Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

A Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern with Crocheted Picot Edge…perfect for gifting or for your own ‘home spa.’

I really enjoyed the quick knit of my last washcloth.  After knitting up a couple of them, I was ready for another hand knit washcloth pattern.  I like the Chinese Wave Pattern for the loft it creates.  It has a thickness to it that you just don’t get with a garter stitch.

In addition to the texture, it is a very pretty pattern.  I see diamonds in the pattern more than waves, but that’s just me.

My daughter wants to use these in her bathroom, so I added a crochet picot edge, which really upped the charm of the washcloth.

I can also see knitting up a bunch of these and using them as gifts, with some soap or bubble bath. They really have a ‘spa’ look and feel to them.

This Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern is really relatively easy, but you do need to pay attention to what row you need to start.  The slipped stitch makes the stitch twist, so if you have to rip out a row, it makes it more difficult to get the twist right and you’ll notice a slight difference in that row.

After detailing the Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern, I explain how I stayed on track.

Materials Needed for the Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern

Will make 2 12.75″ x 12.75″ knit & crochet washcloths:

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 Knitting and Crocheting Terms used:

K  Knit

Sl1 Slip next stitch from left-hand needle to right without working.  I slip knitwise.

SC Single Crochet

Ch  Chain Stitch

Hand Knit Washcloth Pattern Instructions (12.75″ x 12.75″), using the Chinese Wave Pattern with Picot Edging:

If you want to resize your washcloth, I have explained that process on this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth or Towel.

Cast on 49 stitches (or an odd number stitches)

1st row K

2nd row K1,*Sl1 K1* repeat from *to* for rest of row

3rd row K

4th row K2 *Sl1 K1*  repeat until arrive at the last 3 stitches, then Sl1, K2

5th row K

Repeat rows 2-5 for the remainder of the pattern until your work measures 11.25 inches, ending with a Knit row.

(How I stayed on track with the Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern: This isn’t rocket science, but had I thought about it at the beginning, I wouldn’t have one washcloth that has a bit of a wonky row right in the middle.  You’ll be starting your sl stitch row after you’ve knit a row.  Pay attention to the last 3 stitches of the knit row.  If your slip stitch is 2 stitches from the end, you’ll start with the K2 row.  If your slip stitch is 3 stitches from end, you’ll start with the K1 row.  Obviously, a row counter would help too, but I’ve just never been able to remember to change my row, so I’m back in the same position. )

Bind off, but don’t cut yarn.

 Using crochet hook, SC into each Stitch.  It’s pretty easy to see where to pick up on your cast on and cast off row, but a little harder on the sides.  This picture shows, that on the back side of your piece, you can see the ‘valleys’ in the pattern on the sides of washcloth.

Put your crochet hook in these valleys on the sides.  I try to catch the yarn tails from my cast on so that they’re wrapped in the SCs.  Makes it nice not to have loose tails.Where to pick up for crochet edge

When you come to one of your corners, you’ll want to SC in the last stitch before you turn.  Then work 2 chains on top of that stitch and then SC back in the same stitch.First Step in turning corner

2nd step in turning corner

 Third step in turning corner

When you get back to where you started, you’ll start your picot.

Work a SC into the first stitch, then before you put crochet hook back into the fabric, work 2 chain stitches (like you did on the corner)1st step in picot stitch

Then put your hook back in the 2 stitches made by the single crochet2nd step in picot stitch

3rd step in picot stitch

You will now have 3 stitches on your hook.  Grab the yarn and pull it through the 3 stitches, leaving only one stitch on your hook.  There’s your first picot.

So the picot pattern is like this:

Picot in 1 stitch

SC in next stitch

Repeat this pattern until the end of your work and work your tail into the pattern.

These knit up quickly and are perfect for your home or for gifting.  If you choose to gift some of these like I’ll be doing, add these washcloths to a couple of other items for a perfect gift.

Pairing your washcloth with any of these ‘pink’ products would make such a fun and girly gift.

Or for a more subdued, spa-like gift:

 

Best Yarns to Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths:

In general, you want an unmercerized cotton as the mercerization process makes less absorbent material.

Happy Knitting my friends! If you have a favorite hand knit washcloth pattern, I’d love to see it.  Pin this Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern for your future reference.Chinese Wave Knit Washcloth Pattern, suggested materials and instructions for a hand knit washcloth with crocheted picot edging. Perfect for your own home or gift giving.

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52 Comments

  1. Daniel

    May 19, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Really lovely design, I need to try it out soon, it’ll make a nice gift.

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    • lynn

      May 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Daniel. I’m going to be making quite a few for my daughter and her roommate as they head to college this fall.

      Reply
    • Hilary

      February 25, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks for the beautiful pattern! I’m new to your website. Do you have a print-friendly option?

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      • lynn

        February 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

        Hi Hilary! So glad you found my blog and my patterns. Access to a printable version of my patterns is available to all my subscribers; a password is sent upon subscribing. Let me know if you have a problem accessing it and I will gladly help.

        Have a great evening.

        Hugs, Lynn

        Reply
  2. julia

    May 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    : Beautiful it looks like you are slipping knit wise. I make this pattern a lot but I slip purl wise. This will give you the waves. But I love yours, especially the crochet edge. I will try that. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Joan

    May 23, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I like this

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    • lynn

      May 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks so much Joan! I enjoy knitting them!

      Reply
  4. lynn

    June 9, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Hi Shieal, thanks for noticing my washcloth and for your kind words. It is very much appreciated

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    • Subhashini

      October 2, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Lovely design. Thank you for sharing. Would be making it soon.

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      • lynn

        October 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

        Thanks! Hope you enjoy the pattern. If you’re on the east coast like I am, this will be a good weekend to stay inside and knit!

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        • Subhashini

          October 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

          Yes, I am on east coast. Planned to travel to Vermont to see foliage.. Had to cancel and stay indoors !
          Thanks again for your pattern and photos .

          Reply
  5. Susan

    October 27, 2015 at 8:25 am

    very pretty! On the slipped stitches, are they slipped knitwise or purlwise and with yarn in front or back?

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    • lynn

      October 27, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Susan, I know I slip knitwise so I’m pretty sure the yarn is in the back. I think if you slop purlwise it’s a little looser. Enjoy!

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  6. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    January 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

    This is a gorgeous wash cloth! And I love how talented and multi-faceted you are!!! I knit, but I don’t crochet, I may have to attempt this with your direction! Pinning! Thanks for the details, it really is a lovely pattern!

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    • lynn

      January 11, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      That washcloth was one of the first things I put a crochet edge on. Just taught myself last year…there is certainly a difference, but I feel if you can do one you can do the other. Give it a try!
      Hugs

      Reply
  7. Shae

    January 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Lynn I haven’t crochet in very long time , can I please more details on edge pattern . Do I picot chain 1 then sc in next stitch? Might need help with corners all. I love love love your patterns taught myself to knit this past summer! Thank you

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    • lynn

      February 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Shae, I just discovered this comment from last month. I am very hopeful that you were successful with the crochet edging. Do stop back by and let me know how it turned out!

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  8. Shae

    January 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Lynn I haven’t crochet in very long time , can I please more details on edge pattern . Do I picot schain 1 then sc in next stitch? Might need help with corners all. I love love love your patterns taught myself to knit this past summer! Thank you

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    • lynn

      January 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Shae, yes you do a picot chain in 1, then a sc in 1, then picot in 1, then sc in 1 and so one. Does this help? If not, write back and I’ll b glad to help.

      Reply
  9. Shae

    January 11, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you Lynn , after finishing 1 picot do I chain 1 before sc in next stitch or just sc? Any suggestions for corners? Thank you so much!

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  10. Shae

    January 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Lynn, I’m practicing on swatch before I actually implement on my piece. I’m having trouble with corners , how did you stitch corners when adding the sc edge, and with the picot? I’m really having fun with this! Thank you so much for the guidance !

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    • lynn

      January 12, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Shae, O.K. here’s the rub. I have given all my picot edged washcloths to my daughter so I don’t have one at home to see exactly what I did on the corners. I’ve been having her send me photos of the corners, but I’m still having a hard time seeing exactly what’s going on. But…I ‘think’ , underscore ‘think’ that I just worked whatever came next when I came to a corner. However, I would find a way to work an extra sc or 2 in as well on that corner. If it’s a picot then I’d add another sc into the same stitch you worked the picot. Think I probably tried to get a picot at each corner since that looks nicer.
      Does that make sense?

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  11. Shae

    January 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Even and square on foundation sc corners.

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    • lynn

      January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Got it…good luck with the corners and let me know if I can help any more.

      Reply
  12. lynn

    January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    you are so welcome. let me know how it goes.

    Reply
  13. Shae

    January 25, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Lynn, I have finished this and ready to put the border on yay! Just measured it it came out 11x 9 not sure why this happened? Also when it says ac in each stitch is that each stitch or each chain ! Thank you, it’s so pretty!

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    • lynn

      January 26, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Good Morning Shae…yay! Could you add another 2″ to make it a square? Completely up to you. Are you asking about starting your edging? If so, you are doing a sc into each space between the knit stitches. Look at the third photo in the post, see that hole made between the two knit stitches? That’s where you’ll put your crochet hook in to attach the yarn for the edge. Does that make sense? If not, let me know.
      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  14. Shae

    January 26, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Good morning Lynn. I’m on the cat off row,I started in the holes and didn’t look right to me so I ripped it out and went thru chain stitches? I think I’m a tight knitter , I cast on 49 and used size 6 needles, came out 11.25 length and 9 for width. Thank you
    Shae

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    • lynn

      January 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Shae…I can’t quite picture what you’re saying…how’s it working?

      Reply
  15. Shae

    January 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I put the sc in the chain of the cast off row as you would if putting them in chain row in Crocet under the 2 feet of the chain , does that make sense?

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    • lynn

      January 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      I think that makes sense and I think that’s probably right. The image in my post is for the side, which is more challenging, i think, than the cast of row. sounds like you’re on the right path.

      Keep me posted, Lynn

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  16. Shae

    February 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Lynn, turned out great. Also completed the cable lattice as well. I’m not sure why mine come out ruffly looking? Also I never get 11×11. My mom and sister loved them they were gifts for them.

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  17. Kim

    February 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Hi Lynn – I want to try this pattern but I don’t know what you all are talking about when you say you slip knit wise or purl wise. Can you explain a bit more? thanks Kim

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    • lynn

      February 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Kim, to slip knit wise means to insert your needle in the next stitch as if you were going to knit it, but don’t knit it, just slip it on to your right hand needle. To slip purl wise means to insert your needle into the next stitch as if you were going to purl it, but slip it off onto your left hand needle.
      Does this make sense?
      If not, let me know.

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      • Kim

        February 29, 2016 at 2:03 pm

        Thank you Lynn. Yes it does make sense but it makes me wonder – which way is best? I assume that each stitch looks different from the other. Is it just a matter of taste? Thanks, Kim

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  18. lynn

    February 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Kim, I slip knitwise, which I think results in a tighter cloth. But yes, it is just a matter of personal preference. Have fun!

    Lynn

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  19. Camille

    March 2, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Hi Lynn. I am practicing this pattern before I start with my cotton. I’m a good knitter, not great and I usually keep the pattern in my head and count things like you do. For the life of me I cannot tell which is the slip stitch once I have knitted a row over it. I’m trying to keep from keep track of rows like you do. Can you give me an idea of how to tell which is slipped? Asking a lot I know. Thanks.

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    • lynn

      March 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Camille…the best thing I can recommend is to use a row counter and whether the slip row is an odd or even row. I can tell you that I ripped out many rows before I became disciplined enough to do that. I don’t typically use row counters, but they are vital for this pattern.

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  20. Joy

    April 20, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I have never used cotton before, is one brand new tter than another. I really like the pattern and I will try it! Thanks

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    • lynn

      April 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Joy, the cotton I use is really rather inexpensive. As it is just for washcloths, I hate to spend too much money on the yarn. I just like to stick with 100% cotton.Thanks for swinging by. Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  21. Shelly

    September 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Your wash cloth is beautiful. I can’t seem to get mine to look like that. I’m adding the edging but it looks more like a ruffle. I am using a size I hook. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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    • lynn

      September 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Shelly, I’m guessing that you didn’t pick up enough stitches when you started your crochet round. Sometimes it’s hard to see them all. Since you’ve done the hard stuff (that Chinese Wave is the hardest part!), I’d take off the crochet edge and start again. Here’s a link to a youtube video that may be helpful. It’s a bit harder to see with the Chinese Wave, but just make sure that on the sides you pick up as many rows as you have and on the top and bottom what your cast on was, give or take just a few.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_06gqkDpR0

      Come back and let me know if you got it.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  22. Lisa

    April 6, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Hi thank you for the pattern…..I followed the pattern but mine didn’t come beautiful like yours ? I don’t know what I did wrong.

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  23. Lisa King-Boyle

    April 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Such a beautiful washcloth.

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    • lynn

      April 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

      Reply
  24. Alison Bunce

    July 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I have crocheted for years but have never been able to knit. My best achievement was a wonky edged scarf lol but decided to have a go at this and to my amazement it turned out great! I’m now doing some for my daughter but in a range of colours in the pink and lilac colour range. I’m so pleased. Thanks so much for introducing me to another craft!

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    • lynn

      July 14, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Oh Alison, you made my day!! And if you mastered that chinese wave stitch, I’d say you are doing pretty good. I think it’s one of the ones that require the most attention.

      Do pop in and check out the baby blanket pattern I just published today! I just adore it and it’s another that will require both knit and crochet…and there are videos!

      Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for popping in.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  25. JB

    January 20, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I’m an experienced knitter and triple checked your pattern. I didn’t get diamonds, which is what I wanted. I got loopy scallops which just looks like sloppy knitting to me.

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    • lynn

      January 21, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Hi Jan…I do slip my stitches knitwise, which would make the stitches tighter and may result in the ‘diamond’ look that I am getting. Other than that, I can’t guess why you aren’t getting the ‘diamond’. I looked at several other Chinese Wave Patterns just to make sure I didn’t make a mistake in the pattern, but I can’t see that I did. Here is another explanation of the Chinese Wave stitch: http://www.knittingstitchpatterns.com/2014/11/chinese-waves.html

      Let me know if these suggestions make a difference for your washcloth.

      Lynn

      Reply
  26. Gitanjali

    October 22, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    I’ve admired the Chinese wave pattern from a safe distance for ages, but how you’ve written the pattern is inspiring me! Before I get carried away with my naivete, please could I ask…there isn’t a pass slip stitch over, is there? It is just a slip 1, knit 1, slip 1 and so on…?

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    • lynn

      October 24, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Good Morning Gitanjali!

      Oh, I’m so glad you are going to dive into the Chinese Wave! It is such a lovely pattern.

      There is not a PSSO in the pattern, just slipping and knitting!

      Come back and let me know how it works for you!

      Hugs and Happy Knitting.

      Lynn

      Reply

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