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We are lacking washcloths in my house because I can never seem to find any that make me happy. I use them briefly before I can’t handle the feel anymore and turn them into cleaning rags. As we were searching for one the other evening, I thought about all the cotton yarn that had just arrived on my doorstep for other projects. Since one of those ongoing projects is comparing different brands and types of cotton yarn, I figured I may as use some to create this Twisted Knit Washcloth free pattern.

After a few versions of testing to determine the best cast-on method, edge stitches, and finishing, I arrived at this final Twisted Knit Washcloth pattern. It is an extremely versatile pattern that would also work incredibly well for dishcloths or cleaning rags. Since it’s essentially a simple stitch/row repeat, you can easily adapt it to work with any weight of yarn* and create any size cloth – from a small baby-size to a large dishcloth.

I’ve been really enjoying using my knit washcloth with my new handmade soap 😊 Check out my post on Melt and Pour Soap Basics to see how easy soapmaking can be. Packaging these two together also makes for a cute, quick, and personalized handmade gift. The Twisted Knit Washcloth should make for a popular product to sell, either with or without handmade soap. There are many unique ways to package them together, as well as creating a wide range of soap styles to make them gifting-specific for different holidays or events.

*Due to the high absorbency of 100% cotton yarn, I would recommend not exceeding an Aran/light worsted weight yarn. During my shower tests, my preference was for the DK yarn options. I could work up an adequate lather, but it was still easy to quickly squeeze out the excess water to help prevent mold.

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Materials for Twisted Knit Washcloth

100% Cotton Yarn – I recommend DK weight, but you can use any weight. The beige sample was made with Berroco Pima 100 in Barley and the green in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Racing Green.


Straight Knitting Needles.


Notes for Twisted Knit Washcloth

Yarn, Gauge, and Size Variables (Gauge in st st on 4″ (10 cm) square)

The following sizes are simply handy references of approximate sizes using the given gauge. You are free to make your washcloth any size you desire.

With DK weight yarn and gauge of 22 sts x 28 rows:

Cast-on 38 sts for 6″ square, 50 sts for 8″ square, 64 sts for 10″ square, 82 sts for 13″ square.

With Aran weight yarn and gauge of 18 sts x 24 rows:

Cast-on 32 sts for 6″ square, 42 sts for 8″ square, 52 sts for 10″ square, 68 sts for 13″ square.

With Worsted Weight yarn and gauge of 16 sts x 22 rows:

Cast-on 28 sts for 6″ square, 38 sts for 8″ square, 48 sts for 10″ square, 64 sts for 13″ square.

 Special Stitches

C2R – Sl 1 st onto cable needle (CN) and hold in front, K1, then K1 from CN.

C2LT- Sl 1 st on CN and hold in back, K1, then K1tbl from CN.

Twisted Knit Washcloth Free Pattern

Using the long-tail method, cast-on sts in multiples of 2 (see guide above for some size references).

Row 1 (WS): S1P WYIF, K1, P to last 2 sts, K1, P1.

Row 2: S1P WYIF, K1, [C2R] to last 2 sts, K1, P1.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1.

Row 4: S1P WYIF, K2, [C2LT] to last 3 sts, K2, P1.

Repeat Rows 1 -4 until piece measures just shy of square, ending with any RS row. BO on WS in pattern (sl the 1st st, K the next, etc).


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