Last week, I decided that I wanted to knit dish cloths and it had to be organic cotton yarn. I quickly found out that these would be some pricey dishcloths! However, I plowed on because these just had to be perfect. (I’m also scarred by my first knitting experience with a stiff and scratchy cotton yarn.)
There’s a lot of great organic cotton yarn out there and I narrowed it down to:
Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton Worsted: A wide spectrum of colors.
Pakucho Organic Cotton Worsted: 6 shades.
What sold me on the Pakucho Organic Cotton Worsted was the fact that the gorgeous shades of cream, brown, forest green and chocolate are naturally occurring colors (i.e: no dyes) and that these support fair trade in Peru.
Pakucho Organic Cotton Worsted in chocolate, brown, and natural
From left to right: Chocolate, brown, and natural colored cotton.
I admit, while I AM fueled by my excitement over this yarn, I’m also hampered by my somewhat slow knitting. (P.S: It takes me about 5 – 6 hours to knit ONE 9 inch by 9 inch dish cloth in garter stitch)
I have three washcloths so far. They are all knit in the Pakucho worsted weight yarn with a US size 7 needle.
3 knit dish cloths in organic cotton yarn
1) The top most dishcloth is knit in 2 shades in garter stitch throughout. I cast on 40 stitches and knit 4 rows in natural before switching to the brown yarn and knitting till I reached approximately 9 inches in length. The last 4 rows were also knit in natural.
2) The dish cloth in the middle has 4 rows of a garter stitch border and then I switched to a moss/seed stitch. A moss or seed stitch creates alternating bumps and I thought the nubby surface would be great for actual dish washing.
3) The bottom most dish cloth was knit in garter stitch throughout with alternating stripes of chocolate and brown. I didn’t really have a plan for this one so the stripes come randomly.
Garter stitch: Knit all rows!
Moss/Seed stitch: Cast on an odd number of stitches. To get approximately 9 inches in width, I cast on 39 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1, repeat to end. (You will end with a knit stitch)
Row 2: Knit 1, Purl 1, repeat
Repeat Row 1 and 2 to the end.
Note: These 3 dish cloths have yet to satisfy my dish cloth mania.
Each dishcloth (9″ by 9″) uses approximately 1 skein/88 yards of worsted weight yarn. I’m halfway through my Pakucho stash at this point, and I think I’ll try the Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton next.
By the way, I thought the Pakucho yarn was much easier to knit with than regular ole’ scratchy cotton yarn. While it isn’t as elastic as wool yarn, it’s neither splitty nor stiff. I thought the natural grown colors were very charming (I am color shy after all!). The natural colored yarn and the brown seemed to have a finer texture than the darkest chocolate colored yarn. I used that yarn to knit the nubby moss stitch so it’ll probably be used as a dishcloth. The other two? Washcloths?
I’ll report back on the Blue Sky Alpaca experience.
For a comprehensive review on Pakucho yarn, check out this article from Knitters Review.