This project was created and brought to you by my very close friend Lisa E. who is an excellent knitter with an Etsy shop called Knitpotato where you can buy pretty scarves, felted bags and bowls, and super cute crocheted caps.
Lisa is always experimenting with ways she can recycle and reuse the things she already has at home. She gardens, preserves food, and is an excellent cook. She is always inspiring me to use what I have in the cupboards to whip together amazing meals. I hope you will try her project and check out her shop.
Why would anyone want to knit a washcloth? Because they are quick and easy to make, and the process is oh so satisfying! Knitted cotton washcloths are durable and become super soft the more they are used and laundered (machine wash and dry). Did I mention economical? One ball of cotton yarn, readily available at your local craft store for a couple of bucks will make two washcloths. Better yet, if you have odds and ends left over from other projects, it is a great stash-buster!
Making knitted washcloths is a great project for the beginning knitter or for anyone wanting a simple and rewarding project. If you are new to knitting and don’t have a friend or relative to show you the ropes, just get on the web and find a tutorial for any knitting technique you are not familiar with. You will be well-versed in the knitting basics after the first one (cast on and bind off, knit, increase and decrease), but I bet you won’t want to stop until you have a good supply for yourself and for last-minute gifts.
This project is knit on the bias. The first half you will increase one stitch on each row creating a triangle shape, and the second half you will decrease one stitch on each row to make a square. These increases and decreases create a pretty eyelet border.
The eyelets make it easy to hang to dry when you are finished using it.
You can easily adapt this pattern to make a baby blanket if you keep increasing until you have the desired size.
Get set to crank out a stack of these babies and have them ready for birthday presents or stockpile them for a great Christmas present along with a special bar of soap.
You will need:
Size 6 – 9 US knitting needles
1 skein 100% cotton yarn such as Lion Brand Cotton or Lily Sugar’n Cream
Cast on stitches.
Row 1: Knit across row.
Row 2: K2, yarn over, knit to end of row. (5 st)
Repeat row 2 until you have 40 – 45 stitches depending on the desired size of your finished washcloth.
Next row: K1, K2tog, yarn over, K2tog, knit to end of row.
Repeat until 4 stitches are left. Knit one more row and then bind off.