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Loop Washcloth.

Loop Washcloth.

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Getting Loopy:

Making Loop Stitch is a little tedious, but this Loop Stitch washcloth is a great addition to your home spa collection. The loops can pick up and spread around a bunch of your favorite body wash, and they can help you exfoliate when you need a good scrub down.

Materials:

  • one skein Kollage Hope or about 150 yards of your favorite light weight cotton yarn
  • one pair size 5 US needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Gauge

20 stitches and 32 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 8 rows per inch) in pattern. Gauge is not critical.

Size

Finished size is 9.5 inches wide and 10 inches long.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 50 stitches.
  2. Knit four rows.
  3. On the next row (wrong side), make the loop stitch: Hold the yarn over your index finger and wrap the yarn around your middle finger, forming a loop around the middle finger. Knit the first stitch, but don't take it off the needle. Slide the new stitch to the left hand needle and knit along with the old stitch, through the back loop. Continue across the row.
  4. On the next row, knit every stitch through the back loop.
  5. Repeat these six rows for pattern, continuing until the work is almost 10 inches long. Bind off after completing a row of loops and the knit through the back loop row.

Making the Loop Stitch:

Loop Stitch is a pretty awkward stitch to make, especially if you're not used to running the working yarn over your index finger as you go. You'll probably find that this row takes much, much longer than straight knitting, and also that it hurts your fingers, so remember to take a short break after each loop row.

If the instructions given for forming the loop don't make sense to you, do whatever you need to do in order to make a loop. You can try to make all the loops the same length, or go with a more organic look.

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