A pattern for and videos illustrating 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 mechanics of the diagonal basketweave stitch is truly like weaving as you skip stitches and work the front and backs of stitches.
And while it looks complicated, it really is an easy stitch to master and actually quite fun to work. I’ve prepared a couple of videos that may help you visual learners make your own diagonal basket weave washcloth.
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(I have listed other great yarns for knitting dish cloths and wash cloths towards the end of this post)
If you want to resize your washcloth, I have explained that process on this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth or Towel.
N&N Hint: Try to keep your tension a little loose while working this stitch because your material will get a little tight.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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