A pattern for and videos illustrating knitting the Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth
Ooooh, the knit-geek in me is flat-out swooning over my new favorite stitch pattern, so much so that I immediately used the stitch to knit this diagonal basket weave washcloth and I am all ready to knit a blanket out of the same stitch…like now!
Isn’t it lovely…the pattern really mimics a woven cloth.
The diagonal basketweave stitch’s mechanics is like weaving as you skip stitches and work the front and back of stitches.
And while it looks complicated, it really is an easy stitch to master and actually quite fun to work. I’ve prepared some videos that may help visual learners make their own diagonal basket weave washcloth.
What you need to make 2 Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloths:
Finished measurement of 10.5 inches by 10.5 inches
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- I skein worsted weight, 100% cotton. 200 yards made 2 washcloths. I used Lily Sugar’n Cream
(I have listed other great yarns for knitting dishcloths and washcloths towards the end of this post)
- Size 6 knitting needles or to fit your gauge
- 3.75 MM Crochet Hook
- Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stocking Stitch
- Stitches to Know:
- K: Knit
- P: Purl
- K tbl: Knit through the back loop
- Sk: skip next stitch
- SC: crochet single stitch
- CH: crochet chain stitch
Instructions to Knit Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth:
If you want to resize your washcloth, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth, or Towel.
- Cast on 61 stitches (or a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1)
N&N Hint: Try to keep your tension a little loose while working this stitch because your material will get a little tight.
- For the 1st row and every subsequent knit row; K1, with yarn in the back, skip next stitch (but leave the stitch on the left-hand needle) and K tbl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle.
- Then bring your right-hand needle upfront and knit the stitch that you initially skipped. Repeat this pattern until the last two stitches and K2. This video should help show you what to do on the knit row.
- Then, for the 2nd row and every subsequent purl row; K1, Skip next stitch (but leave on the left-hand needle) and purl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then purl the stitch you initially skipped. Repeat this pattern until the last two stitches remain and K2. This video should help show you what to do on the purl row.
- Work until desired length (I worked mine until it measured 9.5″).
- You can’t just cast off as you normally would because the tension on your cast-off row will be much looser than that of the rest of the work.
- As a result, on your cast-off row, work a row in either knit or purl diagonal basketweave stitch. You’ll have 3 stitches on your right-hand needle (the initial K stitch and the 2 you just worked). Take the middle stitch and pass it over the stitch on the left side and then the far right stitch and pass it over the remaining stitch on the right-hand needle.
- Here’s another video to illustrate that.
Add a Crochet Edge to Your Washcloth
- Bind off, but don’t cut yarn and switch to your crochet hook to add a crochet edge to finish the diagonal basket weave washcloth.
- 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. On this piece, I picked up approximately 30 stitches on each side. I also try to catch the yarn tails from my cast on so that they’re wrapped in the SCs because it makes it nice not to have loose tails.
- When you come to your corners, work 2 chain stitches into your corner stitch.
- I did a little illustration of how I put the crochet picot edge on a different washcloth here. The only difference is that on this current washcloth I put 3 SCs between each picot as opposed to the one SC in the one I linked to. But basically, it’s 1 PC, 3 Sc and repeat that pattern around the second row. In addition, here’s a little video showing how to add the picot edging on this diagonal basket weave washcloth.
Holy Cow! That’s 4 videos in one post for one washcloth! But I want to make sure that you make this washcloth and so now you have no excuse not to! I hope this gets added to your knitting to-do list because I know you’ll really enjoy working the pattern.
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
These really knit up pretty quickly. If you get started, you could make quite a gift stash for the holidays!
If you like this Diagonal Basketweave Washcloth Pattern, then pop over here to see more knit & crochet patterns, which does include a few more Wash Cloth patterns.
Here’s a round-up of some great items to accompany your hand-knit diagonal basketweave washcloth if you’re looking to gift them.
This little assortment would be a fun girly gift paired with one of your washcloths!
And for a more subdued, spa-like gift basket, love this copper-themed grouping:
Or this more natural-themed grouping:
However you decide to ‘gift’ your washcloths, I know the recipient will be thrilled. Pin the following image so that you can refer back to this page for all the patterns for your future washcloth knitting projects!
Isn’t this the loveliest washcloth you’ve ever seen? Perfect for gifting or spa-ifying your bathroom.
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