After 50 years of knitting/crocheting with cotton yarn, and having run across 50%-50% cotton/acrylic and making a kabunch of washcloths and matching hanging, hand towels, I stopped using 100% cotton.
This cotton/acrylic blend comes in a variety of brands and can be found anywhere, actually. Cotton doesn’t work easily IMHO but the blend is nice and stretchy + absorbent and the BO is easier, again IMHO.
And, a little elbow grease applied to either cloth material will '‘ex’ anything…as well as easily.
Buy yourself a ball of the blend and make something, you’ll see.
When crocheting, I use any short stitch…no taller than a HDC (half double crochet).
Look up the butterfly stitch…learn it…when making those simple knit cloths, pop in a couple of these front and back, eh? Here: Check this link:
This stitch is made over nine rows and five stitches. I widened mine, though to seven stitches.
Have fun and be safe.