Mandarin Lemon Washcloth

Friday, November 16, 2007
When in doubt for a good knit present, make washcloths and include a nice soap... in this case I made an extra-large cloth for the C's baby son and am sending it with my favorite baby bubble bath. The cloth is named for the Mandarin stitch from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns, but since I did it in a nice lemony yellow cotton it became a mandarin lemon rather than a mandarin orange!

The ripple stitch makes this cloth interesting to look at - and paired with the eyelet insertions will make it fun for the baby to play with as well. The bindoff preparation is unusual, so be ready for an extra bit of detail at the end to preserve the rippling. The pattern has a tendency to bias slightly upwards to the left.

Gauge: 18sts and 27 rows to 4in (10cm) in pattern stitch on US 8 (5mm) needles (not critical)
Finished dimensions: Approx 11in (28cm) square, unblocked.

1 skein Lily Sugar N Cream (100% cotton) Sunshine colorway [2.50oz/70g to 120yd/109m]
US 8 (5.0mm) needles
Darning needle

Cast on 49 stitches.
Work in garter stitch (knit all stitches) for four rows.

Pattern Rows:
Rows 1, 3, 5: K3; (K2tog; K2; Kfbl; K1; Kfbl; K2; SSK) four times; K2
Rows 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14: K3, P43 , K3 *
Row 9, 11: K all sts.
Row 10: K3; (YO; K2tog) repeat to last two sts; K2

*That is, work row 2 on all wrong side rows except 10, AS WELL AS right side rows 7 and 13.

Work these 14 rows five times, then rows 1-5 one more time.
Work 3 rows in garter stitch (knit all stitches).
Work final row as Row 1.
Bind off in K.

Sew in ends.


  • Can you please clarify what "Kfbl" is the abbreviation for, and what exactly should be done at that point in the pattern? Thank you!

  • KT

    Kfbl= Knit through the front and back loops of the same stitch. This is an increase stitch.

  • rdwmrs

    KT on Row 10 it states "Row 10: K3; (YO; K2tog) repeat to last four sts; K2" - the last 4 sts? Are they K2 2 times? Is it a type and should it be last 2 stitches? Thanks! I love your washcloth but am currently stumped on Row 10.

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