As charming as a rubber ducky and as spirited as belting out your morning wake-up song, our Tiny House Washcloth adds a splash of joy to the shower routine!

Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho

Yes, indeed in the shape of tiny houses, a set of these washcloths makes a winsome little village. Throw in some zingy colors, and that’s a town we’d like to visit!

Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho

You knit these cuties flat, from the bottom up to the I-Cord hanging loop. Simple decreases shape the eaves, while a color change at a varying point on the roof makes each house its own.

Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho

We knit these up using our fingering weight Buttercup Cotton. Non-mercerized for absorbency and organically grown for feeling good, Buttercup Cotton is also wonderfully soft, machine wash- and dry-able, and comes in lots of great colors for building seaside cabanas, mountain hamlets, and desert oases.

Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho

If you’re dreaming of a color-coordinated neighborhood, you’ll be happy to know that just two skeins of Buttercup Cotton are enough to make twelve Tiny House Washcloths. Matchy match or funkytown, cast on to put some bubbles in your suds!

Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoTinyHouseWashcloth, and #PurlSohoButtercupCotton. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho
  • Color A: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Buttercup Cotton,100% organically grown cotton. Each skein is approximately 364 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 20 (12, 6) yards required for Layout 1 (2, 3).
  • Color B: 1 skein of Buttercup Cotton, approximately 40 (48, 54) yards required for Layout 1 (2, 3).
  • US 2 (2.75mm), straight or 20- or 24-inch circular needles
  • Two US 2 double pointed needles (only if using straight needles instead of circular)
  • Stitch holder or scrap yarn

NOTE: You can make approximately 12 washcloths with 2 skeins of Buttercup Cotton.

Here are the colors we used for our washcloths…

LAYOUT 1

  • Post Image
  • Post Image
  • Color A: Jonquil Yellow; Color B: Heirloom White
  • Color A: Purple Aster; Color B: Heirloom White

LAYOUT 2

  • Post Image
  • Post Image
  • Color A: Blue Jay; Color B: Heirloom White
  • Color A: Summer Melon; Color B: Lavender Fog

LAYOUT 3

  • Post Image
  • Post Image
  • Post Image
  • Color A: Grass Green; Color B: Summer Melon
  • Color A: Evening Blue; Color B: Bluebird Egg
  • Color A: Cedar Wood; Color B: Vintage Pink

Gauge

28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Size

Finished Dimensions: 6 inches wide x 9½ inches long, at widest and longest points

Note

Slip Stitches

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

Pattern

Begin

With Color A, cast on 42 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On. [LINK]

Set-Up Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 2 with yarn in front (wyif, see Notes), p1, knit to last 3 stitches, p1, slip 2 wyif.

Set-Up Row 2 (right side): K3, purl to last 3 stitches, k3.

Repeat Set-Up Row 1 one more time.

Cut Color A.

Join Color B.

Row 1 (right side): With CC, knit to end of row.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 2 wyif, purl to last 2 stitches, slip 2 wyif.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 6 inches from cast-on edge.

Layout 1 Only

Cut Color B.

Join Color A.

Layouts 2 + 3 Only

Continuing with Color B.

Decrease

Row 1 (right side): K2, slip slip knit (ssk), knit to last 4 stitches, knit 2 together (k2tog), k2. [2 stitches decreased]

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 2 wyif, purl to last 2 stitches, slip 2 wyif.

Layout 1 Only

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 sixteen more times. [8 stitches remain]

Layout 2 Only

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 four more times. [32 stitches remain]

Cut Color B.

Join Color A and repeat Row 1 and 2 twelve more times. [8 stitches remain]

Layout 3 Only

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 eight more times. [24 stitches remain]

Cut Color B.

Join Color A and repeat Row 1 and 2 eight more times. [8 stitches remain]

All Three Layouts

Repeat Row 1 one more time. [6 stitches remain]

Slip last 3 stitches onto left needle (or double pointed needle, if using straight needles), and slip first 3 stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn. [6 total stitches: 3 at beginning of row on holder and 3 at end of row on needle]

Make I-Cord

Using circular needles or two double pointed needles, work an I-Cord over 3 stitches for 3 inches.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail.

Place 3 on-hold stitches onto other end of circular needles or onto double pointed needle. Holding two sets of stitches parallel with wrong sides facing each other, graft them together using Kitchener Stitch and forming a loop.

Finish

Sew in remaining ends and wet block.

Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho
Tiny House Washcloth | Purl Soho