A Fix for Vintage Hankie Washcloth

Corrected Vintage Hankie Free PatternI’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve not paid the proper attention to the error in my Vintage Hankie Washcloth pattern, originally published last summer. I thought I’d fixed it once, not long after it was published, but since I never completely re-knit it to be sure – the error persisted while I was off to new patterns and other projects.

The Vintage Hankie Washcloth is made from a square that’s knit from the center out, in the round. You achieve the square shape by designating diagonal stitches, then increasing once before and once after that stitch on every other row. In this pattern, I have you place markers just before each diagonal stitch. When you increase, you yarn over (YO) once before the stitch marker, then slip the marker, knit your diagonal stitch, then yarn over after the stitch. After just a few repeats, you’re able to see your diagonal stitches clearly, with the yarn overs marching in straight lines along each row. It’s now been corrected in both the original online pattern and in the .pdf download. And in making another Vintage Hankie Washcloth, I’m reminded of how easy this pattern is to knit up. It’s an especially clever little gift when paired with a bar of nice soap.

Corrected Vintage Hankie Free Pattern

The crocheted edging is pretty straight forward. When changing from knitting to crochet, you just pull off each stitch with your hook, dealing with them one by one as directed in the pattern. Crocheting is quick and satisfying. If you don’t know how, I recommend you take the time to learn! It’ll open new horizons since there’s so many clever things you can create.

So, once again – I present my Vintage Hankie Washcloth pattern. New and improved, with more clarity and a few corrections. :-)

Corrected Vintage Hankie Free Pattern

My apologies, Crafty Friends! :waving my hankie:



  1. says

    Such a pretty piece! I do not know how to crochet, and always say “I will learn”, hmmm. I just had to hire someone to make a baby blanket for me for my stepson’s baby. I love crafting and do a lot of paper crafts, but never learned needle work. Thanks for inspiring.

  2. Christine says

    I had tried these before but they kept going circular. Tried again with your corrections and wonderful success. Thanks much for taking the time to fix this beautiful pattern.

  3. Patches says

    Hi Mom!

    Pretty little cloth .. thank you, for the pattern! I was wondering if I could use Emily Ocker’s Cast On method and cast on 13 sts in a circle, then k2tog to make 12 sts and carry on. Whatcha think? :)


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