Cotton yarn shrinkage problem

by Terry Duncan
(Winston Salem, NC)

I have been trying to create a workable cotton dishcloth on a loom but keep running into the same problem.


1st project - used a round loom to make a dishcloth with a nice border. Finished project was about 10" x 10" and looked awesome. After the first wash and dry, it came out 12" long and 6" wide. Used alternating knit and purl on top and bottom border with purled edges and ewrap middle.

2nd project - used a long loom and made one 8" by 8". After wash and dry, it came out 12" long and 5" wide. Used alternating knit and purl rows only.

I am at my wit's end to know what to do in order to keep it square after drying. Any ideas?

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