A hand knit washcloth pattern featuring the Chinese Wave Pattern and Crocheted Picot Edge
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 hand 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 explaining the pattern, I explain how I stayed on track.
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Knitting and Crocheting Terms used:
Sl1 Slip next stitch from left hand needle to right without working. I slip knitwise.
SC Single Crochet
Ch Chain Stitch
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 remainder of pattern until your work measures 11.25 inches, ending with a Knit row.
(How I stayed on track with this 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.
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.
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.
When you get back to where you started, you’ll start your picot.
Work a SC into first stitch, then before you put crochet hook back into fabric, work 2 chain stitches (like you did on corner)
Then put your hook back in the 2 stitches made by the single crochet
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 you 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.
For your convenience, I’ve included some of the items I’m looking at to pair with my washcloths.
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