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Sugar Babies: Knitted Washcloths for Baby

Knitting
February 2008
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
US 4 - 3.5 mm
15 - 20 yards (14 - 18 m)
n/a
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As baby shower gifts, I received a number of 4” square baby washcloths, which turned out to be the perfect size. Knit a few of these sweet little cloths for your baby or to give as gifts, and remind mom and baby how much they are loved each time they use this soft, textured fabric on baby’s gentle skin.

Please note, these ARE small. I sized them for a newborn. If you are making them for older children or adults, you will probably want to double the number of stitches at CO.

Your handmade version will be more enjoyable to use and will hold up to washing better than the store-bought terry versions.

Each washcloth takes approximately 20 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn, so make a handful from one ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream or use up a few ball ends from other projects. Roll each one and tie with a scrap of ribbon to distribute in your gift basket or bedeck your wrapped boxes, or stack them and tie them all together with a satin ribbon to stand alone as a lovely gift.

Offered here in two variations that are particularly striking in ombres or prints, Version A has a subtle horizontal effect and Version B has a subtle vertical effect, but both fabrics are completely reversible and very fun to work. These lend themselves well to having a crocheted border added after the fact, if you should so desire- just work around the edges in the same or contrasting yarn to your heart’s content.