Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn was one of my first favorite yarns. I remember I crocheted a ton of dishcloths with it when I first got serious about crocheting. I also knit quite a few using this yarn, and to be honest, knit dishcloths worked a lot better in this yarn than crocheted ones do. I found that they were a lot softer and easier to work with. Nevertheless, dishcloths made in this yarn also work very well.
This worsted cotton yarn is not only suitable for dishcloths, but for a variety of other crochet patterns as well. It is a natural and super absorbent yarn, which makes it ideal for the kitchen, bath and for other items around the home. The softness of the yarn also makes it perfect for baby items.
The yarn is quite popular and is available at most yarn stores. It is available in large balls as well as in smaller balls that have just enough yarn for an average-sized dishcloth. As for colors, it comes in many solids and ombres suitable for spring, summer, fall and the holiday seasons. There are also many variations of this yarn including Stripes, Twists, Holidays and more.
The only downfall is that cotton does not have much stretch to it, and therefore, is not recommended for clothing items where stretch is required. It also fuzzes if not washed properly and does not drape well, which takes away from the yarn. But for cleaning items it doesn’t matter so much.
The yarn is not only economical, but it is also durable and easy to care for. It is best when washed on the delicate cycle and dried at low temperatures in order for it to retain its natural beauty. It fuzzes a lot if not washed on the delicate cycle, and shrinks a lot if dried at high temperatures. (Yes, I learned this the hard way!)
Although I’m starting to lean towards a size 3 crochet thread for dishcloths, Bernat Handicrafter has for many years been my favorite yarn for dish/washcloths and hotpads. It is great for absorbing spills and also acts as a natural and gentle scrubber. A size 3 crochet thread has the same qualities, but it is not quite as bulky as Bernat Handicrafter.
I also love the Handicrafter yarns for making bath scrubbies, soap savers and mop covers.
You can get many patterns for this yarn online at the Bernat.com website. In order to access the patterns you will need to register (for free) at their site. The balls of yarn usually come with a pattern printed on the back of the label as well. You can purchase your here at my Amazon Store.
Because I love the yarn so much, I have used it to design a few patterns of my own. You can find the links to the free patterns below. Hope you enjoy the yarn as much as I do.