I gave my husband a few dishcloths last year, and I just now photographed them. The Simple Garter Stitch is the one I made years ago and was unhappy with. How do you go wrong with a dishcloth? But it doesn't have a great feel, is not terribly absorbent, and doesn't wipe as well as I had hoped.
Nellie is in a different yarn, Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme, and I love it. Ethel and Hazel are in the same yarn as Simple Garter Stitch (the discontinued Mission Falls 1824 Cotton) but seem to work better.
However, they still had problems. Ethel was supposed to be a square dishcloth, but it's too wide and too short. The slipped stitches along the side were supposed to form a neat line. But if you follow the instructions, the border slipped stitch has yarn in front of it half the time.
And although I chose Hazel for the interesting stitch pattern, it turned out to be a little too interesting, bordering on obscene. A drapier, variegated yarn disguised the lumps in the book photo. But I think it's hideous!
We're set for dishcloths for a while, but the next ones I plan to try are Opal, Virginia, and Elizabeth, with maybe another lovely Nellie in there....
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