I love using handknit dishcloths. If you've never used a handknit dishcloth, take 2 or so hours of your knitting time, a ball of inexpensive cotton yarn and knit up a dishcloth. Then use it. Wash a dish or two. Wipe down the counters. You'll see what I mean.
So, as you can imagine, I didn't hesitate to say "yes, please" when the folks at Cooperative Press recently offered to send a review copy of Deb Buckingham's new book, Dishcloth Diva. This fun little book, available in both print and digital form, has everything you need to get started knitting dishcloths. At the beginning Deb tells us about cotton - the top choice fiber for dishcloths. She goes into detail on the different types of cotton to help knitters choose the yarn that's best for them.
Cover image copyright Cooperative Press. Used with permission.
From there Deb moves into the patterns, which she groups by type - Knotty or Nice, Lines, Rib It, and Textures. Each chapter has 5 different designs that all work in a range of colors, including a few that are designed specifically for variegated yarns. Beginners as well as more experienced knitters will find something to suit them in Dishcloth Diva.
My sister and I knit a few of the dishcloths from Deb's book when I was in North Carolina last month. They make great travel projects and are simple enough that lively conversation will not make you lose your place.
The nice people at Cooperative Press have offered a free digital copy of Dishcloth Diva to one lucky knitter. Just leave a comment on this post and I will use a random number generator to select a winner. The contest ends on Thursday, December 6th at midnight EST.