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Sunday
Jun222014

Whit's Knits: Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt

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

  • 1 skein of Habu Textile's Cork Chenille, 100% cotton. I used the color Charcoal.
  • A set of US #3 double pointed needles

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: 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Scrubbing Mitt: 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 throught 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!

Reader Comments (16)

Hello,
Could you tell me how many mitts and/or washcloths you can get from one skein? I'm assuming it's one.
This is the perfect gift to make for my girlfriends this holiday season.
Thank you for the pattern.
June 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMidge
Lovely! Will one skein make just one of either cloth or mitt?
June 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStevi
These are beautiful--a simple luxury! Would like to make several as gifts, approximately how many can be made from each skein? Thank you!
June 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersara k.
I love knitting washcloths, especially in summer...and usually out of "kitchen cotton," but this Habu yarn is an interesting choice. However, your instructions say to make a square. I generally make my washcloths a bit bigger than I want them to be, and a little longer than they are wide, to account for shrinkage in the washer and dryer. Does the Cork Chenille resist shrinkage, or do you hand-wash your washcloths?
June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Now we're talkin! Really, really great.
June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
Y'all should create a Ravelry page for each pattern when you post it, and post a link to it at the bottom (next to the other share buttons). When I see a knitting pattern I like, I want to put it in my Ravelry queue for later. While you're at it, you might want to put Pinterest links next to the images.
June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarclay Dunn
Hi Barclay-

All of our knitting patterns can be found on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/purl-soho

And our knitting patterns can also be found on pintrest here: http://www.pinterest.com/purlsoho/purl-bee-knitting/

Thank you!

Molly
June 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly,

How many cloths will one skein make?

Thanks.
June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
Hi Midge, Stevi and Sara K.,

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!

Thanks so much for asking and please let us know if you have any more questions!

Whitney
June 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Laura,

Yes, I would handwash these!

Thank you for your question and have fun making a set!

Whitney
June 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Anne,

I just answered that question for some other readers who had the same one! You have inspired me to add my answer to the Materials section of the pattern, where you can now see it.

Thanks for asking!

Whitney
June 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love these and completely agree they are great gifts. Would you suggest using them on children and babies? Just thought as a great baby gift if so. Thanks!
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSift With Style
Hi Sift with Style-

Yes, these would work well for babies and kids. Thanks for getting in touch!

Molly
June 26, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love everything about Purl Bee! Can you recommend an appropriate crochet stitch for making these wonderful scrubby washcloths and mitts?
Thank you!!
July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
I love these scrubby mitts! Can you recommend a similar crochet stitch that I can use for similar results to the knitting version? It would be great if I could crochet these.

Thank you!
July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
Hi Carol,

It's hard to say since the stitch pattern hardly shows up at all amidst all those little cotton tails, but a simple single crochet fabric might be best. It's firm, easy and the same on both sides.

Let us know how it goes and thank you for asking!

Whitney
July 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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