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.
10-1/2" diameter, measured at widest point.
Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille (100% cotton; 98 yards / 50 g): 1 skein for each cloth. Shown in #6320 green, #2054 pink, and #2230 orange.
• 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.
Stitch marker, yarn needle, stitch holders or waste yarn (optional).
16 sts and 26 rounds = 4" in Stockinette stitch (St st).
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