Washcloths are fun to knit because they are quick projects that are incredibly useful. Made of cotton, they're machine washable and will last a really long time.
A gift of a bunch of handmade washcloths would make a good housewarming gift or thank you for someone who has let you stay in their home. They'll get a lot more use than another bottle of wine.
- One skein, about two ounces or 95 yards, of 100 percent cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar'n Cream in color 00222, Butter Cream Ombre)
- One pair size 7 US needles
- Crochet hook or tapestry or yarn needle
Seventeen stitches and 25 rows per four inches in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not critical, but you do want a nice tight weave for your washcloth.
Finished size is 11 inches by 11.5 inches.
- Cast on 50 stitches.
- Work first four rows in seed stitch (K1, P1 across row one, P1, K1 across row two, then repeat).
- Work remainder of project with seed stitch on first four and last four rows and stockinette stitch in the middle, until project measures 10.5 inches.
- Work four more rows in seed stitch, starting on a wrong-side (purl side) row.
- Bind off.
- Cut off any excess yarn, leaving a few inches for weaving in ends.
- Using a crochet hook or a tapestry or yarn needle, weave in the ends.
To make it easier to remember which row of seed stitch you are on, remember that you start with a knit stitch when you are on the knit side of the stockinette stitch pattern and start with a purl on the purl side.
Another easy way to know what to do is to look at the stitches. If you see a knit stitch, with a flat loop over the needle, you need to purl that stitch. If you see a purl, where there's a bump under the stitch on the needle, you need to knit that stitch. This work the opposite of what you see trick only works on the seed stitch part; on the rest, you are knitting or purling stitches as you see them.
About the Yarn:
Sugar'n Cream is a classic cotton knitting yarn, perfect for utilitarian projects like washcloths. It is sturdy but pretty, machine washable and inexpensive.
To care for your finished washcloth, machine or hand wash using cold water. Do not bleach. Air dry or spin dry on the low setting on your dryer; remove before completely dry and reshape if needed.
Lily warns that some colors may run, so you might want to wash your cloths separately on the first wash and make sure you always wash them with like colors and in cool water.