Classic Washcloth by Clara Parkes

Classic Washcloth

October 2007
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
112 yards (102 m)
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“When I think of chenille, I think of cozy, old-fashioned bathrobes and plush towels and washcloths. This simple washcloth pattern was inspired by a set of colorful washcloths my grandmother had when I was growing up. I’ve never been able to find them since. The key is to use a smaller needle than the yarn requires, and then machine-wash and -dry the washcloth to tighten the fabric even more as part of the finishing pattern. These last forever and make wonderful gifts.”

Finished Measurements:
Before washing and drying: 12” (30.5cm) square
After washing and drying: 10” (25.5cm) square, or smaller, depending on how hot your dryer gets.

Because this is a washcloth, it’s important that the chenille be cotton.