The Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern


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.

Almost Lost Washcloth Knitting Pattern - Gorgeous!“Hmmmm….it’s around here somewhere”, she said mildly, and when it wasn’t close at hand she asked, “Do you really need it?”

“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.

Almost Lost Washcloth Knitting Pattern - Gorgeous!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

Floral Seperator

I’ll have another thick stack of these knit up before you know it!


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  1. Posted October 31, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Did you put these on Ravelry?!?!

    I think I’m going to give this a try tonight. Thank you for sharing!

    • Posted November 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      HI Julie! I just wanted to let you know that I knitted up a few and posted them on Ravelry with a link back to this blog. Hope you don’t mind! Thanks again for posting this! They are so much fun to knit up. <3


      • Machela
        Posted December 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        Do you need the circular needles? Or is it just personal preference. I’m a beginner and don’t now where they are more helpful and where they’re not.

        • Posted December 26, 2013 at 9:30 am | Permalink

          They are a personal preference and not needed for this :)

          (I use them more than “normal” needles because it keeps me from misplacing the second needle when I put it down)

        • Mom
          Posted December 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

          I agree with Krista, Machela. Circulars aren’t necessary for this pattern. You can do them on straight needles easily!

    • Mom
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      I did just now, Krista. Yours looks fabulous! :-D

    • Helen Lewis
      Posted June 14, 2014 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Any particular wool I should use regards Helen

      • Mom
        Posted June 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        These are best made with cotton yarn in a worsted weight, Helen.

  2. Andria Carroll
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    So glad you posted this! My mom makes wash cloths and they are just a boring square. I am going to send this to her to try something new!!!

    • Mom
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      Great idea, Andrea! All of us Moms could use a little help breaking old habits – daughters are wonderful for that. Hope she has fun knitting circles for a change! ;-)

  3. Posted November 1, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Hello: Thanks for the pattern for the wash cloths. If at all possible, I would LOVE to see one by it self. It says you pull yarn to draw sides together. I am assuming the cloth is like a star?? Such a sweet story you wonder how many times it got handed down to the neighbor, like an old quilt pattern. Oh, and do they feel like cotton yarn? Thanks so much, I do want to make them and have them turn out as wonderful as they look.

    • Mom
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Paula,
      Look up at the photo posted by Krista – it does look like a star! The ones I have are made with kitchen cotton, so they do feel like cotton yarn.

  4. Alicia
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing this “almost-lost” pattern. I can’t wait to make a stack of these (perhaps after all my Christmas knitting!). The dishcloths my mom made for me years ago are finally starting to come apart. These look adorable in variegated yarn!

    • Mom
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      You are so welcome, Alicia! I was thrilled to get my hands on the pattern, so I figured my fellow knitters would love it too. :-)

  5. Linda
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    hmmmmmm have you ever thought of doing a tutorial on these or a video? would love to see either one. thanks for the pattern!

    • Mom
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Hi Linda,
      I’m afraid I’m not a talented enough techie to do videos. If the instructions seem confusing, Carol Feller has a free “short rows” class on Craftsy! :-)

  6. Sara
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    What a fun pattern. I knit this up so fast…goodbye square dishcloths!

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern, I am so glad that it wasn’t lost!

    All the best.

  7. Posted November 3, 2013 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting Julie. I did a similar dishcloth like this a few years ago.. but so far I really like this one better, just like you said! Good thing I succumbed to buying some kitchen cotton a few weeks ago. I’ve always said that doesn’t count as stash, it’s a staple, like flour, or sugar!

    P.S. I heard LaLa mention you on The Knitgirllls podcast the other day…. I squeeeeeeeeeeeed! ;)

  8. jillian
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Love these! Thanks for sharing. I’m stuck on how you cast off four and end up with 14 still? I’m new to short rows, thanks.

    • Posted November 13, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

      Each yarn over adds a stitch, so by the time you have to cast off 4 you have 18 stitches on the needle. After you cast off 4 you’ll have 14 again :)

  9. Becca
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I plan on making some wash clothes for my mother-in-law, but today I used the pattern to make a lion’s head to sew onto my son’s sweater. It was a life-saver.

  10. Barbara Bagley
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    These look so servicable and adorable to use. Makes you want to do dishes. Haha!

  11. Linda Cannon
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Love the found washcloth, thank you for a fun neat pattern. I pinned it in the dead of night and later the next day found your site. Ran to get a ball of cotton and away I went. Had 3 false starts, brain nonfunction and then I was hooked. So simple, so cute, so practical and a fun thing to give as a simple gift. Can’t wait to post my finished product on Ravelry.
    Thank You again.

  12. Linda
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Can someone pleaseeeeee recommend a tutorial on this dishcloth or if there are any of you creative people out there could you make one. I have tried it and it is not turning out right. I know it has to be something simple that I am just not understanding. really want to make these.

    • Linda Cannon
      Posted November 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      When I was doing it I found out that after casting on you knit one row. Then start row 1. When you turn on row 1 you knit back to the start or the 1st knit row. Then do row 2 and again turn and knit back. What you are creating with the yarn overs are the points and the turns are leaving a single row going toward the center. After your row 4 and knit back, then you cast off 4 stitches, this is the point and you will then knit toward the center. You then knit a row back to the points. This is where my brain went dead at some point. Then you start with row 1. It would have been easier if row 1 was the row that you knit after cast on. Then you would have 5 rows that you are repeating. This is very addictive knitting. I actually figured out a way to improve the pattern in that I knit the edges together at the end instead of sewing them together. You still have to gather up the center, but if you make sure you knit to the center, you will have a tail there. I plan on doing some for Christmas in Red and green. They will be fun for people to have. I still appreciate the pattern immensely, It will make a great carry along project.

      • Peggy Berry
        Posted January 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

        Linda can you tell me how you knitted the seam together at the end. Thank You Peggy

        • Mom
          Posted January 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

          Hi Peggy! For ending, just bind off, then seam it together on the side with mattress stitch and a tapestry needle or whatever seaming method you normally use and draw up the middle with a running stitch.

          • Peggy Berry
            Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

            Thank You so much.

      • Rhonda
        Posted May 8, 2014 at 6:25 am | Permalink

        I wanted to make a few of these for my mother along with scented soaps and a gift card for Mother’s Day. I am having difficulty. Do I use the “Cast off 4 part” only once when casting once or when making points?

        • Mom
          Posted May 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

          You use it after each section to make the points, Rhonda. Sounds like a really nice Mother’s Day gift! :-)

      • Rhonda
        Posted May 9, 2014 at 7:41 am | Permalink

        After 10 points this is the shape I have. What am I doing wrong? After casting off 4 stitches, and knitting back, I am knitting the entire row again. Is that correct?

        • Rhonda
          Posted May 10, 2014 at 4:21 am | Permalink

          After 10 points this is the shape I have. What am I doing wrong? After casting off 4 stitches, and knitting back, I am knitting the entire row again. Is that correct?
          I went to a local yarn shop and got help….finally finished it! Thanks for the pattern.

          • Mom
            Posted May 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

            So glad to hear you were able to get some help and figure it out, Rhonda! Happy Washcloth Knitting! :-)

  13. Carli M
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    This is such a fun pattern and yes, it does knit up quick! I’m wondering, though, how do you recommend sewing the ends together?

    • Mom
      Posted December 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Just seam together with mattress stitch, Carli! Nothing fancy.

  14. Linda
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    Does this got together just like the one on vidios with her washcloth?

    • Mom
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      I haven’t seen those videos Linda, so I’m not certain what you’re referring to, but the instructions just have you gather up the center and seam the sides. It doesn’t say exactly how. I’d use mattress stitch.

      • Linda
        Posted December 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

        I was referring to the short row technique that the pink video uses on utube. her dishcloths are very much like this one.

        • Mom
          Posted December 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

          I’ll have to check them out! :-)

  15. Posted December 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    This is my favorite wash cloth, I love it!

  16. Lady Elizabeth
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful pattern and how nice it is for you to share it with all of us. I can’t wait to try one of these. Thanks again.

    • Mom
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome Elizabeth! ♥

  17. Debbie
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand the knit back

    • Mom
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Hi Debbie, the knit back just means to turn your work and knit to the end of the row. Hope that helps!

      • Debbie
        Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

        Thanks it did help.

  18. Peggy Berry
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry, I totally understand the pattern right up until you say “leave 4 stitches, or leave 6 stitches” then knit. I don’t know what you mean by leave them. Any Help would be appreciated. Thank You

    • Mom
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

      Don’t be sorry, Peggy. ♥
      When the pattern indicates you should leave stitches, it just means that you should knit up to the last 4, (or 6 or whatever), stitches, then instead of knitting them, turn your work and knit to the end of the row. I hope that clears it up!

      • Peggy Berry
        Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

        Thank You so much, I will give it another try and another and another, very stubborn person. Blessings Peggy

  19. Mary E Lee
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I have a pattern very similar to this one. I have made hundreds of them. I have sold some but given away most of them. They are really unique. I’m going to make some off your pattern and compare it to mine. Don’ ever bleach the cotton yarn. It will take all the color out.

    • Mom
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      I can see why you made hundreds, Mary! I just love them. My Mom in law has supplied me with them for a couple of years now and I love having a big thirsty stack of them in the bathroom!

  20. Ila
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I have been making circular garter stitch washcloths for years – my dear aunt, 93 now, taught me how, and I’ve made so many I’ve memorized the pattern. This one is similar to Aunt Pauline’s, but not the same. I’m gonna make her some and send her the pattern – she’ll be tickled, I’m sure! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Mom
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      How great, Ila! This sounds like a very old pattern, indeed! Does Aunt Pauline still knit?

      • Ila
        Posted January 13, 2014 at 3:08 am | Permalink

        Alas, no. Arthritis has taken its toll. I know she’ll get a kick out of this new wrinkle in the old pattern, though.

        • Mom
          Posted January 13, 2014 at 6:17 am | Permalink

          And how wonderful that the niece she shared knitting with is now knitting for her. ♥♥♥

    • Posted January 27, 2014 at 7:31 am | Permalink

      Would love to have the pattern for the circular garter stitch.

    • Posted January 30, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Is it possible to get the pattern for Ila’s circular garter stitch washcloth? Also, I am finished with the Almost Lost Washcloth but do not know how to end it. Do you just bind off the last 14 stitches and then sew the sides? Or did I do something wrong?

      • Peggy Berry
        Posted January 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

        Deanna I also would like to know how to end this if you hear anything would you let me know. Thank You

      • Mom
        Posted January 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

        Hi Deanna, yes, you just bind off then sew the side together and draw the center closed with a running stitch. When Ila spoke about a circular garter stitch washcloth, I believe she’s talking about a type of washcloth – such as ours, The Almost Lost Washcloth is a circular garter stitch washcloth. She was just saying that she’s made washcloths such as these for years.

      • Ila
        Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:44 am | Permalink

        Deanna, I don’t have that pattern written down, although I bet I could write it if I thought about it for awhile! I’ve been knitting it from memory for years. It is similar to this one. I’ll have to knit another one and write it down as I go!

        • Posted February 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

          Thanks Ila but don’t worry about it. I thought it was something different. I am so happy doing this one. I so appreciate it though.

          • Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

            Can these be made with a knook?

          • Mom
            Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

            I’m not sure, Deanna. Note to self: Google search: “Knook” ;-)

  21. Ila
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    By the way, I always start with a crochet chain provisional cast-on so that I can weave the sides together at the end. I use the same yarn I gather the center stitches with – just make sure you cut it long enough for the weaving! That way the finished cloth is seamless. You can mystify your knitting friends – “How did you do that?!” Heh.

    • Mom
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      I love it! :-) The resourcefulness of knitters never fails to amaze me. :-D

    • mpbusyb
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Ila – I would love to see a pic of your crochet chain provisional cast-on just so I am sure I know what you mean.

      • Ila
        Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:30 am | Permalink

        Hi. I don’t do pictures, but it’s pretty easy: choose a crochet hook about the same size as your needle, and a contrasting colored smooth yarn, and make a chain about 4 chains more than the number of stitches called for. Then turn it over so you see the bumps on the back of the chain. Starting about 2 chains from the end, pick up your stitches by inserting your needle tip through one of these bumps, wrapping your working yarn around the needle and pulling it through, until you have all the stitches you need on your needle. That’s your “provisional cast on”. When you’ve finished the cloth, you can unzip the crochet chain and place the unfinished loops as they emerge onto another needle and weave both sides together with the garter stitch version of the kitchener stitch. Works great, totally seamless!

  22. Pat Underwood
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    This is a great pattern. I am knitting these dishcloths using a pattern that is very similar. It is knit in two colors. It is done in segments of 20 rows then change color. It is also very nice but I am going to try your pattern next. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mom
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Pat. The two colored version sounds pretty great too!

  23. Betty
    Posted January 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I found this pattern without a picture and had not idea what I was knitting but it turned out great. I love making these, they are so easy. I gave them a Christmas gifts.

  24. charlene
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    wow! I tried to make it 3 times , not giving up Iwent back to see the patern again and I forgot to after cast on14 sts and KNIT BACK .. I didn’t knit back so I am going to try it agin.. can’t wait to see it come out..

  25. Betty Rubble
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    These are wonderful! I have no clue how to knit, never understood the second needle! I am a crocheter so will grab a hook and see if I can replicate this pattern in crochet! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Patty
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      Betty – have you had any success in converting this to crochet? I’m clueless about knitting – but love to crochet. Thanks, Patty

  26. Peggy Berry
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Ok I am still having a wee bit of a problem. I usually don’t have this much trouble reading a pattern, so here goes. I got the knitting back part thank you so much, but what I would like to know is when it says do 14 more points do I start at 1. or do I knit all 14 stitches again then start over with 1. Thank you for your patience and kindness.

    • Mom
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi Peggy, when it says to repeat for 14 points, you’ll start at 1.
      BUT, notice that at the end of each point it has you knit back over those 14 stitches to end your section.

      • Peggy Berry
        Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:38 am | Permalink

        Thank You so much. I sent a picture and Julie wrote back. I guess I totally misunderstood. Anyway I decided in my sometimes pattern impaired mind to write it out so that it reads co 14, 1. knit first row , so instead of 1-4 I have 1-5 that way I don’t forget and include the knit back as part of the pattern. I am knitting like a wizard now. Thank you again for your kindness.

        • Mom
          Posted January 30, 2014 at 7:57 am | Permalink

          You’re so very welcome, Peggy! So glad it’s working out for you now!

  27. Amanda
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Can you tell me exactly how you knit the center hole together? ( fill in the gap )? Do you know where i can go to see maybe a tutorial?

    • Ila
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 12:54 am | Permalink

      It’s like closing up the hole at the top of a hat – thread the tail of your yarn through a darning needle and sew through the edge stitch of each ridge around the center, then cinch it up and fasten it off. Then sew or weave the side seam.

      • Amanda
        Posted January 31, 2014 at 6:43 am | Permalink

        Thanks!! I’ve got it now :O)

    • Mom
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Amanda! Just do a running stitch with your tapestry needle and cinch it closed, then knot off the yarn and fasten off, weave in ends. Nothing to it. Hope that helps!

      • Amanda
        Posted January 31, 2014 at 6:44 am | Permalink

        Great! :O)

  28. Peggy Berry
    Posted February 1, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I want to thank you so much for this pattern. I love it, I not only got to finally finish a beautiful washcloth but, the mattress stitch, I had not only never done one but didn’t know what it was. I found a tutorial on u-tube and on my goodness, so easy, and my washcloths look beautiful. Thank You again. The things I have learned. :)

  29. Nancy
    Posted February 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Oh, oh, oh, I love this pattern! Thank you so much for giving it new life to all of us! And what an absolute treasure to find these instructions in their handwritten form. I had just found your blog and was excitedly knitting this wonderful washcloth when I got the message that my mother-in-law had just passed away. Every time we went to see her, I would knit or crochet her something, often a dishcloth. Very seldom did she use them, preferring to display them as a doily! So, I just wanted you to know that it brought me great comfort to be knitting this first lovely washcloth while thinking of my wonderful mother-in-law.

  30. Jo
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I love the look of these ‘almost lost washcloth!’ However I am unfamiliar with the wording of the instructions. 1) one of the pictures seemed to be using a circular needle. 2) what does ‘knit back’ mean? 3) ‘leaving 2 stitches?’
    Please help, I want to try these!

    • Mom
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

      Hello Jo, You could use a circular or straight needle to make this. It’s knit flat, going back and forth – not knit in the round. Knit back just means to turn your work around, (leaving the number of stitches it tells you to), and knit the other way. Hope that helps!

  31. Debbie
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    These are beautiful! Two questions: When the pattern says to knit, leaving 2 stitches and knit back…do I just turn the work around and knit back or is it a wrap and turn type of thing? Also, I am only 2 points in, but am not seeing the shape yet. Am I doing something wrong, or does it take knitting a few more points to see the pattern/shape? Thanks for your reply!

    • Mom
      Posted March 4, 2014 at 8:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Debbie, Yes, you’ve got it – just turn around and knit the other way – no wraps and turns. I would suspect you’ll see the shape emerge as you get farther along. Each point you knit is a little pie shaped segment. Hope that makes sense. Happy Knitting! :-)

  32. Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    What brand of yarn is everyone using? The sugar and cream and peaches and cream yarns fade when you wash them for all the work you do. One washing they look sub standard.

    • Mom
      Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sherry, I’ve only used the Sugar or Peaches and Cream. I know what you mean about the fading. I wash in cold water and hang them to dry rather than put them in the dryer and that lengthens their life and helps them retain their color and softness. I’ve been meaning to try Knit Picks Dishie. Maybe someone who has can weigh in on how it wears.

      • Krista
        Posted May 4, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

        I use Knit Picks ‘Dishie’ for a long. I haven’t had issues with the colors fading. I also like the way the yard holds up better and seems to improve over time (gets softer).

        • Krista
          Posted May 4, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

          Forgot to mention… it’s the yarn in the picture I posted at the beginning of the comments. :)

        • Mom
          Posted May 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

          I really want to try Dishie – I think you’ve pushed me over the edge and I’ll buy a couple balls! :-)

          • Krista
            Posted May 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

            You’ll notice right away it seems thin, but you’ll also notice it holds stiches better so you can do dish clothes with patterns in it and it seems to “pop”. I’ve never used peaches n creme, just Dishie and Lion Cotton… Now I only use dishie. The only issue I have is they seem to discontinue the colors I love, lol. Have fun! I hope you love it as much as I do

  33. Stacy
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I just discovered your pattern on Ravelry. This was so much fun to make. I love the way it looks – so much more fun than the traditional wash/ dish cloth. I like to make soap or buy nice soaps and make thick body cloths for gifts. One of these will be perfect in a beautiful cream color! In fact, I found your pattern on Friday and by Sunday, I had 4 finished already! This pattern is so much fun! The pattern repeats are easy enough to remember while watching t.v. with the family, but complex enough to produce that beautiful pinwheel. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this!!!

    • Mom
      Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for checking in to let us know how much you’re loving the pattern, Stacy! And the Barbie skirt thing? This just goes to show – I LOVE seeing what you all do with our patterns. Never underestimate the resourcefulness of knitters! :-)

  34. Stacy
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    One more thought – I discovered over the weekend, if you knit this pattern and at the end, sew the sides together, leaving the “hole” – you can drawstring the hole and make a barbie skirt out it.

  35. Marilyn Wetzel
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    This is a pattern I have knitted for years. In fact I bought my first pattern for 20 cents. I cast on 16 stitches for my dishcloth so I guess that makes it a little larger. I’m knitting one now and the next one I’ll knit using 14 stitches. They are fun and so pretty and different than the usual square one.

    • Mom
      Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      Sounds very similar indeed Marilyn! I agree – they’re definitely fun and a nice change from a dishcloth square! :-)

  36. Marilyn Wetzel
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I forgot to add to my comment that after the YO each row I knit 10, 9, 8, and 7. Then bind off the 4 stitches.

  37. Abby
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I came across your pattern via Pinterest and really like it. I was wondering what the rights were on it? I wouldn’t sell the pattern, but maybe the cloths themselves. Thanks

  38. brenda
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this pattern. I ran across it on Pinterest.

  39. Shannen
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    This is the pattern I learned to knit on! I love these dish cloths and lost the pattern a long time ago. I have been looking for it for years. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!

  40. dori
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    thank you so much for sharing. I just made this and love how it turned out. I learned how to do short rows :) I can see many many more of these on my needles.

    • Mom
      Posted March 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Yay! You’re so welcome, Dori! Glad it made you happy. :-)

  41. carolyn
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    wow I love them too sort of intermediate knitter

  42. Natalia
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I love this pattern I’m finishing up my first one. Quick question, am I knitting a total of 14 points or 15. :) Your pattern says “repeat for 14 points” I wasn’t sure if that was a total of 14 points or 14 more points, which would make it 15.

    Thanks! :)

    • Mom
      Posted March 31, 2014 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Natalia! I’ve been doing 14 points, but can’t be sure what the original author of the pattern had in mind. Perhaps some other knitters who have made this in the past can weigh in?

  43. Posted March 31, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I really like these washcloths! When I knit them according to the directions, the short rows leave small holes in my washcloth. These bug me and seem to be more noticeable after I cinch the middle closed. Do you have any suggestions to make them less noticeable or not present at all? Thank you in advance :)

    • Mom
      Posted March 31, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ellyn, when working short rows, you can wrap and turn the last stitch to close up those holes. If you need help learning that technique, there’s a great free class on Short Rows on Craftsy. Hope that helps!

  44. Posted April 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I just finished my dishcloth, and it was the first time using this pattern… what a fun knit! So quick and easy too!
    I have found it hard to find a dishcloth pattern that I like the look of when using variegated yarn, but this one fits the bill :) I’m craving some Spring-like colours, so I knit my first one using Bernat Handicrafter cotton in the colour Key Lime Pie, and already have my second one cast on and ready to go using the colour Meadow. Thanks so much, for sharing this wonderful pattern. I’m so happy it’s no longer “lost” and will be used by many knitters for generations to come!

  45. Lois Kimberly
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    What a wonderfu experience – with the “reading” of all these lovely ladies re: this pattern !!!! I have a “38 yr. old” grandaughter – the joy of my life – just made a “square” varigated face cloth for her – in “spring colors” – - SO anxious to try these, for her, in different, pretty colors !!!! Thank you for sharing this pattern :-)

    • Mom
      Posted April 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lois! How wonderful you knit washcloths for your Granddaughter! I’ll bet she adores them. I certainly love the ones my Mom in law made for me. Since she’s stopped knitting, (arthritis. Grrr!), I’ve had to pick up the job myself because I really hate to be without them. They’re so great! Squishy, absorbant and colorful – they make washing my face a joy! :-) How nice you can treat your beloved Grandgirl to such a nice little luxury! :-)

  46. Kay
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    This dish cloth is just precious. I have several friends that will be getting these for gifts. As I have read through the instructions and all the comments, I did not see the yarn yardage noted to complete this project. Any idea on how much yarn I need?

    • Mom
      Posted April 26, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kay, I can sometimes, but not always get two out of a ball of Peaches n’ Cream….so, about 70 yards, I think?

  47. Posted April 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I have made many over the years but this pattern is new and refreshing for me.Thanks for sharing.It’s very pretty!

    • Mom
      Posted May 5, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Wanda! Thanks for commenting! <3

  48. Posted May 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great pattern, I am new to knitting, but have been trying different dishcloth patterns. This is so pretty, who would want to yes them with dirty dishes? I had two small false starts, but got it on the third try. Two new techniques learned.

    • Mom
      Posted May 5, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Wonderful Beth! So glad you’ve enjoyed the pattern. :-)

  49. Theresa
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    I love this pattern, thank you so much for sharing it! I notice you mentioned above somewhere that you usually get (or nearly get!) two cloths out of a ball of Peaches and Cream yarn, ‘so about 70 yards’. I just looked for this yarn online and found that it is sold in 2oz balls – is this the size you use? Because it says on their website that it has 95yds, so I’m a bit confused!

    • Mom
      Posted May 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi Theresa, Okay. So it must be a little less than 50 yards. I just bought the standard sized balls of variegated Peaches n’ Cream at my local big box craft store. Thanks for helping to clarify. My Mother in law is the expert – she’s the one who made these for me. I’ve only made a few.

  50. Rhonda
    Posted May 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I have made 10 sections and it looks like the letter “S” not round like a pie. This is my third try. Each section is knitted correctly but connected they are shaped wrong. PLEASE HELP!!!

    Posted June 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Good Evening,

    This is such a pretty pattern. I am a new knitter and I was going to try it but I do not understand what this means:

    Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 4 stitches and knit back.

    I am using Sugar n Creame yarn and size 8.


    • Mom
      Posted June 10, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Rita – it just means to turn your work and knit back the other way when you get to the last 4 stitches. Hope that helps!

  52. Nancy
    Posted June 10, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I, too, have been making lots of these beautiful washcloths! Thank you again for posting the pattern! I’m wondering if there is a way to do the seam so the connection is not so obvious. I go back and forth with the seaming, not unlike the Kitchener stitch, but it ends up looking wide and flat. Thanks!

  53. Haley
    Posted June 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I love this pattern. I’m having no trouble getting them to the end but finishing them up has me a little confused. When I sew them together they aren’t very “neat” looking. Do you have any finished pictures you could share?

  54. Posted June 12, 2014 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU!!! I will be making some of these! Nancy

  55. Patti
    Posted June 12, 2014 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    I dont knit but could this be loom knitted? I only crochet and loom knit. I love the pattern though.

    • Mom
      Posted June 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Patti, I’m not real familiar with loom knitting, but I don’t think this would work on that, since it’s knit in pie shaped segments.

  56. Shirley
    Posted June 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing they are on my to do list

  57. Nancy
    Posted June 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link! I definitely was doing it wrong, so wonder they were wide seams; good grief!

    I must be a loose knitter; can’t imagine doing them with 8s! I use 6s for Sugar and Cream and 4s for Knit Picks Dishie. The Dishie is so nice to work with and I love that the yarn is so thin.

    Thanks again!

    • Mom
      Posted June 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      I need to try dishie! I’ve heard such good things!

  58. Iselin
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Really want try knit myself some of these…!! They are adorable! But what do you mean by “yarn over”?

    • Mom
      Posted June 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi lselin – here’s a video that shows how to do a yarn over. Hope it helps!

  59. MK
    Posted June 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve tried other versions of this circular pattern, but they usually involved way too much detail and tracking to get them to come out right. Yours is just perfect. Thank your Mom-In-Law for finding this! Many others will enjoy this cloth pattern and the ease in making them. :) MK

  60. Carrie
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    My new favorite shower/house-warming gift – tucked in a couple bars of homemade/handmade soap – what’s not to love.
    Thanks for sharing……..

  61. Iris
    Posted July 4, 2014 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    What am I doing wrong? On row 4 I have only eight stitches left after the yarn over. Nothing to knit before turning back. I tried leaving out the yarn over and just turned–and after casting off, I had 14 stitches. ???

    • Mom
      Posted July 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      Hello Iris, I’m finding it difficult to visualize what you’re describing. Are you knitting back after each step? The “knit back” means to turn your work and knit to the end of the row before going on to the next step.

  62. Mundai
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Thank you thank you for sharing this pattern! I make the square dishcloths my Grandma taught me, now I can give her some new shapes and colors as a gift! It will mean so much for me to share what she taught me, but without giving her something she already has 100 of.

    • Mom
      Posted July 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

      Wonderful Mundai! You’re quite welcome. :-)

  63. Patti B
    Posted July 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I have been looking for a round knit washcloth for a bit. I found this one and I was so excited. I grabbed some cotton and needles and went to town!! I am still new at short rows so it took 3 or 4 trys to get it right. I am now on my second one and love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. It seems the old ones are the best.

  64. Natalie Murray
    Posted July 15, 2014 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I will love making these for gifts for family members.
    Happy Knitting!!

  65. Kathleen Brown
    Posted July 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I have not made one yet. I plan to. I think I will leave enough open at the center so I can wring it out and put it over the spout of my liquid detergent bottle

    • Mom
      Posted July 20, 2014 at 7:22 am | Permalink

      What a clever idea, Kathleen! Love it!

  66. Posted July 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Each December at our large family Christmas party my mother, sister-in laws and sisters have a ” sister swap” where we exchange clever inexpensive but thoughtful gifts. This is it for me this year. I will be making 7 of these little gems! Thanks for the pattern.

    • Mom
      Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      Your sister swap sounds like such a great tradition, Jacqueline! I have to suggest this to my girls! Thanks for sharing!

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