So, you love crocheted dish-rags. Sure, who doesn’t? Indeed I can’t even begin to count the number of days where I’ve passed out on a huge pile of dish cloths after a drunken crochet binge/Firefly marathon.

You need to be careful though, wash cloths are gateway patterns. Maybe you start with one or two in a leisurely day, but now that you’ve got several hundred dish cloths you have to face the unfortunate truth: dish cloths just aren’t strong enough anymore. It used to be that you could crochet maybe two or three and get your fix, but now you’re doing a dozen in a single night and it’s just not satisfying you anymore. You need something stronger. You need to crochet a spiral tawashi.

Ah yes; that’s the stuff right there.

Some notes on tawashi making:

•Don’t use acrylic. Use cotton. Cotton is not that much more expensive and will serve far better as a washing/scrubbing fiber than acrylic. Alternately, hemp, bamboo, and linen yarns would also make good wash cloths/tawashi. Price and mileage will vary. In general, avoid animal and synthetic fibers and favor plant-based yarns.

•Take note that they’re made crocheting in the back loop only. I missed that nuance when I made my first one and it didn’t come out quite right.

•You can make them as big as you want. In general, they need to be about the same number of stitches wide as they are long.

•For some extra scrubbing power, you can crochet one with a little sisal cord paired with the cotton yarn. It probably won’t last as long as a normal cotton-only tawashi, but the sisal will give you some more umph when attacking those especially dirty dishes.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?