We cleanse ourselves; we perform our ablutions; we purify and detoxify. In short, we take bathing to spiritual heights. For such a journey, shouldn't we equip ourselves properly? These scrubbers should do the trick, imbued, as they are, with the devotion inherent in the handmade.

This lovely little Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt set isn't designed for your three-minute-slap-on-the-soap-and-rinse shower. No...These beauties are for your no-one-is-home-no-place-to-go soak.

These bathing accessories are made possible by the wild creativity and impeccable touch of Habu Textiles. Their incredible Cork Chenille is constructed around a thin cotton strand bedecked by little flags of cotton ribbon. Knit up in simple garter stitch, the texture is gently exfoliating, thick, lush and deeply satisfying.

With a few little balls of Cork Chenille and a set of needles, you've got the perfect, no-sweat project for summer's traveling and lollygagging. And when you're done, take a a nice, long bath! -Whitney

Materials

Washcloth

  • 1 skein of Habu Textile's Cork Chenille, 100% cotton. I made one washcloth with the color Bleached White and one with Off White.
  • US #3 knitting needles, circular or straight

Scrubbing Mitt

NOTE: Each washcloth and the scrubbing mitt use a bit more than half a ball of Cork Chenille. However, like most yarn companies, Habu's yardage (and weight) is somewhat approximate, so there may be instances when you can eek out two 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inch washcloths with one ball, but to be on the safe side you may consider casting on 40-43 stitches instead of 46. Or, another option, knit up the washcloths and scrubbing mitt as written and then use the remainders to make some striped or colorblocked variations!

Gauge

22 1/2 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch

Sizes

Washcloth, Finished Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Scrubbing Mitt, Finished Dimensions: 7 3/4 inches in circumference and 7 3/4 inches in length

Patterns

Washcloth

Cast on 46 stitches.

Knit every row until the piece is a square.

Bind off loosely in knit stitch.

Weave in the ends and you're done!

Scrubbing Mitt

Cast 46 stitches onto three double pointed needles.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: Purl.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 6 inches from cast on edge, ending with a purl round.

Shape Top

Set-up Round: K1, ssk, k17, k2tog, place marker, k2, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, k2tog, k1. [42 stitches]

Round 1: Purl.

Round 2: K1, ssk, knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, k2tog, k1. [4 stitches decreased]

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 three more times. [26 stitches]

Next Round: P1, p2tog, purl to 2 stitches before marker, p2tog tbl, p2, p2tog, purl to 3 stitches before end of round, p2tog tbl, p1. [4 stitches decreased]

Next Round: Repeat Round 2. [4 stitches decreased]

Repeat last 2 rounds one more time. [10 stitches]

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and sew it through the remaining stitches. Gently pull the tip of the mitt closed, then bring the tail to the inside of the mitt and weave in the end. Weave in the cast on tail too, and you're done!