Knitted flower washcloth

These gorgeous floral washcloths are a perfect knitting project to give to a friend, or as a little something special for yourself.

By Cindy Taylor

How to knit a washcloth

I knitted my first washcloth when a pattern for a round one sparked my interest. I didn't really think about using the washcloth. I just wanted to make something round, a shape I'd never tried to knit. Since then I have become a knitted-washcloth convert. At the end of a hectic day, I lather it up with soap, wash my face, and feel, at least for a moment, that I am doing something special for myself. It's amazing how something so seemingly inconsequential can actually have a profound effect (it nearly always compels me to take a deep, relaxing breath).

How to knit a flower washcloth
The flower shape of the cushy cotton chenille washcloths shown here is achieved in what you could call a reverse-bloom style: First you knit the five petals (blooms) in garter stitch, then you attach them to each other by knitting them together in the round; to finish, you work in Stockinette stitch, with gradual decreases, to the centre.

The project can be worked entirely on double-pointed needles, but you can see the flower come to life nicely -- and you can leave the petals on the circular needle as you complete them -- if you begin with the circular needle and change to double-pointed needles when necessary.

Finished measurements
10-1/2" diameter, measured at widest point.

Yarn
Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille (100% cotton; 98 yards / 50 g): 1 skein for each cloth. Shown in #6320 green, #2054 pink, and #2230 orange.

Needles
• 16" circular (circ) needle size US 6 (4 mm)
• One set double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 6 (4 mm), longer than 8" recommended

Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Stitch marker, yarn needle, stitch holders or waste yarn (optional).

Gauge
16 sts and 26 rounds = 4" in Stockinette stitch (St st).

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