Now that it’s summer, all my knitting is moving towards light cotton, which means wash cloths! They are easy to knit up with light cotton, and a great thing to have in the summer to wash your face or just cool yourself off on a hot day. Even better, you can go crazy and make a bunch for holiday gifts (it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas)! Pair with your favorite soap and you’ve got a nice little gift for pampering.
If you’re a beginning knitter then this is the perfect pattern for you. It’s super simple–and more experienced knitters may think it’s a no-brainer–but I remember when I first started knitting I needed help just knowing how many stitches to cast on and what kind of measurements I was looking for in the finished piece. So even for the most basic of wash cloths, I always wished there was just a pattern for it, instead of having to piece together things I learned along the way. Here’s that pattern I always wished I had. Enjoy!
Basic Knit Wash Cloth
- US size 9/5.5 mm needles
- 50 yds worsted weight cotton yarn
- tapestry or yarn needle
- Cast on 35 stitches
- Knit each row until work reaches approx. 8 inches long
- Bind off loosely and weave in ends
Repeat for additional cloths. Hand wash and line dry for best care. Cotton is machine washable but will shrink if put in a dryer. Keep this in mind if you decide to throw it in the dryer.