Mercerised or non mercerised cotton

Hello everyone greetings from N. Ireland. My question is which yarn is best for washcloths mercerised cotton or non mercerised? Also could anyone please suggest a shark suitable for exfoliating washcloths? I would really appreciate any suggestions as I would like to begin my Christmas gifting. Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to answer.

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Welcome to KH!

It’s usually said that plain cotton is the most absorbent, but I’ve used mercerized successfully.

I’m not sure what you mean by “shark suitable for exfoliatinng”…?

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Sorry I meant yarn suitable forcexfoliating washcloth. After researching I think it’s the type of stitch pattern that does the exfoliating. Do you feel the mercerised cotton is as good as the 100% cotton

I’ve made washcloths in both plain and mercerised, overall I preferred working with plain cotton. I think mercerised might keep its colour better but I’m not sure, I’ve just heard the plain cotton (e.g. Lily Sugar & Cream) fades over time. But I’ve never seen any of the cloths I’ve gifted since I made them!
Plain cotton is absorbent as it is, but mercerised has to be “broken in” so to speak, before it becomes more absorbent.

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Thank you Jan and Shintoga for taking time to answer my question. I decided to buy unmercerised cotton after doing a little research.

And now I have another question. Which crochet stitch is best for an exfoliating washcloth?

Jan and Shintoga do you ever crochet your washcloths?

I only do basic crochet edging on my projects, so I’m not sure what crochet would be good for exfoliating I’m afraid! If it was knitting I’d have a better idea. I can look something up if you’d like suggestions though. I’m at work right now but I’ll be on again when I get home.

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Shintoga you are so kind and helpful. Thank you so much

No problem! I had a look, most of the patterns I saw that described the cloth as exfoliating mentioned popcorn and bobble type stitches - which I think are also quite good looking, but I think there are many other textured stitches that could work well.

Thank you so much for your help. I know bobble stitch and that will work . Happy crochet and knitting. And again thank you for your help I’m looking forward to starting when the cotton arrives


You’re welcome, I’d love to see pics when you’re done!

I haven’t crocheted washcloths, but crochet tends to be not be a fine a stitch so it may work? Garter is also a bit bumpy.

A long time ago I made kitchen scrubbies with mesh carried with yarn. I’m not sure if that would be too rough for skin though. It’s been so long I can’t remember. Here’s a link to my original project and notes. If you click the link in the notes it’ll take you to the pattern and you can see what the mesh looked like before I cut it in half.

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Yes I will Shintoga keep safe you and yours

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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.

Thank you Jan for your advice I appreciate you replying. I think I will follow your lead and use crochet as it is quicker also

Regards Lorna

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Thank you for taking the time to reply l shall look this up