Oh yeah, that's right, 3 FO posts in a row! Booyakasha!
No one, absolutely no one, except the 4 zillion people who have knitted it before, have seen a ballband wash/dishcloth before. I'm not a dishcloth cotton yarn buyer in general, but there were some leftovers from secret project #1 that had to be knitted up. So I thought I'd try out this "ballband" thing that all the young kids/rap songs are talking about. I even went super old school and used single pointed needles.
Now I know why people knit dishcloths. They're basically big swatches that take like an hour to make. Also, if you make it in wool, you can call it a potholder. Or, if you make it in wool and accidentally put it in the dryer, you can pretend it's a coaster. Or, you can quit halfway, staple on some elastic, and say it's a headband. Or, you can quit halfway, sew the ends together, and saw it's a wristband. Anyway, the ballband washcloth, popularized by Mason-Dixon Knitting, is just a cute Pong-like iteration of a nice lil scrubby cloth. I made a washcloth to match secret project #1, and it is so nice and orderly that I can't believe anyone scrubs dirty dishes with these things. DH thinks it's too nice to scrub human bodies too, but I hope that the knitter gets some scrubbing rights!
I used Plymouth Yarn Fantasy Naturale Solid, which is the only dishcloth-y yarn at my LYS. I figure it's a bit thicker than sugar-n-cream or similar, because this cloth turned out HUGE, 10" square. I cast on the prescribed 45 stitches and knit 6 repeats, crocheted the edges, and then made a crocheted loop. Perhaps it really is too nice, and too big, and I may decide that it is actually a cat blanket for sweet cammy.