Opening Hour Washcloth

Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This quick and fun washcloth is based on the "openwork hourglass" pattern, which made me think of happy hour, opening day, and other fun (but potentially grimy) occasions. Thus, the inspiration for a way to get clean! What I couldn't tell from the original stitch pattern is the wonderful texture that this cloth would have. The knit-stitch sides of each hourglass stand out against the purl insides, giving the cloth a nice ripple feel on the front - and reminding me of fish scales on the reverse!

Gauge: Not particularly important.
Dimensions: approx. 8in (20cm) square

1/2 skein (approx) Peaches and Creme (100% cotton) [2.5oz/71g to 122yd/112m]
US 7 (4.5mm) needles
Yarn needle

Cast on 36 stitches.
Work 3 rows in garter stitch (knit all stitches, all rows).

Begin pattern stitch:
Row 1: K2; P2; (YO; SSK; K2tog; YO; P2) five times; K2
Row 2: K4; (P4; K2) five times; K2
Row 3: K2; P2; (K2tog; YO2; SSK; P2) five times; K2
Row 4: K4; (P1; [K1; P1] into the YO2; P1; K2) five times; K2
Row 5: K2; P1; (K2tog; YO; P2; YO; SSK) five times; P1; K2
Row 6: K3; (P2; K2; P2) five times; K3
Row 7: K2; P1; YO; (SSK; P2; K2tog; YO2) four times; SSK; P2; K2tog; YO; P1; K2
Row 8: K3; P2; (K2; P1; [K1; P1] into the YO2; P1) four times; K2; P2; K3

Work pattern seven times total, ending with row 7.
Work 3 rows in garter stitch (knit all stitches, all rows).
Bind off in knit.
Sew in loose ends.


  • Alison

    Ooh, cute! I like how the hourglass openings resemble little hearts.

  • Diane

    now that the yarn is discontinued, what do you recommend I use?

  • KT

    Any worsted weight cotton ("kitchen cotton") will do!

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