I am perpetually browsing Ravelry, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the fabulous patterns. Also sometimes wrinkling up my nose in confusion and/or honest disgust at some of the… shall we say “questionable” patterns. Some of the stuff people come up with is seriously out there. A while back I found this wash cloth pattern and fell in love. It’s different, and I love that about it. I must admit it does kind of make the OCD-laundry-folding part of me cringe a bit but it’s pretty enough I can tell that crazy person in my head to just shut up and deal with it.
I have only made three of them so far, but I will be making more. Partly because I really do love them that much and partly because I have probably over 1,000 yards of worsted cotton yarn and I don’t know what else to do with it.
The pattern is super simple, though perhaps a little vague so if you are new to knitting there might be some things you don’t understand. But if you know how to cast on, knit, and bind off – you can do this! Some things to note on this pattern that may help if you’re new to knitting and find the terms hard to understand:
“Until [x number of stitches] remain” – Work as directed until there are [however many stitches] left un-worked on the left-hand needle. This means that in the case of this pattern, you are starting with 14 stitches but on the second row (stated as row 1 of the pattern, it is written differently than most patterns are written which may also be confusing if you’re new to the craft) you will only work 12 of those 14 stitches. Leave the last two on the left needle; turn and work row 3 as normal, as if those last two stitches don’t even exist. You’ll eventually work them later in the pattern. This is called “short row shaping” and as the name implies it is a technique used to create curves and angles to give the finished piece the desired shape.
“Knit back” – Turn and knit across all stitches.
Each increase row will increase the total number of stitches on your needles by 1. After working the last increase row of the pattern, you should have 18 stitches total. On the next row you will cast off 4 of those stitches, taking you back to 14 stitches so you are ready to begin the increase rows again to begin making the next point.
You should see the points taking shape within the first couple of rows, and the overall shape of the cloth should become noticeable after working about 5-6 points.
You will work until you have 14 points total. The last row you work should be a repeat of row 5, the row in which you bind off 4 stitches then knit across the remaining stitches. After this, turn and bind off all stitches.
When binding off, leave a long enough tail to seam the cast on and bind off edges together, and to draw the circle closed in the center. Weave in the ends and you are done!
You can find the pattern on the Simply Notable blog by clicking here.
As an unrelated side note, I also made the “I ❤ Tawashis” pattern from the same site, which you can get by clicking here. I found this pattern to be a bit more advanced, and you will also need a crochet hook and will need to know how to chain and slip stitch for a small portion of the pattern. Also, after completing the crocheted chain when picking up the stitches to continue knitting, the pattern only says to “pick up” 9 stitches. You should “pick up and knit” 9 stitches. Yes, there is a difference in these two terms.