Sploshy Washcloth {Free Pattern}

Sploshy WashclothsBefore I learned crocheting or knitting I couldn’t understand why someone would want to use pretty hand crocheted or hand knit washcloths or dishcloths.  It didn’t make any sense.  I could just buy a much cheaper version from the store and I wouldn’t feel sad when they got dirty or fell apart.

That was of course until I crocheted my own and then knit my own.

First of all knitting or crocheting them is a great way for beginners to learn new stitches and improve their skills without worrying about ruining expensive yarn and they are quick to finish and don’t use up a lot of yarn.

I like my dishcloths on the smallish side and I like them textured too.  It is also best to use 100% cotton because it is really absorbent and hey that is what washcloths need to do right?

 

The yarn I used is mystery cotton but I am guessing it is light worsted or DK weight.

Materials

2 stitch markers

Tapestry needles

Size 6 (4mm) needles

A skein of worsted weight ( my 50gm ball made two washcloths and I still had leftover yarn)

Pattern

Cast on 35 stitches

Row 1 – 8 : Knit

Place stitch markers after the 4th stitch and before the last 4 stitches to mark the garter border.
For all rows knit to the first stitch marker and continue with pattern below, and then knit from the second stitch to the end.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: *K1,P1*, K1

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: *P1, K1*, P1

Repeat rows 9 – 12, 9 more times

Repeat rows 1 – 8 once.

Bind off and weave in any ends.

 

That’s it.

Of course you could make a cup of coffee and cast on another one.

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My Creative Space: Bumpy Crochet Dishcloth {How to}

Green Dishcloth

After knitting a dishcloth and using it for some time I realized that dishcloths really are awesome.  I then made another one using the same yarn but smaller needles.  Then I decided to use some leftover cotton to make a crochet one.  At first I had no idea what to do with them, then found out that they are pretty little things that make wiping counters and drying dishes so much more fun.  Some people use them to wash dishes but I prefer to use my tawashis for that.

I’ve also learned:

  • Cotton is better for dishcloths because it is more absorbent.
  • The tighter the fabric is the better.  Dishcloths need to be dense.
  • You can throw them in the washing machine without worrying.
  • They are environmentally friendly,  they can be used to soak up spills instead of kitchen towels.
  • They are great for practicing different stitches.
  • They are quick to make and can also be used as washcloths and facecloths.

Green Dishcloth

Want to make one?

Here’s how:

Stitches between asterisks ** are to be repeated

I used Coats India Cinderella and 3.5 mm hook

Starting Chain: Chain 37 {or any odd number depending on the size you want to make}

Row 1 : SC in the next 36 stitches. [36 SC]

Row 2: Turn, chain 1 and SC in same stitch, DC in next stitch *SC, DC* across [36 stitches]

Row 3 – 30 : Repeat row 2.

In the next rows you will be SCing in DCs and DCing in SCs.

Row 31: Turn, chain 1 and SC in same stitch, SC across [36 SC]

Finish off and weave in ends.

You can SC around the dishcloth for a neater edge but I liked the raw bumpy edge.

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This is my own pattern please do not copy it, I don’t mind if you make these and sell them, but it would be nice if you reference this pattern.

My Creative Space: More Knitting

More knitting practice.

This is my first washcloth ever.  I’ve never crocheted one.

It was easy and simple.

And guess what?

I forced myself to knit continental.  😀

Pattern from ravelry:  All Washed Up

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