Hestia dishcloth by Susy Knotsosquare

Hestia dishcloth

December 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
5.0 mm (H)
71 - 77 yards (65 - 70 m)
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I needed a sustainable alternative for sponges in my kitchen. Did you know that the scrubby part of most kitchen sponges is made of nylon or polyester, which are not biodegradable? They have a massive carbon footprint, and will sit in your landfill for centuries.
Sometimes I put the sponges in the washing machine but most of the time we threw them away which felt like a waste.
Even using paper towels to clean your kitchen isn’t eco friendly. They are not reusable, can’t be recycled and millions of paper towels end up in landfills each year.

So I was on a mission!
In one of my crochet bibles I found a stitch pattern that I thought would be perfect.. (Maybe a crochet pattern using this stitch already exists! It’s just so perfect.)
This pattern has the look of a bobble stitch and thus a lot of texture but all this without the effort. It’s just a question of alternating single crochet and treble crochet stitches. This makes this pattern also suitable for a beginner. Easy does it!

I always use 100% cotton yarn for my cloths because it absorbs fluids but doesn’t hold the water too much as wool does and it doesn’t stretch out so much in water.
And cotton is biodegradable!

PS In Ancient Greek religion, Hestia is the virgin goddess of the hearth, the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home, and the state.