This week on Ask Me Monday I show how to knit and crochet 4 great stitches for handmaking washcloths. What makes them great washcloth stitches? I consider a few things when designing a washcloth: texture (for exfoliation), row variations (for interest), and drape (so the piece will feel nice against one’s skin). Give the episode watch, then use the instructions below to take a few of my favorite washcloth stitches for a spin!
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Washcloth Stitches: KNIT
Double Moss Stitch
CO a multiople of 4.
Rows 1-2: K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 3-4: K2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern stitch.
CO multiple if 4 + 3.
Row 1: K3, *k1, p3; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 2 (and all WS rows): K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: Same as Row 5.
Row 5: K5, *k1, yo, s2kp, yo; rep. from * to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 6: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Repeat Rows 1-6 for pattern stitch.
Washcloth Stitches: CROCHET
Subtle Bobble Stripes
SPECIAL STITCH: MB (Make Bobble)
*Yarn over, insert hook in stitch and pull through a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops; working into the same st, rep from * three more times, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.
Ch a multiple of 4 + 3.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each st to end. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st to end. Turn.
Rows 4-5: Same as Rows 2-3.
Row 6: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, *MB in next st, dc in next 3 sts; repeat from * to end. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2-6 for pattern stitch.
Ch multiple of 4 + 2.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, and in every ch to end. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in next st, *BPdc in next 2 sts, FPdc in next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next st, *FPdc in next 2 sts, BPdc in next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2-3 for pattern stitch.
Washcloth Stitches: Put Your Skills to Work!
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