I am sharing a very simple pattern for hand-knit washcloths that uses the double seed stitch. These washcloths are perfect for gifting or for your own use.
The other night my husband and I were guests of our friends at a basketball game. While the game was carrying on in front of us, my girlfriend and I were catching up on each other, our families, and stuff in general.
Somehow we migrated to chatting about hand-knit washcloths or, as some say, knit dishcloths perhaps dishcloths? (isn’t that what you chat about at basketball games?).
She told me about this great washcloth a friend had knit for her, and she wanted to knit some herself. She came over the next day with the washcloth, and we figured out the yarn and needle used and the pattern, a simple double seed stitch. I love that they look like there are little hearts in the pattern.
(This is one of several knit washcloth/dishcloth patterns I’ve published. To see all the washcloth patterns…scroll down towards the bottom of the page)
I was eager to get started on these great washcloths, they are the kind of knit project I’m looking for these days. As I’ve said before, I need something to do while on car trips, sitting in front of the TV or in the carpool line, and these washcloths fit that bill.
They are a quick knit (read…semi-immediate gratification) and don’t require my undivided attention.
I used 100% cotton yarn for these washcloths. Cotton is far more absorbent than polyester, so is a good material for a washcloth. The yarn is a worsted weight and I used size 6 needles.
These double-seed stitch hand-knit washcloths measure 11 inches by 11 inches. Adjust your cast on if you want something smaller or bigger. I find them the perfect size.
Instructions for Hand Knit Washcloths
Here are the materials you will need to knit 2 washcloths, each measuring 11 inches by 11 inches:
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- Size US 6 knitting needles, or to fit your gauge
A gauge of 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch.
Instructions to make these 11 x 11 inch knit cotton washcloths:
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 46 stitches
1st row: K1, *P2,K2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. K last stitch
2nd row: P1, *K2P2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. P last stitch
3rd row: K1, *K2P2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. K last stitch
4th row: P1, *P2,K2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. P last stitch
Repeat these 4 rows until your piece measures 11 inches. Bind off and tuck in your loose yarn.
So, I use the washcloths in my kitchen and in my bathroom. I’ve gifted them for Mother’s Day and for housewarmings. I keep a stash on hand for last-minute gifts for any number of occasions (Teacher Appreciation Day, hostess gifts and ‘just because’ gifts)
Here’s a round-up of some great items to accompany your hand-knit washcloth if you’re looking to gift them.
However you decide to ‘gift’ your hand-knit washcloths, you can be assured that the recipient will be thrilled.
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Best Yarns to Crochet or Knit Washcloths and Dishcloths:
In general, you want an unmercerized cotton as the mercerization process makes less absorbent material. I stay away from polyester/acrylic yarns for knitting washcloths as I find that those materials are not absorbent and don’t hold their shape.
Some brands to consider:
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