Monday, December 28, 2009

Easy washcloth knitting patterns

I'm on a big washcloth kick right now-- they can be finished in one or two evenings and are simple enough to knit while watching a movie. My goal is to have a supply on hand for birthdays and special occasions throughout the year. They make nice gifts when you fold one or two in to a small basket and include a bar of scented soap.

Supplies:

-Fantasy Naturale 100% Cotton Mercerized (you can knit both patterns with one skein of yarn)

-Size US 8/5 mm straight needles




To knit the ridged washcloth shown above:

Cast on 34 stitches.

Begin the pattern:


Knit 5 rows in garter stitch.

Knit 4 rows in stockinette, beginning with a knit row.

Repeat the pattern until the cloth is 7 inches long or desired length, ending with the four rows of stockinette. Knit two more rows and bind off.



To knit the feather and fan wash cloth shown above:

(This cloth also makes a great dishcloth by making it a couple inches longer than the pattern calls for.)


Cast on 40 stitches.
Knit two rows in garter stitch.

Begin the feather and fan pattern:

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: K2, P36, K2

R
ow 3: K2, * K2TOG twice; YO, K1 four times; K2TOG twice.* Repeat from *, knitting the last two stitches.

Row 4: Knit.

Repeat the four pattern rows until the cloth is 7 inches long or desired length, ending with row 4. Knit two more rows and bind off.

16 comments:

Theresa said...

You lost me at knit:) I don't know how to do this but I have never tried. My niece gave me a red one for Christmas and I love it. She is really good at it. Love your pretty washcloths, you are so talented. Perhaps someday you can teach me how to do this:) Have a restful evening! Hugs from Georgia!

Rachel said...

They're very pretty, Stacy. How can you possibly use them for practical purposes when they're that cute?

Thanks for sharing the patterns.

Linda said...

I love the look of this pattern Stacy! Thanks so much for sharing:)

Gerry said...

Stacy, these washclothes are the best gift EVER !
My firend gives me one just about every Christmas - if I didn't get one i'd be very disappointed.
This year she went wild with color. Guess I'd better get and pic and post it for all to see.
Don't ya know I'll be coping your patterns. 'cause, don't cha know I do a bit of knitting myself. Other than 2-at-time sox.

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Gerry said...

I had googled knitted dishcloth and here I am.
Am going to teach a friend to knit and want something simple and so satisfying.
I like the middle pattern for her first
= I think she'll be happy with this project.
Thanks

Gerry said...

I'm going to use the middle pattern to teach a friend to knit.
This pattern should be very satisfying for her first project.
Thanks

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WonderWhyGal said...

Great ideas! I've been making the boring go-to dishcloths. Can't wait to try these patterns.

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Laura said...

I just tried knitting the fan and feather washcloth and the way the patern reads one decreases more and more every row, so your left with a triangle instead of a square!
Did I read it wrong?

goldenbird said...

Hi Laura, you shouldn't end up with a triangle but that actually sounds like an interesting pattern. On the decrease row repeats, you are:

-Knitting two together a total of four times, which decreases your stitches by four.

-Doing a yarn over and then a knit one four times, increases the stitches back to the original number.

Sorry if you found the pattern hard to read. If you have a suggestion for making that clearer, please let me know.

Laura said...

Oh, I see now! Yes, (YO, K1) 4 times could be a way to group them.
I read it as YO, then K4 :P
Thanks for the clarification!

Anonymous said...

These are GREAT patterns. I am making several, then sewing them together to make a unique poncho!
Such pretty patterns, and so easy to do with super large needles. (19's).
Glad I checked these out, and learned to knit out of the box!
Who would have thought I could make a poncho out of dish cloths?

goldenbird said...

Wow, I would love to see photos of a poncho made with these patterns. What a great idea.

Kristy Poindexter said...

I just did the same as Laura and was left questioning the pattern. I believe you should re write like it was suggest (YO, K1) 4 times