There are lots of patterns for this type of cloth but after testing a few I decided they come out too small. I’m lazy so when I wash my face I want to soak the cloth, hold it in both hands have a quick scrub and done!
I’ve edged it in crochet in other versions I’ve made, but this is just cast off at the end with no frills.
Here’s my take on the basic pattern with the initial stitch count increased:
Grandmother’s washcloth/dishcloth pattern
Yarn over: easy as easy can be although it sounds tricky. All you do is bring the yarn to the front as if you’re going to purl the next stitch – but don’t – knit the next stitch. You’ll see you have an extra loop over the needle, you will knit it on the next row.
Cast on 6 stitches
R1: knit 6
R2: knit 2, yarn over (yo) knit the rest of the row
Repeat R2 until 66 stitches on the needle
R3: knit 1, knit 2 tog, yo, knit 2 tog, knit to the end of the row
Repeat R3 until 6 stitches on the needle
Cast off or first double crochet (USA single) around the edge, you can make a chain loop in one corner if you want to hang it up.
It’s squarish at 25x26cm but it’s probably pointless blocking a washcloth.
I knit the cloth with 4mm needles. The yarn I used is lovely, being soft and not at all splitty, it’s the inexpensive King Cole Bamboo Cotton, shade 693. It can be washed at 30 deg, don’t tumble dry.
You can thread a pretty ribbon through all the holes, place a small bar of scented soap in the middle of the cloth, draw up and tie the ribbon in a bow. This could be a sweet little gift (I think I’d like chocolate in mine!)
I did play around with this pattern and carried on R2 until I had a triangular scarf (see it in progress here) but ended up unravelling it to 66 stitches as I knew it was probably something I wouldn’t wear. If you think you would this is a dead simple way to knit a triangular scarf.
I’m slowly crocheting a few rows of the hot pink scarf each day, and have just started to crochet a cabled yoke cardigan for a friend’s baby. What are you making at the moment?
Thank you for all your good wishes on my Inside Crochet adventure :-) Happy weekend everyone!
I think it could be quite addictive making lots of washcloths-I think they’re just too lovely to use…but then that’s the purpose they were made for right…oops I’ve just talked myself into it. ..I’m off to get more cotton/bamboo!
Love this pattern!
Such an easy pattern and a nice edge!
I like these larger ones — I agree about the originals being too small! Mine ended up as potholders in the kitchen.
I need you to email me your address so that I can send you a Christmas card – then we can be like real people!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe too many exclamation marks? Love Kate (from greedy for colour). xxx.
Never too many exclamation marks!!!! Xx
Love your cloth and the colours are perfect x