Squishy Washy knitted washcloth

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen.

I’m so exited! This is actually my first post, and to celebrate that, I’ll give you a free pattern for a knitted washcloth.


Knitted and crocheted washcloths have become very popular lately, because the store bought and mass produced cloths are basically made of plastic, which will end up in nature at some point……and we really don’t want that to happen, do we? Just think of the poor animals, who end up with our plastic waste in their stomachs!


Apart from that, it’s so much more satisfying to make them yourself, and they can be used over and over again (saving you money)!! – so really, there’s no downside to making your own washcloth or dishcloth. You can make them for both bathroom and kitchen. You can even personalise them to every member of the family, so everyone has their own. Now that’s cool, right?


So……let’s get started:

What you need:

Cotton wool. I used KingCole Cottonsoft DK, 100g. I managed to get 4 washcloths out of 1 ball. You can see the colours here

Knitting needles size 4mm (UK size 8, US size 6)

Darning needle for weaving in ends

Nice pattern, right?

How to do it:

The stitch count is 10 if you want to make the washcloth smaller or larger and I have 3 edge stitches on both sides (+6)

Cast on 46 sts and knit 4 rows. TIP: Start all rows with sl1 pwise k2 (this makes a nice even edging). End all rows with k3.


Row 1 – right side: *Purl 1, knit 1.* Rep from * to * (Remember the edge stitches)
Row 2: *Purl 2, (knit 1, purl 1) 3 times, knit 2* Rep from * to *
Row 3: *Purl 3, (knit 1, purl 1) twice, knit 3* Rep from * to *
Row 4: *Purl 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 4* Rep from * to *
Row 5: *Purl 5, knit 5* Rep from * to *
Row 6: *Purl 5, knit 5* Rep from * to *
Row 7: *Knit 1, purl 4, knit 4, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 8: *Purl 1, knit 1, purl 3, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 9: *Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 2, knit 2, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 10: *Purl 1, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 11: *Knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 12: *Purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 2, purl 2, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 13: *Knit 1, purl 1, knit 3, purl 3, knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 14: *Purl 1, knit 4, purl 4, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 15: *Knit 5, purl 5* Rep from * to *
Row 16: *Knit 5, purl 5* Rep from * to *
Row 17: *Knit 4, purl 1, knit 1, purl 4* Rep from * to *
Row 18: *Knit 3, (purl 1, knit 1) twice, purl 3* Rep from * to *
Row 19: *Knit 2, (purl 1, knit 1) 3 times, purl 2* Rep from * to *
Row 20: *Knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Repeat Rows 1 – 20 3 times

Knit 4 rows. Bind off but leave 1 stitch on the needle. Knit this stitch 15 times (for the loop). Bind off. Weave the ends in…….aaaaaaaaaand you’re done – well almost. Sit back and enjoy your work…….go on you’re entiteld. Pretty isn’t it?


Feel free to share and create, but please link to my page and give me credit. Don’t claim it as your own because that’s not nice ya know.

If in doubt, you’re always welcome to message me.

Thank you for understanding 


26 Replies to “Squishy Washy knitted washcloth”

  1. Hurray for your first post, and hurray for us, too, as beneficiaries of your free pattern. I love geometric designs, and this looks like a soft puzzle. Thank you.

  2. Love this pattern. Thanks so much. Quick and easy, have just done the first pattern and now for the repeats. ❤️

    1. Thank you Val xx. It’s as you say – a quick and easy pattern but you don’t get bored. I’ve made loads now and still enjoy the pattern 😀

    1. The stitch count is 10. It’s good information to have so I’ll put that in the pattern. Thank you Brenda xx

      1. Thank you for answering my question so quickly! I have very small hands and much prefer a smaller cloth! I forgot to mention in my previous post how much I admire this pattern and can’t wait to try it!

        1. I’m trying to get back to people as quick as possible, but time differences and life sometimes gets in the way :-). I’m glad you like the pattern and I’m sure you’ll enjoy making the washcloth xx

  3. Dear Lone
    In this moment I’m sitting in our lovely homecar with a nice cup of tee. Bird’s are singing, the lake is just infront me, and the weater is a little bit claudy. BUT most of all, i’m knitting the beatiful washcloth after the pattern you have sent.
    It is very easy to follow, and I loking forward to se the result.
    Thank’s for your inspiring block.
    Best regard
    From your sister

    1. Hello dear sister xx. I’m not jealous at all!! (of course I am) :-*. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your washcloth next time we Skype. Give my favourite brother in-law a big hug xx

  4. I’m puzzled. How come you cast on 46 stitches, but your rows don’t add up to 46 stitches. Are there some repeats in there?

    1. Hi Kathy. The stitch count is 10 and I have 3 edge stitches on both sides (+6), which means that I knit 3 sts, repeat the pattern 4 times and then knit 3 sts on each row = 46 sts. I have 68 rows in my washcloth because with my knitting tension, it makes a square. Does this answer your question or have I totally misunderstood you? 🙂

  5. I just finished the washcloth and like the pattern a lot. Thanks for sharing. I’m only an average knitter and usually only knit simple things. So, my question is, at the end of the washcloth, you say to leave one stitch on the needle after binding off and then to knit this stitch 15 times for the loop. I wasn’t sure how you did this, so I just ended the bind off as I usually do. Could you please explain how you do this? Thanks

    1. Hi Betsy. I’m glad you like the pattern and find pleasure in making the washcloth. I wanted to make it simple, but may have made myself harder to understand lol. The last stitch knitted 15 times, is basically a crochet chain, which forms the loop used to hang the washcloth. You just pull the wool through the last stitch and repeat this until you have 15 stitches in a long chain. I don’t know how else to explain it, but I’ll be happy to take some pictures of the process if you like 🙂

  6. Has anyone tried to make this into a crib blanket? (different yarn perhaps – and much bigger). It reminds me of tumbling block quilt patterns and seems like it would be really cute.

    1. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m going to make it with an Aran or chunky Merino wool. I think that would be nice. If you try it before me, let me know how you’re doing xx

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