Waffle Stitch Washcloth

Monday, December 10, 2007
This cloth was super easy to make but has a certain charm. On the "right side" is a waffle-stitch pattern of boxes separated by purling bumps... on the "wrong side" it looks like (but technically isn't) a spread-out P3 K1 rib. This means it looks good both ways!

Gauge: Not important.
Dimensions: 7.5in wide by 8in tall (19cm by 20cm), unblocked

1/2 skein 100% worsted weight cotton (I used Lily Sugar N Cream)
US 7 (4.5mm) needles
Yarn needle

Cast on 35 stitches.
Work 3 rows in garter stitch (knit all stitches)

Begin pattern stitch:
Rows 1 & 3 (RS): (K2; P1) 11 times; K2
Row 2: K3; (P2; K1) 10 times; K2
Row 4: K35

Work pattern stitch 13 times total, ending on row 4.
Work 2 rows in garter stitch.
Bind off all stitches in knit.
Sew in ends invisibly.


  • Lisanne

    Hi there! :) I'm Lisanne on Ravelry (BathtubJunkie75). I think that I'm going to try this washcloth as my very first *real* knitting project. I'm such a beginner ... I don't know what "RS" means, but I know what everything else is! LOL! :) Just wanted to let you know that I'm going to try it out! Yay! :)

  • KT

    Hi Lisanne, "RS" is for "Right Side", and "WS" is for "Wrong Side." On this cloth, however, it doesn't really matter - both sides end up looking pretty good! KT

  • Lisanne

    I looked up "RS" in my knitting book ~ duh!!! What a stupid question, LOL! :) I've had to rip this project out a few times because I misread the pattern, but I think that now I'm on my way toward success. Thanks again! :)

  • i haven't tried it yet, but it'll be my first attempt at knitting in years, so wish me luck! it was the easist pattern to understand out of 10 minutes of searching! (and i didn't know what RS meant either... i'm glad somebody else is making comments!)

  • Thank you for the pattern! I just (almost) have this completed. I am a beginner, and this is my second washcloth. I have a question. . .after I finish row 4 and then do the two rows of garter stitch (at the end of the pattern), do I bind off using the knit stitch and also bind off the remaining 3 edges? Thanks--mlswartz@gmail.com

  • KT

    Hi there -
    Yes, you'll bind off all the stitches on that last row, using the knit (so that it stays in garter). KT

  • Made this up as my third knitting project (actually the first one that I finished, since the other two were scarves). Loved it! Great for becoming accustomed to knit and purl, while getting a really neat effect!

  • PSPants

    Very cute, and it took me about an hour. Good job, thanks for the pattern!

  • Peggy L

    Thanks for the pattern! I am a total beginner and actually understand this pattern so I'll get my supplies and give it a try. I guess my dishes won't care if it isn't perfect.

  • What about row 3? You have row 1, 2 & 4 mentioned but what is done on row 3?

  • KT

    Hi Crystal,
    Rows 1 & 3 are the same, as per the stitch instructions. Have fun!

  • Francine

    This project was recommended to me as a great project to help me get back into knitting. I started it yesterday but have a question (I'm really rusty!) If the washcloth is to be about 7.5 X 8 when I cast on should the length of my cast on stitches be 7.5 ins. long? I think I tend to cast on too tightly that's why I"m asking. If I the answer is yes, should I cast on more stitches to get the length or try to loosen up?
    Thanks for your help!

  • Christina Pierce

    Love this dishcloth! Made the first one per instructions repeating pattern rows total of 13 times. Came up short on the second one off the same skein of yarn so I will have to go get more. Have made some more and reduced the pattern to repeating 11 times and now have enough to make 2 cloths out of each skein!

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