Happy Washcloth – free knitting pattern


I really like the fabric that this pattern yields. It’s sturdy, with a very pretty pattern. It would work great for bags, cushions, chair covers etc, too.

When casting on, bear in mind that it pulls in a lot compared to stockinette stitch. I’d say, cast on 1/4 or 1/3 more stitches than you normally would. Also use needles 1-2 sizes smaller for cast on, row 0, last row and cast off to avoid ruffles that I have.

You will need yarn in three colours.

With colour A and smaller needles, cast on odd number of stitches.

Row 0 (wrong side) – purl. – set up row.

Switch to colour B and larger needles.

Row 1. (k1, slip 1 st with yarn in front of work), k1. Switch to colour C.

Row 2. k1, (p1, slip 1 stitch with yarn behind work), p1, k1 Switch to colour A.

Continue, alternating between rows 1 and two, switching colours at the end of each row.

To finish off, end work when you use colour C for wrong side. Switch to colour A and smaller needles. Knit 1 row. Purl and bind off the next row.

Weave in ends.


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    One question: At the end, where you say, “Purl and bind off the next row.”
    Do you mean to purl a row then bind off the next row? Or do you mean to bind off with the purl row? As in binding off in purl.
    Thanks for answering.

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