I am sharing a very simple pattern for hand-knit washcloths that uses the moss 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 started chatting about hand-knit washcloths (or knit dishcloths).
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 moss stitch. I love that they look like there are little hearts in the pattern.
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.
Moss Stitch v Seed Stitch
I consider the moss stitch a variation of the seed stitch. For the seed stitch, you alternate knit and purl across each row and between each row. For the moss stitch, you alternate knit and purl across rows but repeat the pattern for two rows, then alternate for the next two rows.
Washcloth v Dishcloth
OK, I don’t know what it says about me, but I never really thought there was much difference between a dishcloth and a washcloth. I mean, I wouldn’t go and wash my face with a cloth I had just used to clean a pan or the kitchen sink, but other than that, I guess I never thought there was much difference between the two.
But, I have recently learned that for many, there is a difference. It seems that washcloths are typically larger than dishcloths. Most standard washcloths are 11″ square, and most standard dishcloths are 8″ square. That being said, you can make your dishcloth or washcloth any size you want.
If you want to make a smaller dishcloth with this pattern, cast on 34 stitches versus the 46 stitches indicated.
Best Yarns to Crochet or Knit Washcloths and Dishcloths:
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You generally want 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:
Using Your Washcloths
I use the washcloths in my kitchen and in my bathroom (not at the same time, though!). 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 want to gift them.
However you decide to ‘gift’ your hand-knit washcloths, you can be assured that the recipient will be thrilled.
If you are gifting these washcloths, these little wraps really dress them up nicely. If you’d like to receive the downloadable PDF of these washcloth wraps, click the button below.
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materials you will need to knit 2 washcloths (11″ x 11″)
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- 1 skein worsted weight 100% cotton yarn. 200 yards makes 2 washcloths.
- Size US 6 knitting needles to fit your gauge.
A gauge of 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch.
instructions to make knit washcloths with moss stitch
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 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.
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