Wash Cloth--Dish Cloth

by: Natalie Langkilde http://www.nataliesknitting.com

(last edited March 22, '04)

Published in the Carolina Machine Knitting Guild's August '04 Newsletter

and "Bent Needles" Club Newsletter December '04

For a thicker wash cloth go to Roz's Wash Cloth

This wash cloth has ribs on one side and a waffle like back side. Gather over soap, and add a rope cord for soap on a rope poof!

Materials:16/2 un-mercerized cotton, one strand. I had to use the fine knit bar!

Machine and pattern: Standard Gauge machine, Tension 1 (or 0). No more than T3.

Tuck stitch in 2 rows, 2 stitches

Pattern #1 on my Brother Mylar sheet. You can surely adjust materials and tensions to fit your machine and weight of cloth desired.

Note: Machine wash and dry finished results on hot, before you make any final decisions on this one. I like this thin and airy, but tough. It washes out easier, dries much faster than multiple strands. It's still tough as nails and absorbent! Just looks delicate! I used "natural" color or white because mine are totally functional. I haven't tried colored dish cloths, but keep in mind if you like to use bleach products to wash up things! I like to use bleach to clean the wash cloths occasionally, too. This may affect your color in the wash cloth. Also deep reds tend to bleed in the wash. You may be able to slightly beach your wash cloth initially to keep this from happening often.

Keep in mind you are aiming at a sort of square or rectangle, and the more strands you use you may need to adjust rows accordingly. Tuck knits wide in stitches, and shorter than stockinette in rows, so needs many more rows than you may expect. Slip stitch border is decorative. You may like it done in the same tension, but you may like it to not draw in, so raise the tension 2 numbers if so. Don't forget to lower it again for Tuck stitch!!


CO 40-0-40 Knit 10 or so rows of scrap yarn.

Then knit one row ravel cord.

CO in e-wrap or crochet cast on over the ravel cord with needles all the way out. Push back cast on st. to the gate pegs before proceeding.

Thread up main yarn into carriage.

RC000 T 1 (or 0) Knit 3 rows stockinette

RC000 Program your machine to knit the correct tuck pattern according to your machine's manuel. I had to use the fine knit bar! Hang sufficient weights.

Knit to RC 20 in Tuck

RC 000 Push in both slip buttons (adjust tension up 2 numbers if desired) knit to RC 15 in slip st. , with the same 1X1 patterning. Keep machine set through out without change.

RC 000 (adjust to T 1{or T 0} again if you changed it for slip st.) Push in both Tuck buttons again.

Knit to RC 200

RC000 push in both slip buttons (adjust tension up 2 numbers to do this if desired)

knit to RC 15 in slip st.

RC000 Push in both Tuck buttons again (adjust tension down 2 numbers if you changed tension)

knit 20 rows tuck st.

Knit 3 rows stockinette at main tension.

Cast off with back stitch, or crochet cast off around the gate pegs. Watch out you don't snag this airy piece of knitting. Now wash and dry it on hot or warm to tighten up, and fluff your new wash cloth.


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