Sharing the Bridget Knit Washcloth Pattern, which is a perfect pattern for new knitters as it uses only the knit stitch, as well as increasing and decreasing techniques.
I hope you love a backstory as much as I do because I’m sharing a quick one with you today.
When we moved to Wilmington 18 years ago, we did not know a soul! But we liked the area and figured we would meet people soon enough.
Lucky for us, we met one of our first ‘friend families’ when our sons, then kindergarteners, became buddies. And, we were then blessed to meet their extended families, who lived in Wilmington as well. Bridget is the grandma of the young man whose friendship with our son brought our families together and we would cross paths over the years at various functions.
Fast forward 18 years and a little package is dropped off at my door about two months ago. This package contained two washcloths hand knit by Bridget and gifted to me! Since we were smack in the midst of ‘quaran-cationing’ and feeling all blue and down-in-the-dumps-y, this thoughtful gift truly put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart.
These dishcloths were a pattern and technique that I was unfamiliar with and luckily for me, and you, Bridget was kind enough to share her Knit Washcloth Pattern! After I published the pattern, many of you wrote in to tell me that this pattern is also called ‘Nana’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern.’
If you are new to knitting or just want a quick and easy knit washcloth pattern, then this is the one for you! You only need to know how to Knit, Yarn Over, Make One, and Knit Two Together! With these 4 techniques, you knit the entire washcloth and edging at the same time!
Yarn Over (YO) is a way to increase stitches and make a purposeful hole in your knitting. Yarn overs are often used in lacey patterns. To make a yarn over between knit stitches bring the yarn around the right-hand needle between two stitches, from back to front and knit the next stitch. (Normally, when you are working a knit stitch the yarn is in the back of your work and after working the yarn over, the yarn will be in the back until you yarn over again.) This will create a hole in your work and on the other side, you will treat that yarn over as a regular stitch.
Make One (M1L) is another way to increase the number of stitches. To make an M1L or make-one-left, take the left-hand needle and pick up the bar between the stitches from front to back. Use the right needle to knit this bar.
Knit Two Together (K2T) is one of the most common ways to decrease the number of stitches on your needle. To knit 2 together, simply slip your right hand needle through 2 loops on your left-hand needles instead of the just the one you would normally do.
Something that makes this knit washcloth pattern unique is that it is knit on the diagonal or on the bias.
The printable PDF of this knit washcloth pattern is available to all subscribers of Nourish and Nestle in the Subscriber Benefits Library. Alternately, if you click the button below, I will gladly send the Bridget Knit Washcloth pattern to your email inbox…I’m just accommodating that way! 😉
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Material to make 11” by 11” Knit Washcloth
· Ball of Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton Yarn (1 skein will make 2 knit washcloths)
Stitches and Methods Used in the Bridget Knit Washcloth Pattern
K – knit
P – purl
YO – yarn over
M1 – take the left-hand needle and pick up the bar between the stitches from front to back. Use the right needle to knit this bar through the back loop.
· K2T – Knit 2 together
Using US 7 and Sugar’n Cream, 5 stitches and 6 rows in stocking stitch will result in a 1” by 1” square
Instructions to Make 11” Knit Washcloth
- Cast on 2 stitches
- Knit 2
- K1, M1, K
- K1, M1,K2 (4 stitches)
- K2, YO, K to end
- Repeat last row until you have 58 stitches
- K1, K2T, YO, K2T, K to end
- Repeat the last row until 4 stitches remain
- K, K2T, K
- K, K2T
- Cast off
- Weave cast on and cast off tails into fabric of washcloth
Depending on how fast you knit, you could easily whip up one of these knit dishcloths in an evening or two. If you are knitting some of these for gifts, then be sure to pop over for the printable gift tags.
And for more dishcloth or washcloth patterns, make sure to pop over where I have gathered all 6 of my free knitted washcloth patterns in one place.
To refer back to the Bridget Knit Washcloth Pattern in the future, bookmark this page or pin the following image.
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