A hybrid of Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth, this free knitted washcloth pattern brings together everything I love about hand knit washcloths. It’s squishy and absorbent, extra pretty with that lovely lace inset, works well with variegated yarns, and all those little garter bumps make it extra scrubby for just the right amount of cleansing action.
If you’ve been wanting to try knitting lace, this simple seven stitch repeat is a great way to start. Keeping your place in lace knitting is part of the trick, so even though it isn’t too challenging, this pattern has you place a marker before and after the lace panel. That way you always have a visual on how many stitches you should have in each section and can catch mistakes early.
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finished size: approximately 8 inches square, depending on your gauge
US 7 needles
worsted weight cotton yarn
LR1: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1
LR2: p2tog, yo, p3, yo, p2tog
LR3: k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
LR4: p2, yo, p3tog, yo, p2
cast on 4 stitches
First row: knit
Increase row: k2, yo, k to end of row
repeat the increase row until there are 12 stitches on the needle
Row 1: k2, yo, pm, knit LR1, pm, k to end
(for subsequent repeats of Row 1, replace “pm” with “k to marker”)
Row 2: k2, yo, k to marker, sm, knit LR2, sm, k to end
Row 3: k2, yo, k to marker, sm, knit LR3, sm, k to end
Row 4, k2, yo, k to marker, sm, knit LR4, sm, k to end
repeat the above 4 rows six more times until there are 40 stitches on the needle
Decrease Row: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to marker, sm, knit LR1, sm, k to end
continue repeating the decrease row, knitting next lace row in pattern until there are 16 stitches left on the needle
finishing row: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end, removing markers as you come to them.
repeat finishing row until 4 stitches are left on needle.
Bind off and weave in ends.
Dampen cloth and gently pat into shape, securing corners. Block lace by pulling open and securing with pins to open design.
Blocking isn’t 100% necessary. These cloths are pretty without it, but just a small amount of effort spent here makes a beautifully finished product for gifting or display.
I think you’re worth it!