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Fleur de Lis Washcloth


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Fleur de Lis Washcloth

Fleur de Lis Washcloth.

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Washcloths and dishcloths are some of the easiest holiday projects to knit, and this Mardi Gras-inspired Fleur de Lis Washcloth is no exception.

It was designed with the intention that the Stockinette Stitch side would be the "right" side, but I think I like the reverse better. Knit one for yourself and see which you prefer.


  • one ball Lily Sugar 'n Cream (I used col0r 71, Grape) or about 70 yards of the medium weight cotton yarn of your choice
  • pair of size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle for finishing


Gauge is not critical, but I got 17.5 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (about 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch.


Finished washcloth is about 9.5 inches square.

Knitting the Washcloth:

  1. Cast on 41 stitches.
  2. Knit 4 rows.
  3. Change to Stockinette Stitch, keeping the first 4 and last 4 stitches of each row in Garter Stitch, and work 12 rows.
  4. Begin working the Fleur de Lis Chart, keeping the edge stitches in Garter Stitch. To center the motif on the washcloth, add 3 stitches in Stockinette Stitch to each side of the chart (not shown on chart).
  5. Once the full chart has been worked, work 12 more rows in Stockinette Stitch, maintaining the Garter Stitch border.
  6. Knit 4 rows.
  7. Bind off. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
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