I love knitting, and I constantly push myself a little further in knowledge and skill by trying new stitches, methods and projects. Yet some of the most fun projects are those simple, easy little ones that you can whip out in no time. I have a love-hate relationship with knitting blankets – they can take so long to finish, that you lack the triumphant feeling of finishing and accomplishing. With smaller projects, you get that satisfaction of a completed project much sooner! Sometimes I will even take a break from larger projects to do something smaller, just as a refreshing distraction.
I knit mostly in the evenings, once my daughter has gone to bed, and we’ve settled down for the day. It’s a great way to satisfy my need to keep my hands busy and make the most of my time, as well as indulge in a favorite pastime that can be harder to do during the day.
One easy project that I fall back on when I have “nothing to do”, is making wash cloths. These are super easy, and I can usually whip one up in under an hour, depending on the stitch and size. I like using fluffy, cotton yarns for these – something that has body, is gentle on skin, and holds up to washing. Acrylic blends work well too.
Today I am sharing two styles – one with the daisy knit stitch, and one in basket weave. Both stitches are great for beginners who are expanding their stitch library, as they make for “easy-to-read” knitting – i.e. – you will see a mistake and be able to correct yourself, or pick up where you left off without panicking about where you are in the pattern. There are a lot of tutorials out there for visual learners (like myself), if you need to see how the stitch is actually done.
Daisy Stitch Wash Cloth
This one is my absolute favorite. This stitch creates little “daisies” by purling stitches together, and adding them back in. These daisies are little bumps that give your knit a really lovely feel and quality. It’s also super easy to do, and after a few rows, I am sure you won’t need to look at the pattern anymore!
Since I make mostly of these for washing my face, or for my daughter’s bath, I like a smaller wash cloth, and this pattern will create a 6.5″ X .6.5″ square wash cloth with most yarns. (Larger, bulky yarns, or very thin weight yarns will cause the wash cloth to come out bigger/smaller, so keep this in mind.)
Needles: Size 6 (4.00mm)
Yarn: Cotton or acrylic blend, worsted weights work well
- Cast on 29 stitches
- Row 1 – Knit 29 stitches
- Row 2 – K1, *Daisy Stitch, K1* K1 (See below instructions on how to knit the daisy stitch)
- Row 3 – K29
- Row 4 – K1, P1, K1, *Daisy Stitch, K1*, P1, K1
- Row 5 – K29
- Repeat Rows 2-5 for 29 rows, cast off on Knit row
Daisy Stitch: This stitch may sound complicated at first, but I promise it is very simple once you get the hang of it, and get into a rhythm. Daisy stitch is knit in multiples of three. For those familiar with knitting lingo, the basics are: P3TOG, don’t drop the stitches off the needles yet, YO, Purl same 3TOG, drop off needle.
Here’s a breakdown: First, purl 3 stitches together (p3tog), do not drop them off the needle yet, then bring your working yarn over (yo) your right hand needle, and slide your needle back into the three stitches you just purled together, and purl them together (p3tog) again. At this point, you should now have three new stitches on your right needle, and the original three you just worked on the left. Now you can take the original three off, and continue on
Basketweave Knit Wash Cloth
Basketweave is also a stitch that looks complicated, and you may even get nervous there is some cabling in there, as some rows appear to overlap others. This stitch is actually really easy, and the overlap look is just created by alternating sections of purl and knit stitches. It is another stitch that you will be able to easily work without reading a pattern once you get the hang of it.
Needles: Size 6 (4.00mm)
Yarn: Cotton or acrylic blends, worsted weights work well
- Cast on 25 stitches
- Row 1: *K5, P5*
- Row 2: *P5, K5*
- Rows 3, 5 – As Row 1
- Rows 4, 6 – As Row 2
- Row 7 – *P5, K5*
- Row 8 – *K5, P5*
- Rows – 9, 11 – As Row 7
- Rows 10, 12 – As Row 8
- Repeat Rows 1-12 four times (48 rows)
- Cast off
Hopefully you enjoy these two stitches as much as I do, and add them to your stitch library. If you love the idea of them, but still aren’t ready to try these stitches out yourself, or just want me to make your wash cloths for you, no problem! I have beautiful 3-packs of daisy stitch wash cloths up for sale in my Etsy shop, made with a super soft, fluffy yarn. Currently available in soft white and natural.