Knot another washcloth!

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

Knit and Crochet, projects | April 14, 2015 | By

A hand knit washcloth pattern featuring the  Chinese Wave Pattern and Crocheted Picot Edge

I really enjoyed the quick knit of my last washcloth.  After knitting up a couple of them, I was ready for another hand knit washcloth pattern.  I like the Chinese Wave Pattern for the loft it creates.  It has a thickness to it that you just don’t get with a garter stitch.  

In addition to the texture, it is a very pretty pattern.  I see diamonds in the pattern more than waves, but that’s just me.

 Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

My daughter wants to use these in her bathroom, so I added a crochet picot edge, which really upped the charm of the washcloth.  

I can also see knitting up a bunch of these and using them as gifts, with some soap or bubble bath. They really have a ‘spa’ look and feel to them.

This hand knit washcloth pattern is really relatively easy, but you do need to pay attention to what row you need to start.  The slipped stitch makes the stitch twist, so if you have to rip out a row, it makes it more difficult to get the twist right and you’ll notice a slight difference in that row.  

After explaining the pattern, I explain how I stayed on track.

Materials Needed to make 2 12.75″ x 12.75″ washcloths:

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Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn.   It will have a medium on the label

US6 Knitting Needle (or 4.25mm)

Crochet Hook G/6
 

Knitting and Crocheting Terms used:

K  Knit

Sl1 Slip next stitch from left hand needle to right without working.  I slip knitwise.

SC Single Crochet

Ch  Chain Stitch

Hand Knit Washcloth Pattern Instructions (12.75″ x 12.75″), using the Chinese Wave Pattern with Picot Edging:

Cast on 49 stitches (or an odd number stitches)

1st row K

2nd row K1,*Sl1 K1* repeat from *to* for rest of row

3rd row K

4th row K2 *Sl1 K1*  repeat until arrive at the last 3 stitches, then Sl1, K2

5th row K

Repeat rows 2-5 for remainder of pattern until your work measures 11.25 inches, ending with a Knit row.

(How I stayed on track with this pattern: This isn’t rocket science, but had I thought about it at the beginning, I wouldn’t have one washcloth that has a bit of a wonky row right in the middle.  You’ll be starting your sl stitch row after you’ve knit a row.  Pay attention to the last 3 stitches of the knit row.  If your slip stitch is 2 stitches from the end, you’ll start with the K2 row.  If your slip stitch is 3 stitches from end, you’ll start with the K1 row.  Obviously, a row counter would help too, but I’ve just never been able to remember to change my row, so I’m back in the same position. )

Bind off, but don’t cut yarn.

 

Using crochet hook, SC into each Stitch.  It’s pretty easy to see where to pick up on your cast on and cast off row, but a little harder on the sides.  This picture shows, that on the back side of your piece, you can see the ‘valleys’ in the pattern on the sides of washcloth.   

Put your crochet hook in these valleys on the sides.  I try to catch the yarn tails from my cast on so that they’re wrapped in the SCs.  Makes it nice not to have loose tails.

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

 When you come to one of your corners, you’ll want to SC in the last stitch before you turn.  Then work 2 chains on top of that stitch and then SC back in the same stitch.  

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

 

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

 

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

 When you get back to where you started, you’ll start your picot.  

Work a SC into first stitch, then before you put crochet hook back into fabric, work 2 chain stitches (like you did on corner)Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

Then put your hook back in the 2 stitches made by the single crochet

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

 

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

You will now have 3 stitches on your hook.  Grab the yarn and pull it through the 3 stitches, leaving only one stitch on your hook.  There’s you first picot.  

So the picot pattern is like this:

Picot in 1 stitch

SC in next stitch

Repeat this pattern until the end of your work and work your tail into the pattern.

 

These knit up quickly and are perfect for your home or for gifting.  If you choose to gift some of these, like I’ll be doing, add these washcloths to a couple of other items for a perfect gift.

For your convenience, I’ve included some of the items I’m looking at to pair with my washcloths.

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Happy Knitting my friends! If you have a favorite hand knit washcloth pattern, I’d love to see it.  Pin this for your future reference.A crocheted and hand knit washcloth pattern using the Chinese Wave Knit Pattern and picot Edging. Perfect for your own home or gift giving. DIY Tutorial.

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 Lynn2

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Daniel
    May 19, 2015

    Really lovely design, I need to try it out soon, it’ll make a nice gift.

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      lynn
      May 19, 2015

      Thanks for the kind words Daniel. I’m going to be making quite a few for my daughter and her roommate as they head to college this fall.

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      Hilary
      February 25, 2017

      Thanks for the beautiful pattern! I’m new to your website. Do you have a print-friendly option?

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        lynn
        February 26, 2017

        Hi Hilary! So glad you found my blog and my patterns. Access to a printable version of my patterns is available to all my subscribers; a password is sent upon subscribing. Let me know if you have a problem accessing it and I will gladly help.

        Have a great evening.

        Hugs, Lynn

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    julia
    May 22, 2015

    : Beautiful it looks like you are slipping knit wise. I make this pattern a lot but I slip purl wise. This will give you the waves. But I love yours, especially the crochet edge. I will try that. Thank you for sharing.

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    lynn
    June 9, 2015

    Hi Shieal, thanks for noticing my washcloth and for your kind words. It is very much appreciated

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      Subhashini
      October 2, 2015

      Lovely design. Thank you for sharing. Would be making it soon.

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        lynn
        October 2, 2015

        Thanks! Hope you enjoy the pattern. If you’re on the east coast like I am, this will be a good weekend to stay inside and knit!

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          Subhashini
          October 3, 2015

          Yes, I am on east coast. Planned to travel to Vermont to see foliage.. Had to cancel and stay indoors !
          Thanks again for your pattern and photos .

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    Susan
    October 27, 2015

    very pretty! On the slipped stitches, are they slipped knitwise or purlwise and with yarn in front or back?

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      lynn
      October 27, 2015

      Hi Susan, I know I slip knitwise so I’m pretty sure the yarn is in the back. I think if you slop purlwise it’s a little looser. Enjoy!

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 11, 2016

    This is a gorgeous wash cloth! And I love how talented and multi-faceted you are!!! I knit, but I don’t crochet, I may have to attempt this with your direction! Pinning! Thanks for the details, it really is a lovely pattern!

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      lynn
      January 11, 2016

      That washcloth was one of the first things I put a crochet edge on. Just taught myself last year…there is certainly a difference, but I feel if you can do one you can do the other. Give it a try!
      Hugs

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    Shae
    January 11, 2016

    Hi Lynn I haven’t crochet in very long time , can I please more details on edge pattern . Do I picot chain 1 then sc in next stitch? Might need help with corners all. I love love love your patterns taught myself to knit this past summer! Thank you

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      lynn
      February 26, 2016

      Hi Shae, I just discovered this comment from last month. I am very hopeful that you were successful with the crochet edging. Do stop back by and let me know how it turned out!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Shae
    January 11, 2016

    Hi Lynn I haven’t crochet in very long time , can I please more details on edge pattern . Do I picot schain 1 then sc in next stitch? Might need help with corners all. I love love love your patterns taught myself to knit this past summer! Thank you

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      lynn
      January 11, 2016

      Hi Shae, yes you do a picot chain in 1, then a sc in 1, then picot in 1, then sc in 1 and so one. Does this help? If not, write back and I’ll b glad to help.

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    Shae
    January 11, 2016

    Thank you Lynn , after finishing 1 picot do I chain 1 before sc in next stitch or just sc? Any suggestions for corners? Thank you so much!

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    Shae
    January 12, 2016

    Hi Lynn, I’m practicing on swatch before I actually implement on my piece. I’m having trouble with corners , how did you stitch corners when adding the sc edge, and with the picot? I’m really having fun with this! Thank you so much for the guidance !

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      lynn
      January 12, 2016

      Hi Shae, O.K. here’s the rub. I have given all my picot edged washcloths to my daughter so I don’t have one at home to see exactly what I did on the corners. I’ve been having her send me photos of the corners, but I’m still having a hard time seeing exactly what’s going on. But…I ‘think’ , underscore ‘think’ that I just worked whatever came next when I came to a corner. However, I would find a way to work an extra sc or 2 in as well on that corner. If it’s a picot then I’d add another sc into the same stitch you worked the picot. Think I probably tried to get a picot at each corner since that looks nicer.
      Does that make sense?

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    Shae
    January 12, 2016

    Even and square on foundation sc corners.

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      lynn
      January 12, 2016

      Got it…good luck with the corners and let me know if I can help any more.

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    Shae
    January 25, 2016

    Hi Lynn, I have finished this and ready to put the border on yay! Just measured it it came out 11x 9 not sure why this happened? Also when it says ac in each stitch is that each stitch or each chain ! Thank you, it’s so pretty!

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      lynn
      January 26, 2016

      Good Morning Shae…yay! Could you add another 2″ to make it a square? Completely up to you. Are you asking about starting your edging? If so, you are doing a sc into each space between the knit stitches. Look at the third photo in the post, see that hole made between the two knit stitches? That’s where you’ll put your crochet hook in to attach the yarn for the edge. Does that make sense? If not, let me know.
      Hugs, Lynn

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    Shae
    January 26, 2016

    Good morning Lynn. I’m on the cat off row,I started in the holes and didn’t look right to me so I ripped it out and went thru chain stitches? I think I’m a tight knitter , I cast on 49 and used size 6 needles, came out 11.25 length and 9 for width. Thank you
    Shae

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      lynn
      January 26, 2016

      Hi Shae…I can’t quite picture what you’re saying…how’s it working?

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    Shae
    January 26, 2016

    I put the sc in the chain of the cast off row as you would if putting them in chain row in Crocet under the 2 feet of the chain , does that make sense?

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      lynn
      January 26, 2016

      I think that makes sense and I think that’s probably right. The image in my post is for the side, which is more challenging, i think, than the cast of row. sounds like you’re on the right path.

      Keep me posted, Lynn

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    Shae
    February 26, 2016

    Hi Lynn, turned out great. Also completed the cable lattice as well. I’m not sure why mine come out ruffly looking? Also I never get 11×11. My mom and sister loved them they were gifts for them.

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    Kim
    February 29, 2016

    Hi Lynn – I want to try this pattern but I don’t know what you all are talking about when you say you slip knit wise or purl wise. Can you explain a bit more? thanks Kim

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      lynn
      February 29, 2016

      Hi Kim, to slip knit wise means to insert your needle in the next stitch as if you were going to knit it, but don’t knit it, just slip it on to your right hand needle. To slip purl wise means to insert your needle into the next stitch as if you were going to purl it, but slip it off onto your left hand needle.
      Does this make sense?
      If not, let me know.

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        Kim
        February 29, 2016

        Thank you Lynn. Yes it does make sense but it makes me wonder – which way is best? I assume that each stitch looks different from the other. Is it just a matter of taste? Thanks, Kim

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    lynn
    February 29, 2016

    Hi Kim, I slip knitwise, which I think results in a tighter cloth. But yes, it is just a matter of personal preference. Have fun!

    Lynn

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    Camille
    March 2, 2016

    Hi Lynn. I am practicing this pattern before I start with my cotton. I’m a good knitter, not great and I usually keep the pattern in my head and count things like you do. For the life of me I cannot tell which is the slip stitch once I have knitted a row over it. I’m trying to keep from keep track of rows like you do. Can you give me an idea of how to tell which is slipped? Asking a lot I know. Thanks.

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      lynn
      March 2, 2016

      Camille…the best thing I can recommend is to use a row counter and whether the slip row is an odd or even row. I can tell you that I ripped out many rows before I became disciplined enough to do that. I don’t typically use row counters, but they are vital for this pattern.

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    Joy
    April 20, 2016

    I have never used cotton before, is one brand new tter than another. I really like the pattern and I will try it! Thanks

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      lynn
      April 22, 2016

      Hi Joy, the cotton I use is really rather inexpensive. As it is just for washcloths, I hate to spend too much money on the yarn. I just like to stick with 100% cotton.Thanks for swinging by. Hugs, Lynn

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    Shelly
    September 29, 2016

    Your wash cloth is beautiful. I can’t seem to get mine to look like that. I’m adding the edging but it looks more like a ruffle. I am using a size I hook. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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      lynn
      September 30, 2016

      Hi Shelly, I’m guessing that you didn’t pick up enough stitches when you started your crochet round. Sometimes it’s hard to see them all. Since you’ve done the hard stuff (that Chinese Wave is the hardest part!), I’d take off the crochet edge and start again. Here’s a link to a youtube video that may be helpful. It’s a bit harder to see with the Chinese Wave, but just make sure that on the sides you pick up as many rows as you have and on the top and bottom what your cast on was, give or take just a few.

      Come back and let me know if you got it.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Lisa
    April 6, 2017

    Hi thank you for the pattern…..I followed the pattern but mine didn’t come beautiful like yours 🤔 I don’t know what I did wrong.

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    Lisa King-Boyle
    April 6, 2017

    Such a beautiful washcloth.

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    Alison Bunce
    July 13, 2017

    I have crocheted for years but have never been able to knit. My best achievement was a wonky edged scarf lol but decided to have a go at this and to my amazement it turned out great! I’m now doing some for my daughter but in a range of colours in the pink and lilac colour range. I’m so pleased. Thanks so much for introducing me to another craft!

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      lynn
      July 14, 2017

      Oh Alison, you made my day!! And if you mastered that chinese wave stitch, I’d say you are doing pretty good. I think it’s one of the ones that require the most attention.

      Do pop in and check out the baby blanket pattern I just published today! I just adore it and it’s another that will require both knit and crochet…and there are videos!

      Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for popping in.

      Hugs, Lynn

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