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Originally, when I started in yarn crafting, I only knew how to crochet. As I started searching for things to make, I started seeing so many great hats, and sweater patterns that were knit. Then I decided I needed to know how to do both! After completing my first knit project (a winter hat), I realized how much I enjoy both crochet and knitting. They each have their positives and negatives. and can bring such great texture to a design. So this pattern, the bubble washcloth, is my mash-up of knitting and crochet.
There are some great things to be said about doing a washcloth, especially as your first project. Firstly, they’re easy and (usually) fast to make (also, if you’re new to knitting or crocheting, it’s a great way to learn or get in some new stitches).
So I’ll be sharing a couple of different Washcloth patterns I have created using different stitches I’ve learned. There will be some links to the sites I learned the stitches from as well. They will all be knit with a crochet border as my way of introducing you to my lovely world of fiber technique mash-up. :-). This week… The Bubble Washcloth is a knit design with a crochet border.
Week 1: Bubble Washcloth
This first pattern I worked on here and there and finished in the car on my way to Montello, WI to see my good friends and owners of Sage Hen Serendipity
Finish in the car!
I decided I wanted a textured washcloth for my kitchen. When I first started knitting, knit borders were not my thing. So this was my first ever merge of crochet and knit. If you’re not a crocheter, you can simply skip the crochet part, and do a knit row, then a purl row at the beginning (then start the pattern), and a purl row and knit row before you bind off.
Finished Measurements (all are approximate)
One washcloth should measure 9.5″ X 9.5″ (after blocking with border)
One Skein should make 2 washcloths.
Knitting needle and Crochet Hook
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Popcorn – K into the front and back of the loop twice, and then slip the 2nd, 3rd and 4th stitches over the 1st.
The gauge for this piece isn’t super important. I due tend knit tight, so if you want, use smaller or larger needles or just simply knit your washcloth as long as it measures wide. (depending on how big you make the washcloth, you may or may not have extra yarn)
Row 1 (and Right side): K across Front
Row 2: K2 P across to last 2 stitches, K2 Row 3: K3 *Popcorn, K5* Popcorn, K3
Row 4: K2 P across to last 2 stitches, K2
Row 5: K across
Row 6: K2 P across to last 2 stitches, K2
Row 7: K6 *Popcorn, K5* Popcorn, K6
Row 8: K2 P across to last 2 stitches, K2
Repeat rows 1-8, until approx 9.5 inches long. Bind off but do not cut yarn.
Next, get out the 4mm crochet hook
Round 1: ch 1, sc in the same stitch as ch, *sc across 21 times (about 1/2 of the knitting stitches), 3 sc in corner* After the last sc, fasten off and weave in ends.
To see how to Crochet around the washcloth, check out this video
If you're not quite sure how to knit around the border this video can help. It explains for the Super Soft Baby Washcloth, but can be applied to this or any knit washcloth.
Should I block this?
Honestly, it depends on you. If you're giving it as a gift or selling them, I would definitely recommend blocking this piece so it has nice straight edges. But if you're not worried about it because it's for you, you can just simply start using it. Just be careful how tightly you pull as you block anything you make, the more you pull, the bigger it will be.
Now you can enjoy your new washcloth. This does knit fairly fast once you get the hang of it. So on a nice rainy day, grab some yarn and knit up a bunch for yourself, or gift baskets with some nice soap.
Making it as a gift? Don't forget the gift tag! If you share your completed work with me on Instagram @thesmithcountry or use #TheSmithCountry and tag me on facebook, @thesmithcountry! I always love seeing the patterns I create come to life in your homes.
With a grateful heart,
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