Are you ready for a for a Knit Cotton Washcloth pattern? This one uses the lattice cable stitch has a lovely crochet edge to give it a little something special.
I’m not an overly materialistic person. I do like my stuff, but I love experiences more. Without a doubt, when considering things/experiences that I can’t have too many of, kisses from my husband and children are far and away the first thing on that list, followed by travels to new places. However, there are some other things I can never have too many of (in no particular order):
Pillows on my bed
Fresh flowers on my kitchen table
Hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies with cold milk
Knit Cotton Washcloths
Fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot day
Pretty cloth napkins and tablecloths
If washcloths are on your list too, you are in luck today! I’m still entertaining myself knitting and crocheting washcloths for myself and for gifts. I especially enjoy knit cotton washcloth patterns with crochet edge. I get bored doing the same ones over and over, so I keep trying out new knit cotton washcloth patterns. For this pattern, I knit the Woven Lattice Cable Stitch for the base of the washcloth and a simple double crochet edge.
What you need to make these knit cotton washcloths:
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- 1 skein worsted weight medium, 100% cotton. 200 yards made 2 washcloths
- Size 6 knitting needles, or to fit your gauge
- Size G/6, 4.25MM crochet hook
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 56 stitches (or a multiple of 6 plus 2)
- 1st row(RS): Knit
- 2nd row(WS): K3, p4, *k2, p4; rep from * to last st, k1.
- 3rd row: P1, C4F, *p2, C4F; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
- 4th row: Rep Row 2.
- 5th row: P3, *k2, T4B; rep from * to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
- 6th row: K1, p4, *k2, p4; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
- 7th row: P3, C4B, * p2, C4B; rep from * to last st, p1.
- 8th row: Rep Row 6.
- 9th row: P1, k4, *T4F, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3
- Repeat rows 2-9 7 times, or until desired height.
- Cast off, but don’t cut yarn
- Pick up yarn with the crochet hook and work a double crochet into each edge stitch
- Bind off and secure all loose ends
C4B – Cable 4 Back. Slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.
C4F – Cable 4 Front or Forward. Slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.
T4B – Twist 4 Back. Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then purl the 2 sts from cable needle.
T4F – Twist 4 Front. Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, purl next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.
These really do knit up quickly and make great gifts. The crochet edge really finishes the knit cotton washcloth nicely. If you’re doing any travel this summer, knitting these will help you occupy your time and be productive at the same time.
These washcloths really knit up pretty quickly. If you get started, you could make quite a gift stash for the holidays!
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
Here’s a round-up of some great items to accompany your knit cotton washcloth if you’re looking to gift them.
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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 the next time you want to make a knit cotton washcloth.
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