Mario Washcloth by Carolyn Lisle

Mario Washcloth

Carolyn Lisle's Ravelry Store
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January 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
71 - 82 yards (65 - 75 m)
one size
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

It’s-a me, Mario! This pattern is nothing but knit and purl stitches, but it gives a good-looking final product. What Nintendo fan can resist having Mario as a bathroom accessory?

This pattern includes a chart for the stitches and alternative instructions for the chart-phobic. Both are in the PDF file available for download. I made the first test cloth black because I had black cotton yarn I needed to use up, but I would recommend red, of course! It’s a more complex pattern than most textured washcloths, but still very quick and easy to knit.

All the Nintendo-themed washcloths are designed to be exactly the same size (25 x 25 cm/10 x 10 inches), so they can also be used as afghan squares and they should all line up nicely with one another. The charts included can be used as double-knitting templates as well by treating RS knit stitches as colour A and RS purl stitches as colour B, excluding the garter stitch edge. Note that for double-knitting you will need twice as much yarn (70-80 yards of each colour) because you are basically knitting two squares at once.

This pattern is complementary to the Luigi Washcloth.


As of June 16, 2010 there is an updated PDF file. It contains a correction of a typo in row 41 of the written pattern. The chart and other instructions remain identical. Anyone using the written instructions with the pre-update version should be aware that there has been a correction and can re-download the corrected pattern above.