Vintage Hankie Washcloth


Free Vintage Hankie Washcloth Knitting Pattern Create this dainty vintage hankie look washcloth by knitting in the round, then pick up the live stitches with your crochet hook to fashion a quick and easy lace edging.


sport weight cotton, such as Knit Picks Shine Sport, in 3 colors – A,B and C
set of 5 – size 3.5 mm dpn’s (US 4)
size D crochet hook

Uses standard knitting abbreviations, U.S. crochet terms


Free Vintage Hankie Washcloth Knitting Patternco 5 stitches with color A

slip first stitch, then (k1, yo, k1) in each of next 4 stitches.

Seperate stitches onto 4 dpns, with 3 stitches on first 3 dpn’s and 4 stitches on 4th dpn. Slip last stitch on 4th needle onto 1st needle. K2tog tbl with 4th needle to join in the round. You’ll now have 3 stitches on each of 4 needles and will pick up your 5th dpn to begin knitting in the round.

round 1: knit. (If using magic loop method, place unique marker for beginning of round.

round 2: ( k1, yo, place marker, k1, yo, k1) repeat to end of round

round 3: knit

round 4: (k to marker, yo, slip marker, k1, yo) repeat to end of round

repeat rounds 3 and 4 until you have 31 stitches between markers, ending with round 3.

Pick up color B for solid band and *purl to marker, remove marker, yo, p1, yo. Repeat from * 3 times. Purl remaining stitches to complete round.

Floral SeperatorCrochet Trim:

Pick up stitch off dpn with crochet hook and chain 2. ** YO and Pick next stitch off the dpn with the crochet hook, YO and pull through first stitch on hook, YO and pull through all 3 loops on hook to complete a HDC. Repeat from **in each stitch or yo space around. Slip stitch in first HDC to complete round.

slip stitch in previous stitch to right. Pull up a loop of color C in same stitch as slip stitch and chain 2.

[Skip 2 stitches. (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in next stitch. Skip 2 stitches. DC in next stitch] twice

Skip 1 stitch (2 DC, ch2, 2 DC) in next stitch, skip 1 stitch and DC in next stitch.

(2 DC, ch2, 2 DC) in next 2 corner stitches.

++[Skip 2 stitches, DC in next stitch, Skip 2 stitches, (2DC, ch2, 2 DC) in next stitch] 5 times. Skip 1 stitch. (2 DC, ch2, 2 DC] in next 2 corner stitches.

Repeat from ++ 2 times

[skip 2 stitches, DC in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 2DC, ch2, 2 DC in next stitch] twice. Slip stitch in first chain 2 and fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Free Vintage Hankie Washcloth Knitting Pattern

Download Simply Notable’s Vintage Hankie Washcloth PDF Pattern

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  1. kristie1983
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Such a gorgeous pattern…thank you for sharing

    • Mom
      Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Kristie! I always love to share. After all, I get such great patterns and ideas from others also.

  2. Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    How cute they are!!! A quick gift for Christmas time!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    • Mom
      Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Paula…and yes, they are pretty quick. I love the knitted body to give it good drape so it really folds up and hangs like a hankie – yet the crocheted lace is an absolute breeze to do.

  3. Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink


    • Mom
      Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      Hey, Thanks Kristen! :-)

  4. Teresa
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you! My mother still carries a lace-edged handkerchief so I know she’ll love these for washcloths!!

    • Mom
      Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      That’s so great to hear that there’s those women who still do. I was inspired by the pillowslips and hankies my Great Grandmothers and Great Aunts used to make. I loved them then, and still do! It sort of reminds me of childhood.

  5. Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Beautiful!! Thanks for the pattern. :-)

    • Mom
      Posted October 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Ariel! :-)

  6. Barbara Bagley
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Adorable! This will be a real treasure to make and give as a gift!
    Thanks for all you share with us.

    • Mom
      Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      Awww, Thanks Mamacita!

  7. Brenda
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    The pattern as written is wrong. By placing the marker after only one stitch on round 2, then yo, k, yo immediately after the marker on round 4, causes it to spiral. The marker should be placed after knitting 2.

    • Mom
      Posted November 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Brenda, I just cast on another washcloth to check and you are correct. It appears that when I copied the pattern, I made a typo. Row 2 should read: K1, yo, place marker, K1, yo, k1. Thank you for the heads up.

  8. jen
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    ADORABLE!! thank you for sharing. i love the colors you chose too.

  9. folksmith
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    i am loving this pattern. i going to see if i can make the square larger to give to an animal shelter for the Snuggles charity put on by the podcast Yarnivore. it is a fun pattern.

    • Mom
      Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      I’m so glad you love it! Would love to see your finished snuggle!

  10. Janelle Herrold
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi- I can’t seem to get this pattern to work for me unless I change row 4 to “K to marker, YO, slip maker, K1, YO, Knit to end. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.
    Janelle Herrold

    • Mom
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Janelle. Hmmmm. I’m not certain what the problem is. I’ll have to cast on another washcloth to troubleshoot it. I’ll email you when I have a chance to do that.

  11. michele
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I am getting the spiral….I see others have had the problem, too. Any clues as to what I am doing? It is such a cute pattern, but it loses something with the spiraling.

    • Mom
      Posted June 2, 2013 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      Hi Michele, I’ve updated the pattern with the fix and am making a new post for errata on this pattern. Thanks so much for giving me the heads up that it continues to be a problem.

  12. Posted July 13, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I will be posting a link back to this post from my blog on Monday, July 15, 2013. This is a pretty pattern!


  13. Sarah
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try this, wondered what I was going to do with some leftover cotton, this is PERFECT, thank you.

  14. Willow
    Posted March 28, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I always end up with 39 stitches instead of 31. Not sure what I am doing wrong

    • Mom
      Posted March 28, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like you’re doing one more repeat of the two rows than necessary, Willow. Stop repeating rounds 3 and 4 when you get to 31 stitches. :-)

  15. Gerry
    Posted August 13, 2014 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I really like this pattern. I’m going to make it shortly. I crochet things for family members that are really usable as we are in that older age bracket where we no longer like to receive things that aren’t practical. Thanks for the lovely pattern. I’ve pinned it on pinterest on my mom’s remembrance board. She passed in 2000. She would have liked this.

    • Mom
      Posted August 13, 2014 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Gerry, I’m glad you like the pattern. I confess, it’s one of my favorites too. There’s something so fun about knitting and crochet together in the same project. What a lovely way to honor your Mom – with a remembrance board! Wonderful idea!

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