How knit letters on a dish cloth

Hi all. I’m on my 5th attempt and it is not looking good. I’d like to knit some dishcloths for my mom that say “Yes But”. I thought it would be easy enough, I tried the same idea as w some pattern dishcloth where a purl stitch on the knit side makes the pattern. I would then knit the purled stitches on the purl side. You couldnt really make out the letters. Then I tried purl stitches again on the knit side and just purled the purl row. Rather sad looking letters. Any suggestions? I havent done much color work as yet so would prefer to use stitches to make the letters. Unless that’s not a good idea! Thanks much

I’ve done cloths in colour work which I think came out well (unfortunately no photos on my iPad, or I’d have shown you). Doing them with reverse stocking stitch does work, but they will often be hard to make out. I saw a video once where someone was pressing down around the edges of their textured knitting, in the blocking stage, to make those parts stand out more - maybe that might help?

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How about doing duplicate stitch?

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Intarsia and duplicate stitch are two ways to add a letter (or whatever) into the center of a project. There are lots of videos on YouTube. Here’s a few.

Thanks for the info. I think I might get brave and try color work. I’ve got until Christmas!

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Just watched the intarsia video. That looks like something I can do! Thanks very much for that idea

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