For sustainable Friday this week I have two versions of a simple washcloth that still looks nice, you could use them to do dishes or wash yourself. I always keep one in the kitchen, one in the shower and one by the sink where I wash my face in the evenings, they are perfect. This design has most likely been used by thousands of knitters before me, so this is most likely to reinvent the wheel but I have given it my own twist to make them as decorative as functional. Both of these versions also have the advantage of knitting until you have the desired size so there is no guessing of how many stitches you need to cast on to get a reasonable size.
Size: What is a good size is something of a personal preference but after trying a few different sizes I think that 20 cm by 20 cm is the most useful size.
Yarn: Use a fingering to sport weight linen, cotton, hemp, or mix of plant fibre. A heavier yarn won’t be able to dry between uses and drying quickly is what keeps it fresh between washes. Thrift stores usually have lots of forgotten crochet cotton.
Gauge: You don’t want it to be bullet-proof since you want it to dry quickly but not to loose either.
- Cast on 2 stitches.
- Make a yarn over (yo) and knit all stitches, repeat this row until you reached desired width.
- Yo, slip one stitch as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together (k2tog), pass over the previous stitch over the 2 together, knit all stitches. Knit this row until only 4 stitches remain.
- Yo, slip one stitch as if to knit, knit one stitch, k2tog, pass over the slipped stitch over the 2tog, pass over the next stitch over the 2tog, pass over the remaining first stitch on the needle then yo over the 2tog.
- Crochet or knot a loop using the last loop on the needle.
- Cast on 3 stitches.
- Knit 1, yo, place a marker, knit 1, yo, knit 1.
- Knit all stitches
- knit to marker, yo, knit 1, yo, knit to end.
- Repeat the last two rows until you reached desired size and end with a row without increases, bind off the stitches until you reach the marker, remove the marker and bind off the center stitch, crochet a loop using chain crochet and ending with a slip crochet in the first chain stitch. Continue to bind off the rest of the stitches.
Good luck making your everyday objects reusable and more sustainable.