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Knit a washcloth. A pattern for beginners
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SIMPLE BEAUTY WASHCLOTH
Knitting pattern by Salihan from Ecoyarns
Simple Beauty is a straightforward facecloth for beginner knitters to practice the basics or experienced knitters who are in need of quick gratification or some mindless knitting.

The pattern does not use any abbreviations to help even the newest knitter and crocheter. It uses the basic skills of cast on, knit stitch and cast off. You can jazz it up and add to your beginner skill set by adding a crochet border. The scalloped shell border instructions are provided in US as well as Australian/British crochet terms.

The washcloth is reversible and large enough for children and adults alike. Make one in different colours for the whole family!
SIZE
Finished size approximately 24 cm square

SUGGESTED YARN
Ecoyarns Eco-Organic Cotton Virtues 8 ply (100% organic cotton; 180m/196yds/100 g hank). The colour used here is Truth which is coloured using low impact dyes

Alternatively use any 8ply/DK weight cotton or hemp yarn that swatches at the required gauge
HOW MUCH YARN IS NEEDED
Approximately 37g/67m/73yd

GAUGE
10 sts and 20 rows per 5cm/2in in garter stitch to produce a soft, stretchy fabric

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
3.75mm/US4 needles, straight or circular
Darning needle
3.75mm/US F crochet hook (optional)
KNIT INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 44 stitches loosely using your favourite cast on like the cabled cast on.

Knit all stitches until work measures 22 cm.

Cast off.

FINISHING
Option 1: Cut yarn and sew in tails with a darning needle.

Option 2: If you’re feeling adventurous, you may wish to add a crocheted shell border. Don’t cut yarn after binding off. Make a loop in your yarn and place it onto a 3.75mm/US4 crochet hook. 
US CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS

Slip 2 stitches along one edge of washcloth.

Single crochet into 1 stitch, * skip 2 stitches, 5 double crochet into next stitch, skip next 2 stitches, single crochet into next stitch *

Repeat from * to * 5 more times or until you are 4 stitches from the corner. You may have 1 less or extra stitch but it won’t matter much.  Just skip the stitches you have and crochet into the corner as follows:
[ skip 2 stitches, 8 double crochet into the corner, skip next 2 stitches, single crochet into next stitch ]

Repeat from * to * along the next edge and work from [ to ] at each corner.

Follow the established pattern all the way around the washcloth. Slip stitch into the very first single crochet. Finish off by making a chain stitch, cut yarn and pull the yarn tail through that stitch. Sew in tails with a darning needle.

AUS/BRITISH CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS

Slip 2 stitches along one edge of washcloth.

Double crochet into 1 stitch, * skip 2 stitches, 5 treble crochet into next stitch, skip next 2 stitches, double crochet into next stitch *

Repeat from * to * 5 more times or until you are 4 stitches from the corner. You may have 1 less or extra stitch but it won’t matter much.  Just skip the stitches you have and crochet into the corner as follows:
[ skip 2 stitches, 8 treble crochet into the corner, skip next 2 stitches, double crochet into next stitch ]

Repeat from * to * along the next edge and work from [ to ] at each corner.

Follow the established pattern all the way around the washcloth. Slip stitch into the very first double crochet. Finish off by making a chain stitch, cut yarn and pull the yarn tail through that stitch. Sew in tails with a darning needle.
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