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  • Writer's pictureLucy Duffy

Free Knitted Washcloth Pattern

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

A knitted washcloth, bar of soap & pump dispenser, all in hues of brown.

Are you looking to make a gift that can be knitted up quickly but still exude love & luxury all in one?

Then you've come to the right place!

This post contains the free version of my knitted Weaved washcloth pattern which uses the basket-weave technique & produces a beautiful texture. You can also purchase a printable PDF version for a small fee in my ravelry, Etsy, or Ribblr stores.

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Lets be honest, who doesn't love a soft 100% cotton washcloth? Whats more, who doesn't love one that's been hand-made with the recipient in mind during every stitch?

Do you need to be an advanced knitter for this pattern?

Absolutely not! If you've never knitted anything using the basket-weave knitting technique before, then this is a great place to start as it only takes 48 rows of 45 stitches & if you know how to knit & purl then you can definitely do this.

Weaved washcloth pattern details

The pattern uses an 8 row pattern repeat which is used 6 times in total to create the washcloth.

The washcloth is then finished off with a double crochet border, If you haven't tried crochet before then you can find a video tutorial detailing how to do this simple stitch here.

I used Rainbow 8/8 100% cotton yarn from hobbii yarn which is a DK weight & comes in 50g balls giving you approx 170 metres of yarn..

The range includes a huge 100 colours so you shouldn't be stuck for choice! You will need 1 ball of this yarn for this project & you will be able to make 2 washcloths from them.

So if you have a couple of part used balls lying around you could use them up for this project instead of having to buy new!

Stitches you need to know for this knitted washcloth pattern

  • Cast On (CO)

  • Knit (K)

  • Purl (P)

  • Bind Off (BO)



21 stitches x 25 rows measures 10cm x 10cm

Finished size

27cm x 27cm after blocking


CO 45 stitches.

Row 1: K5, *P3, K5, Repeat from * to end.

Row 2: P5, *K3, P5, Repeat from * to end.

Row 3: K5, *P3, K5, Repeat from * to end.

Row 4: K5, *P3, K5, Repeat from * to end.

Row 5: K1, *P3, K5, Repeat until 1 stitch remains, K1.

Row 6: P1, *K3, P5, Repeat until 1 stitch remains, P1.

Row7: K1, *P3, K5, Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, K1.

Row 8: P1, *K3, P5, Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, P1.

A knitted basketweave pattern

Repeat these 8 rows 5 more times.

After Row 48 (last row) BO until one stitch remains, Do Not BO off this loop but pull it up to create a large loop (or insert a stitch marker) & then take it off your needle.

Create Crochet Border

For the crochet border I will use UK Terminology as follows

  • double crochet (dc)

  • treble crochet (tr)

  • chain (ch)

  • slip stitch (sl st)

Insert crochet hook into the last loop of your work, turn work & begin by working back along the row that you just completed.

Round 1: 1dc in first stitch from hook, dc in each stitch across until you reach the last stitch of the BO row, in this stitch work 1dc, 1ch, 1tt, 1ch, 1dc.

You will now need to pick up 48 stitches evenly along the next edge (I use stitch markers to help with this, first place a stitch marker in the middle, then another in the middle of that section, then another in the middle of that section & so on until you have placed 7 stitch markers evenly along the edge. Then work 6 dc between each of the stitch markers).

Again in the corner stitch work 1dc, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1dc.

Next, work 45 dc along the CO edge, repeating the above method for the corner.

Finally, work 48 dc evenly along the final edge, repeating the corner process as above. Sl st to first dc of the round.

A crochet hook inserted into a project.

Round 2: ch1. 1dc in each stitch to the corner. In the corner stitch place 1dc, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1dc. Continue with 1dc in each stitch along to corner & repeat until you are back to the beginning. Sl st to first stitch & fasten off.

You can find a video tutorial for the crochet border here:

Finishing off

To finish, weave in all ends & block your washcloth by washing on a cool wash & pinning out to the finished dimensions above.

A hand knitted washcloth, pinned out on a blocking board.

A final note!

I really hope you've enjoyed using this free pattern & would love to see your versions. You can comment below to let me know how you found it or you can tag me on your favourite social media platform,

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