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Pumpkin Washcloth


Pumpkin Washcloth

Pumpkin Washcloth.

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Seasonal Style:

Washcloths are fun, easy and quick to knit, so it makes sense to have a lot of them, and to knit up special washcloths for different occasions to make washing up a little more fun.

This reverse stockinette stitch washcloth has a shadowy form of a carved pumpkin in the center, made simply by knitting on the purl side and purling on the knit side.

While both sides of this project look nice, the purl side really shows off the pumpkin better. But you can consider either side the "front" as you like.


  • about 50 yards of medium weight, 100 percent cotton or cotton/acrylic yarn in a fall color (I used Cotton Ease in color 830-134, Terra Cotta)
  • one pair size 7 US needles
  • chart for pumpkin
  • scissors
  • crochet hook or yarn needle


Four and a half stitches and six rows per inch in reverse stockinette stitch. Gauge is not critical.


Finished size is eight inches square.


  1. Cast on 35 stitches.
  2. Knit four rows in garter stitch.
  3. Knit in reverse stockinette stitch until piece measures two and a half inches from the beginning, ending with a knit row. Keep the first four stitches and the last four stitches of each row in garter stitch throughout.
  4. Begin to work from chart, knitting the Xs on the purl rows and purling them on the knit rows. For the Os, knit on the knit side and purl on the purl side.
  5. When done with the chart, continue in reverse stockinette until piece measures about 7.5 inches.
  6. Knit four rows in garter stitch.
  7. Bind off. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Chart Reading Tips:

The chart begins at the bottom and works its way up as indicated. The pattern should be centered on the washcloth. The width of the chart is the same width as the section of the washcloth inside the garter stitch border.

Remember that stitches that do not have symbols in them should be knit in reverse stockinette as established.

The chart can be worked starting from right to left or from left to right, depending on which side of the washcloth you are considering the "right" side; just be consistent in the way you work it.

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