cream, which I ordered by the cone for bibs and washcloths. Still have lots. My daughter has learned how to knit–maybe I’ll get her to try a dishcloth.

  19. 19 Debbie Palmer

    After watching this episode, I rushed out to buy some yarn for dishcloths. I picked out some Lily Sugar’n Cream and can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. 20 TripletMom

    Yours is my favorite podcast. I enjoyed this episode also. Lily sugar n cream is my usual go to cotton for cloths.

  21. 21 Stacy

    My fav by far has always been Peaches & Cream. I am constantly ordering from their website so that I can get ALL the colors they offer.

  22. 22 Paula

    beautiful dishclothes! I never thought of that! it’s really a great idea and brightens a dull kitchen like my own.. I’ll make one with cute bear patterns when i am taking the subway..

  23. 23 Angela Schwenn

    This was a great episode! I have only made dishcloths with lily sugar & cream. It seems great, but I’m happy to hear that peaches & cream is so great, I’ll definitely try it next time I made washcloths.

  24. 24 Maureen Lefebvre

    I love the way Lionbrand Cotton-Ease performs. It’s easier to squeeze out the water and dries faster. I wish it had the great variegated colours that the others have, though

  25. 25 Heather

    I knitted and crocheted a few wash clothes and I like the peaches and cream yarn the best. They hold up very well and have made many great gifts. I love the the face off. Keep up the great work. I get so excited when the next show comes out, that I stop whatever I am doing and watch it right then and there.

  26. 26 Michelle

    My favorite dishcloth/facecloth yarn is KnitPicks CotLin. I made faceclothes for gifts last year and it has held up wonderfully.

  27. 27 Dianne

    I use Sugar and Cream. Once accidently used a cotton wool blend – what a mess!

  28. 28 TinyT

    I like Peaches and creme…and so do my aunts who receive the dishcloths as Christmas presents.

  29. 29 Ginger

    hey Cat — this was a great episode. The cotton markety seems to have exploded over the last couple of years, and it was great that you did the comparing for us – thank you! You did however miss a very old standby, Bernat handicrafter … it is one of the worst cottons out there, I hate to say, it starts out okay but soon will loose its color and composure – I have had some last as few as 5 washes before it was too thin to use as a washcloth and it got bumped down to a Boo-Boo Bunny. To me the “standard” 7-inch cloth is too large – I like to use my gauge swatches … 4×4 with a border around it is a great size for my family.

  30. 30 Wanda in Ar

    I used Sugar and Cream. It is what Walmart has so that is the main reason. I normally knit 1 dishcloth a week and then give them a way for Christmas presents.

  31. 31 Sarah

    Hi! My name is Sarah and I used to discriminate against knitting dish cloths. There I said it! I used to look at dish cloths and watch people make them and thought the projects were rather boring. I didn’t think anyone could make me excited at all. Then I saw this episode. Cat: I’ve seen them all and I have to say this one is my favorite. You guys looked like you were having a ball! Can’t wait to get some peaches-n-creme yarn and try it out!

  32. 32 Shiloh

    Hello Cat. I just wanted to say that I loved this episode. I simply love knitting dishcloths. I find that when I need an instant gratification project, I can turn to the HUNDREDS of patterns I have for the dishcloth. I have used all types of cottons for my cloths. But by far my most fave yarn is the Peaches N Cream. I like lily sugar n cream. But Peaches takes the cake. Keep up the great work on all your doing. Now that I have watched this episode, I’m itching to start a cloth. xD Have a blessed day! ! ! ^_^

  33. 33 Carolyn

    What a fun show! I really love the Video aspect of your show. Your pleasant voice and smile are just…pleasing! I probably use Peaches and Creme the most, mainly because of price and availability. It is good to get reviews of the other yarns, so I won’t waste my time. Keep up the good work and more face-offs would be a blast!

    Carolyn aka crazy8mom

  34. 34 Gerry HARTSOE

    I like to knit dishcloths with Peaches & Cream. I like organic cottom chenile
    for face cloths.

  35. 35 Rebecca

    I loved this eposode. My husband even watched it with me and got a kick out of it! I’ve always used Lily to knit with. Never even considered using any others plus I can get it easy at most big chain stores. I think I will search out Peaches and Cream and give this a try. Thanks for the fun!

  36. 36 Toni in Florida

    So far, I’m a Lily girl. I even made a version of the log-cabin baby blanket from the Mason-Dixon knitting book out of the Sugar ‘n Cream. I’m willing to try other brands, but haven’t yet. Maybe it’s time to venture out?

  37. 37 ShariS

    I love Peaches n cream and am in love with dish cloths right now. Luckily my sister really likes the hand knit ones. I was glad to see your review of dish cloth yarns it is nice to know what the other options are out there.

  38. 38 WILMA

    I too love to knit and crochet cloths of many uses. Sugar and cream is what I usually use. Now I just got some organic cotton from KnitPick and that seems to be a new favorite.
    Oh, saw you are on the Sock Wars IV madness once again. I did it last year and so it was an east do again this year. Your clipd covering your adventure brought back all the fun–noon tomorrow!! Get ready set —knit till the neddles fall out of your hands. What a way to fall asleep!!!

  39. 39 Laura

    I enjoyed this episode. Loved the bubble fight. Most of my stash is Sugar n Cream. I like the fact that I can find it anywhere and it comes in so many different colors, something for everyone. Thanks for the “face off”, makes me want to try some other cotton yarn.

  40. 40 CAT

    Thanks everyone for your great comments!

    The winner of the yarn is:

  41. 41 Tara

    I love this episode! Thank you so much for taking the time to test out the different yarns! :)

  42. 42 Kelly

    Thanks for testing out the yarn! It was interesting. I would have been interested, however, if you had thrown all of them into the washer/drier a couple times to see how they held up that way.

  43. 43 ang

    I took time to watch your comparison of cotton dishcloths. I have crocheted/knitted with peaches n cream cotton yarn for over 30 yrs.. I won’t use anything else for items that will be used as wearable articles or cleaning items.

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    oh u got it??. well mayb it looks very nice when paired with nice things. and it does make people notice ur there!. i say cudos for buying such a nice jacket!!

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