Free Knitting Pattern: Leafy Washcloth

Posted on Jan 1, 2014
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Free Knitting Pattern: Leafy Washcloth

An easy leaf-shaped washcloth that makes a great quick gift. A good project for the beginner knitter who’s ready to move beyond the square. Make them in leafy colors, or get zany with rainbow cotton. The finished size depends on what weight of yarn you choose.

Skill Level beginner (basic decreasing and increasing)

Yarn 30 yards cotton or cotton blend yarn, in DK, worsted or aran weight. Shown in:
DK: Berroco Pure Pima, 100% cotton, color Oyster.
Worsted: Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Linen, 50% linen 50% cotton, color Leaf.
Aran: Kertzer CoolSpun Cotton Ombres, 100% cotton, color Mardi Gras.

Finished Measurements 
DK weight: 4½ x 7¼ inches
Worsted weight: 5¼ x 7½ inches
Aran weight: 6 x 8 inches

Tension/gauge 24 (DK), 22 (Worsted), 20 (Aran) sts = 4 inches of garter stitch. Correct gauge is not essential for this project.

Needles 4.0 – 5.0 mm needles, depending on which yarn you use. (Check the yarn label for guidance).

Other Supplies tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers

Pattern

These will be concave as you knit them, but when you wet-block them, they will take on their leaf shape.

Version 1: Garter Stitch Leaf leafy-washcloth-green

Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: K1, pm, k1, pm, k1.
Row 2 (and all even rows): Knit.
Row 3: K1, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, k1—5 sts.
Row 5: K1, m1, knit to marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, knit to last st, m1, k1—9 sts.
Row 7: Rep row 5—13 sts.
Row 9: Knit to marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, knit to end—15 sts.
Rep rows 8-9 eight times—31 sts.
Next 9 rows: Knit.
Next row: Knit to 2 sts bef marker, k2tog, sm, k1, sm, ssk, knit to end—29 sts.
Rep the last 2 rows until there are 5 sts left on the needle.
Next row: Knit.
Next row: K2tog, remove marker, k1, remove marker, ssk—3 sts.
Next row: Knit.
Next row: K2tog, k1—2 sts.
Bind off.

Version 2: Stocking Stitch Leaf with Stem

leafy-washcloth-whiteCast on 3 sts.
Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5 (RS): K1, pm, k1, pm, k1.
Rows 6 and 8: Knit.
Row 7: Knit to marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, knit to end—5 sts.
Row 9: Rep row 7—7 sts.
Row 10: K3, p1, K3.
Row 11: Rep row 7- 9sts.
Row 12: K3, purl to marker, sm, p1, sm, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Rep rows 11-12 11 times—31 sts.
Next row (RS): Knit.
Next row: Rep row 12.
Rep these 2 rows 3 times.
Next row: Knit to 2 bef marker, k2tog, sm, k1, sm, ssk, knit to end—29 sts.
Next row: Rep row 12.
Rep these 2 rows until 7 sts rem on needle.
Next row: K1, k2tog, remove marker, k1, remove marker, ssk, k1—5 sts.
Next row: Knit.
Next row: K2tog, k1, ssk—3 sts.
Next row: Knit.
Next row: K2tog, k1—2 sts.
Bind off.

Finishing

Wet the cloth thoroughly. Lay flat, shaping into leaf, let dry. Weave in ends.

 

Download

Looking for the pdf version? Download it here: Leafy Washcloth

Leafy Washcloth

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