A Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern with Crocheted Picot Edge…perfect for gifting or for your own ‘home spa.’ The Chinese Wave Stitch creates a nice texture and a beautiful knit washcloth.
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 Stitch Pattern for the loft it creates. It has a thickness to it that you just don’t get with many knit stitches.
In addition to the texture, it is a very pretty pattern. It’s called the Chinese Wave Stitch, but I see diamonds in the pattern more than waves, but that’s just me.
My daughter wants to use these in her bathroom, so I added a crochet picot edge, which really upped the charm of the knit 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 Chinese Wave 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 detailing the Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern, I explain how I stayed on track.
Materials Needed for the Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern
Will make 2 12.75″ x 12.75″ knit & crochet washcloths:
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- Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn
- Size 6 knitting needles, or to fit your gauge
- 3.75 MM Crochet Hook
Knit and Crochet Terms used:
Sl1 Slip next stitch from left-hand needle to right without working. I slip knitwise.
SC Single Crochet
Ch Chain Stitch
Knit Washcloth Pattern Instructions (12.75″ x 12.75″), using the Chinese Wave Stitch Pattern with Crochet Picot Edging:
If you want to resize your washcloth, I have explained that process on this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth or Towel.
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 the remainder of the pattern until your work measures 11.25 inches, ending with a Knit row.
How I stayed on track with the Chinese Wave Stitch:
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 the 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.
Add the Crocheted Picot Edge to Your Chinese Wave Knit 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. It makes it nice not to have loose tails.
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.
When you get back to where you started, you’ll start your picot.
Work an SC into the first stitch, then before you put crochet hook back into the fabric, work 2 chain stitches (like you did on the corner)
Then put your hook back in the 2 stitches made by the single crochet
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 your 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 Chinese Wave Knit washcloths hold up really well. I have had several for years, with regular washing. I do like to stick with white cotton so that they can have a dash of bleach if needed.
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.
Pairing your washcloth with any of these ‘pink’ products would make such a fun and girly gift.
Or for a more subdued, spa-like gift:
Some common questions about knitting dishcloths:
What kind of yarn is best for dishcloths?
Stick to cotton or cotton blends for your dishcloths. If you go the blend route, make sure it is primarily cotton (70/30 or 80/20) as the cotton is what makes the yarn absorbent.
Mercerized or Unmercerized Cotton?
For the most absorbent dishcloth, you want an unmercerized cotton as the mercerization process reduces the absorbency of the fibers. Unmercerized cotton is nubbier and has a more ‘natural’ look to it.
However, mercerized cotton dishcloths will have a nicer sheen, come in a wider range of rich colors, will most likely last longer and won’t get as ‘soaking wet’ as a result of the mercerization process. So, it’s a ‘personal choice’…not sure that there is a right or wrong.
How Big Should a Dishcloth Be?
It seems the standard dishcloth, washcloth or facecloth size is about 10 inches by 10 inches (25 cm by 25 cm). That being said, make the size you want!
Dishcloth Yarn Recommendations:
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- Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton
- Spinrite Peaches & Creme Cotton
- Lily Sugar ‘n Cream
- Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
- Dishie Yarn
- CotLin DK Yarn
Happy Knitting my friends! If you have a favorite hand-knit washcloth pattern, I’d love to see it.
Pin this Chinese Waves Dishcloth Knitting Pattern for your future reference.
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