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Knit Cotton Washcloth with Crochet Edge

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 tomatoes

Organic blueberries

Fresh flowers on my kitchen table

Hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies with cold milk

Knit Cotton Washcloths

DisneyWorld vacations

Family photos

Fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot day

Great books

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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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.

close up showing crochet edge of knit cotton washcloth with lattice stitch

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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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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knit cotton washcloth with lattice stitch and crochet edge

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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Happy Knitting!

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  1. I never knew that we shared a love of washcloths! I am loving these patterns…but I’m still crochet challenged! BTW, Frankie loves washcloths, too!

  2. Love them! soo pretty! I’m embarking on my first washcloth now as my little on loves them so I’m making one in her favourite colour, Blue!

  3. Wow how pretty is that washcloth! I’m a newbie at knitting but I’ve pinned this to make in the near future. Thank you 🙂

  4. Lovely patterns! I look forward to making these! Thank you! I plan to visit your site often, It seems so wonderful 🙂

    1. Thanks Ruthie! I’d love for you to come visit very often. It makes my heart happy to know that I have kindred spirits out there who find my site useful and enjoyable. Thanks again for the kind comments.

  5. Thanks for the great patterns. I like experiences better than most things but love hand
    knits, especially washcloths, I think knitting the cable spa cloth will be an experience, hopefully a good one.

    1. Good Morning Ilka…it all comes down to having the time, doesn’t it?! I know how that is. I’d love to make some more too…but just haven’t had the time lately. So glad to see you’re posting more gluten free recipes! My daughter and I will hopefully get a lot of baking in this weekend.


  6. What beautiful wash cloths! Just love the neutral color and textures on them. I find that I have to concentrate too hard when I knit, so have been wanting to make some washcloths using crochet. Do you have any patterns or tutorials for crocheted washcloths?

    1. Hi Lori…so sorry this comment got lost and I didn’t get back to you sooner.

      Sadly, I only have knit dishcloths, though I do add crochet borders to many of mine. I am relatively new to crochet, but guess I need to up my game and figure out some crochet dishcloth patterns. Thanks for prompting me.

      Have a great day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. Thank you Lynn.

    I subscribed to your blog so that I could get emails and access to your Subscriber Benefits Library, but I forgot my password and can’t find the email. Would you mind resending it to me?

    Thank you.

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