Free Pattern: Basic Knit Wash Cloth

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 washcloth

Basic Knit Wash Cloth

  • US size 9/5.5 mm needles
  • 50 yds worsted weight cotton yarn
  • tapestry or yarn needle
  1. Cast on 35 stitches
  2. Knit each row until work reaches approx. 8 inches long
  3. 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.


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