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Keep Me Clean Washcloths Digital Design

LEVEL: Beginner
LEARN HOW: cast on, knit, purl, read a chart, and bind off

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Materials:

YARN: 

Any DK cotton; we recommend Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton. Cotton will hold up to
wear better than wool for this project. In your beginner kit, we’ve included enough
yarn to make three washcloths. If you’re not using one of our kits, you will need at least
38 m (42 yds) of yarn per washcloth.
Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS:

Size 4 mm (US size 6) straight needles
Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends
Scissors (not included in the kit)

GAUGE:

22 stitches and 30 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch, although matching gauge exactly isn’t necessary for this project

FINISHED DIMENSIONS:

6.5" square (or the size you choose)

Getting Started:

For all abbreviations, please check the glossary at the end of the pattern. This pattern is for three separate washcloths. They each use about the same amount of yarn so you can mix and match. Each will teach knitting and purling and are good practice for learning to “read” the stitches in the row below.

Row House Pro Tip

It’s a good practice to keep a pencil with you to keep track of your rows. You can simply make a mark on the pattern for each row that you complete. Alternatively, you can purchase a row counter that sits on your needles that you increment each time you pass it.  

Washcloth 1 (Stockinette Stitch):

For all abbreviations please check the glossary at the end of the pattern.

Make a slipknot. To learn to make a slip knot CLICK HERE

Using the knitted cast-on, cast on (“CO”) 36 stitches. To learn to cast on CLICK HERE

Row 1-4: Knit (“K”) every stitch to the end of the row. To learn to knit CLICK HERE

Continue to knit every row. Knitting every row is called a “garter stitch” pattern. To see a video of garter stitch CLICK HERE.

Row House Pro Tip

When you are starting a new row, make sure you hold the yarn underneath and to the back of the needle, and make sure that you don’t accidentally create a new stitch by knitting into two loops of the first stitch. Don’t worry if the knitting looks loose just under the first stitch, as this will resolve itself once you start the next row.
CLICK HERE to see an example.


Row 5: K the first 4 stitches, move the yarn between your needles to the front of the work, then purl (“p”) the next 28 stitches, move the yarn between your needles to the back of the work, then k 4 stitches. To learn how to purl CLICK HERE.

Row 6: K all stitches.

Repeat

Repeat Rows 5 and 6 until the piece is 5½" long. When you knit a row and purl a row in this way, it makes the “stockinette stitch” pattern, so your washcloth will have stockinette stitch in the center with a garter stitch border.

Almost Done:

Knit 4 rows in garter stitch just like at the beginning.

Then on the next row, bind off (“BO”) all stitches. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.

Washcloth 2 (Broken Rib variation):

Make a slipknot. To learn to make a slip knot CLICK HERE.

Using the knitted cast-on, cast on (“CO”) 36 stitches. To learn to cast on CLICK HERE

Row 1-4: Knit (“K”) every stitch to the end of the row. To learn to knit CLICK HERE

Continue to knit every row. Knitting every row is called a “garter stitch” pattern. To see a video of garter stitch CLICK HERE.

Row 5: Knit all stitches.

Row 6: K4, p27, k4.

Row 7: K5, *p1, k1; repeat from * 12 more times, k4.

Row 8: K4, p27, k4.

Repeat Rows 5–8 until the piece is 5½" long.

Almost Done:

Knit 4 rows in garter stitch just like at the beginning.

Then on the next row, bind off (“BO”) all stitches. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.

Washcloth 3 (Flying Geese variation):

For this pattern we have included both written row-by-row instructions as well as a chart. Some people find it easier to follow the chart, others written lines. You should work one or the other, not both.

Make a slipknot. To learn to make a slip knot CLICK HERE

Using the knitted cast-on, cast on (“CO”) 36 stitches. To learn to cast on CLICK HERE

Row 1: K1, *p6, k6; repeat from * once more, p6, k5.

Row 2: P4, *k6, p6; repeat from * once more, k6, p2.

Row 3: K3, *p6, k6; repeat from * once more, p6, k3.

Row 4: P2, *k6, p6; repeat from * once more, k6, p4.

Row 5: K5, *p6, k6; repeat from * once more, p6, k1.

Row 6: *K6, p6; repeat from * 2 more times.

This completes the first section of “geese.” We will now reverse the direction of the pattern.

Row 7: *P6, k6; repeat from * 2 more times.

Row 8: K1, *p6, k6; repeat from * once more, p6, k5.

Row 9: P4, *k6, p6; repeat from * once more, k6, p2.

Row 10: K3, *p6, k6; repeat from * once more, p6, k3.

Row 11: P2, *k6, p6; repeat from * once more, k6, p4.

Row 12: K5, *p6, k6; repeat from * once more, p6, k1.

Repeat Rows 1–12 until piece measures 6".

Then on the next row, bind off (“BO”) all stitches. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.

The Chart:

Finishing:

Weave in all yarn ends using a tapestry needle. You can see examples of how to weave in yarn ends here.

Congratulations!

Once it is dry, you are done. Stand back and admire your work. You are a knitter.

We want to see your scarf, so please post a photo on Instagram or Facebook and use the tag #rowhouseknits

Glossary

BO: bind off
CO: cast on
K: knit
P: purl
RS:
right side
WS: wrong side

 

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