Friday, January 6, 2012

so-simple wash cloth recipe

I always like to have one super, super easy project going for the times when I want to knit, but am too tired to knit anything that requires any form of brain power. Lately? I've been churning out these wash cloths like crazy. They knit up so fast it's the closest I can come to instant gratification knitting!

I cannot claim this as an original design--it is one of those so easy, so frequently shared patterns that it would be almost impossible to trace its true origin (I think it's frequently referred to as "Grandma's Favorite Washcloth"). It was passed on to me from one of my knitting guild friends, Jane. It's the perfect project for the beginning knitter: the materials are cheap, it requires little counting, and you never purl. And it's the perfect brainless project for the advanced knitter who wants a fun project that doesn't require thinking!

Cast on 3 stitches.
Knit 2 rows.
K2, yarnover (yo), knit across.
Repeat until you have reached the desired width of your wash cloth.
Now begin decreasing:
K1, K2tog, yo, K2tog, knit across
Repeat until 6 stitches remain.
K2tog, K2tog, K2tog.
Bind off.


  1. I like the color and the striping that this project ended up with. It looks like a really strong product that will last a while!

  2. That looks familiar - it's a very cute and practical pattern, isn't it? I also like the Chinese waves dishcloth for a chunkier fabric. Pretty in pink!

  3. My next big project is a bunch of crochet washcloths and potholders for the kitchen, so thanks for the pattern!

  4. I'm going to have to try this, because I find kitchen sponges pretty gross. I've been using some store bought dish clothes but I don't like them much. I'll try these - they're cute and I can throw them in the wash :)