On my last visit, my Mom in law gave me a most welcome gift: a generous stack of hand-knit washcloths! Not only were they plentiful, they were lofty and thirsty, in a perfect size, round and scalloped. When I asked which pattern she used, she said it was one a former neighbor had given her. She wasn’t sure she even still had it. I offered to help look for it, maybe a trifle bit too desperately.
“Where did you have it last? When did you last see it?”, I interrogated her.
“YES!”, I exclaimed, going quickly into spoiled brat mode. “I adore these. I want this pattern!”
A few minutes later, she walked up the hall, waving a small sheet of paper triumphantly, “Here it is!”
Yay!!!! I checked Ravelry and found some patterns that were similar, but none the same, and I much prefer this one. Here’s the recipe/pattern, transcribed from the spidery cursive it was written in. I can’t promise it’s perfect, well written or even easy to follow, but the results – well, they speak for themselves.
The Almost Lost Washcloth:
No. 8 Needles (U.S.)
Cast On 14 stitches and knit back
1. Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 2 stitches and knit back
2. Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 4 stitches and knit back
3. Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 6 stitches and knit back
4. Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 8 stitches and knit back
Cast off 4 and knit to end – knit back (should be 14 stitches on the needle)
Repeat for 14 points
Leave enough yarn to sew sides together and go around circle and draw circle together. Tie ends in a double knot
I’ll have another thick stack of these knit up before you know it!
UPDATE: For the Almost Lost Washcloth fans, you will love the new minis! You can find the tutorial here: http://www.simplynotable.com/2014/mini-almost-lost-washcloths
ALSO: If you find the above instructions confusing, there’s now an Almost Lost Washcloth Tutorial with photos of the process that may help!