Ease into the New Year: How to Make a Simply Sophisticated Spa-Style Washcloth

comments (17) January 8th, 2015     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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A trio of natural linen spa cloths.
Stitch markers will remind you to begin the center pattern.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl and slip the second stitch as if to knit, then slip the left needle in the front of these stitches to knit together.
A trio of natural linen spa cloths.

A trio of natural linen spa cloths.

Photo: Tina Hilton
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A simple washcloth may have been many of our first knitting attempts. Maybe they were gifts from well-meaning aunts. Misshapen squares comprised of cotton "washrag" yarn in colors not found in nature are often the reason we've shied away from our own washcloths. The distinctive design and the luxury linen fiber used in this project will change your mind about washcloths and you will become addicted to the process and begin cranking them out in record time.

Begin with the original version designed by Jill Wilcott of Y2Knit and try out the two additional versions I developed. They are so much fun to make that you will be inspired to experiment with your very own versions.

What You'll Need:

  • Louet Euroflax 100% linen (270 yards) (I used fine sport weight double stranded in Natural and easily made four cloths. Substitute any cotton or cotton blend you may have on hand that produces a similar gauge. Hit your local Wal-Mart or mega craft store for a New Year's Day fix if you don't have a suitable yarn in your stash.
  • Knitting needles size 8 (or size to achieve gauge)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Cable needle

Around 3.75 stitches/inch

Cb3: place 3 sts on a cable needle and hold in back
Cf3: place 3 sts on a cable needle and hold in front
Cn: cable needle
In: inch
K: knit
K2tog: knit 2 together
Pm: place marker
Rs: right side
Rep: repeat
Ssk: slip-slip-knit
Sts: stitches

Step by Step
Y2Knit Fan-Shaped Face Cloth
Cast on 43 sts.
Row 1: (Rs) K19, pm, k5, pm, k19.

  Stitch markers will remind you to begin the center pattern.

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Comments (17)

nancye writes: I first downloaded these instructions in January of 2009. Six years later, I knit up the seed stitch center cloth and discovered an error with the even rows (you had said knit which messed up the seed stitch center). I see here that you have corrected Row 2, but now you are missing Row 4 plus a general instruction for the even rows. Otherwise, the instructions are good. I used Louet Euroflax doubled as you suggested, and the cloth is quite nice. Being a part of Threads magazine and the Taunton family of publications, I'm disappointed that the errors weren't discovered back in 2009, and here they are still.
Posted: 6:57 pm on January 3rd
CurtainCleaning writes: Lovely! A crochet version would look reaaally nice:)
Posted: 7:38 am on January 15th
KJRas writes: Tina, these are great! I am not seeing the red clarifications to the cable pattern and would like to make that one. Thank you!

Posted: 2:20 pm on February 9th
Readerwoman writes: Would like to see a crochet version of this!
Posted: 2:59 pm on December 30th
munazzah writes: Wowy blog

spa packages
Posted: 8:10 am on June 28th
SusieNS writes: Where do I find the clarification for the cable center for the sophisticated face cloth?

Posted: 2:11 am on June 5th
Sewing2enjoying writes: These are fabulous! I wish I could feel confident enough to make them. I just finished my very first project - a prayer shawl done with the help of the knitters in a church group of knitters. I presented my shawl to a lady that I know desperately needed it and would appreciate it. I told the group it was so poorly done that it had to go to someone who badly needed a shawl or loved me a whole lot! These lovely and useful wash cloths are exactly the type of knitting that is so appealing to me. I'll bet one of the ladies at the church knitting club will help me to learn to do these stitches and to follow directions you have provided. Thanks so very much. I will talk to them and get the necessary yarn. This is such a helpful site!
Posted: 2:30 am on December 31st
K1Drink2 writes: Wonderful! Was looking for a quick, easy (but not boring) project to use as a teaching tool for a beginner. This is it! Thanks for such wonderful directions and photos, too.
Posted: 3:33 pm on March 13th
cjms writes: Your blog is the best and I can't wait to see what else you come up with. You rock!
Posted: 4:55 pm on January 18th
SMVG writes: Tina,
I love your blog!!! These washcloths are fabulous. The linen yarn provides just the right texture to get off stubborn make-up. Thanks so much for another project that I can enjoy and is useful. P.S. My friends loves them too.
Posted: 11:13 am on January 10th
nancye writes: Thank you for posting your clarification so quickly; and it makes so much sense to have written it in red. And...ooooh - fingertip towels!! I can't wait for those!!
Posted: 9:22 pm on January 8th
Tina_Hilton writes: Hi LindyLu - I just stocked up on more linen yarn and plan on expanding the pattern to make fingertip towels for the guest bath. Look for the pattern in March or April.
Posted: 7:39 pm on January 7th
Tina_Hilton writes: Please see the clarification I added for the "Face Cloth with Center Cable" as indicated in red.
Posted: 7:31 pm on January 7th
LindyLu writes: Knitting these is great therapy after finishing all of those knitted gifts. They are a one session knitting fix and I've even given a few to my daughter to take back to college with her. She appreciates a bit of maternal coddling even while she enjoys being away from it.

Thanks for these instructions.
Posted: 7:22 pm on January 7th
Tina_Hilton writes: Hi Nancy - Thank you for your question. I'll post a clarification of the pattern within 24 hours.

Posted: 4:34 pm on January 6th
nancye writes: Face Cloth with Center Cable. Is this instruction correct: Repeat row 4 and odd rows until you have 9 sts remaining. Thanks for checking.

Posted: 9:22 pm on January 4th
jalama writes: These are a really cute idea. I'm just getting back into knitting and this will be a great next project to go beyond my basic skills.
Posted: 9:14 am on January 3rd
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