Home Life Washcloth
When you walk through your front door and your body relaxes just a bit at the sights, sounds, and scents… the texture of home. Our Home Life Washcloth, knit up in our very special new Home Life yarn, is a wonderfully soft and squishy knit, inspired by the warm and welcoming feeling of home!
This sweet washcloth is a simple garter stitch square with an I-cord loop to finish things off, but the real delight comes from the yarn!
With short cotton tabs spun into its core, Home Life knits up into a marvelously shaggy texture with a surprise at the end: Loose and relaxed after binding off, if you choose to send it through the washer and drier, the fabric shrinks into a fluffier, fleecier, super-duper-softer washcloth with a very satisfying density and a plushness that perfectly serves its purpose.
The beautiful softness of the finished fabric inspired us to create a palette influenced by the gentle side of nature. Eighteen serene colors, available as individual skeins or in three-color bundles for a lovely trio of washcloths in the same color family.
For example, our beautiful Sweet Pea bundle (above) travels from dreamy Celestial Blue to Pale Lilac to moody Mauve Moor. And our Ocean Air bundle (below) starts with Pearl Blue, an almost-white with a touch of blue, darkens through softly muted Tidal Pool, and finally reaches a shadowy Deep Teal.
Home Life is 100% cotton and made in Japan. It comes in 33-gram, 61-yard skeins, just the right amount for one Home Life Washcloth. Each palette of three is packaged in a cotton drawstring bag, a handy project bag or ready gift wrap!
For yourself or for a friend getting married, a cousin moving into a new home, or your summer-weekend-away hosts, a stack of Home Life Washcloths is a truly thoughtful contribution to the home life of someone you love!
Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoHomeLifeWashcloth and #PurlSohoHomeLife. We can’t wait to see what you make!
- 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Home Life, 100% cotton. Each skein is 61 yards/ 33 grams; approximately 60 yards required.
- US 6 (4 mm) straight or 24-inch circular needles
- If using straight needles: Two US 6 double pointed needles for I-cord
Our Home Life Washcloth Bundle includes everything you’ll need to make 3 washcloths in a cotton pouch. Choose from 6 palettes…
Pale Stone, Sand Dollar, Fresh Cream
Petal Pink, Pink Bisque, Sugar Biscuit
Dune Grass, Spicy Mustard, Golden Pear
Holly Green, Viridian Green, White Cabbage
Deep Teal, Tidal Pool, Pearl Blue
Celestial Blue, Pale Lilac, Mauve Moor
20½ stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch, unlaundered
NOTE: The row gauge in this pattern is not listed because you are simply knitting to a desired length. Any row gauge will do, as long as your stitch gauge is correct!
Finished Dimensions, Unlaundered: Approximately 7¾ x 7¾ inches
Finished Dimensions, Laundered: Approximately 6½ x 6½ inches
Using a basic Long Tail Cast On, cast on 40 stitches.
Knit every row for 7¾ inches, or until piece is square.
Bind-Off Row: Bind off knitwise until 2 stitches remain (1 on right needle and 1 on left), k1.
Using same circular needles, or if using straight needles, switching to two double pointed needles, knit a 3-inch I-cord.
Last Row: Pass first stitch over second.
Cut yarn and securely weave tail into base of I-cord, creating a loop.
Weave in the cast-on tail.
Either use your washcloth as is (above left), or launder it in a washing machine and dryer to shrink it into a denser, softer (and smaller!) washcloth (above right).
71 comments on “Home Life Washcloth”
I find 6-inches to be a little small for a washcloth (especially if I expect my teenage son to use one) so I plan on getting extra yarn and making them larger. I want to mix colors – do they run?
Love this yarn! Are there other patterns/projects you would recommend?
Any thoughts on how this yarn would look with a crochet stitch instead?
Could this be crocheted? I love the look of this yarn. But I can only crochet. Thanks.
Will there be a tutorial? I have never knitted but would love to make some of these wash cloths
Can I buy this yarn in the UK?
I’m thinking of using one 3-skein bundle to knit a baby-sized towel with an ombré effect. I’m think to cast on 2 to 2.5 times the stitches Than net until I have to switch skeins, using all three skeins. But I’m not sure I’d get enough length to use the result as a towel for a new born. What are your thoughts?
Would this yarn work with any of your hand towel patterns?
Would it be nice for a baby blanket? If yes how many skeins would it take?
Hello, Purl Soho!
Love the idea. Prefer bright colors. Are brighter colors in the works?
Thanks for your wonderful patterns and yarns. More yearn is the last thing I need. Your offers are so tempting. Your generosity with patterns keeps me looking for a reason to pick up a little something.
Would these be good for a baby gift? Are they soft enough?
I really like the idea of these washcloths. I’m wondering if this yarn sheds?
Love the look! Any other pattern suggestions for this funyarn?
So I waited too long to purchase the delightful little Home Life Washcloth bundle in the gorgeous Eucalyptus color-way and now it’s sold out! It is just such a perfect trio of yarns and I can’t wait to knit the set. Do you have an anticipated timeframe for restocking?
Thank you so much,
These colors are beautiful, and the fluffy washcloth is very appealing. However, $13 for one very small cloth is rather expensive.
Hi, love these bundles. Bought one. Was wondering what is the weight of this yarn. Dk?
Made these and LOVE the yarn. Any idea how long it will be before you have it back in stock?
Do you have any idea how long it will be until you have more of the Home Life yarn in stock? I would like to make lots of these washcloths for gifts. Thank you!
Hi! I’m visiting Japan in August. I see this is made there. What brand is it listed under in Japan or do they only sell to you?
I’d like to make a slightly larger washcloth. Is there enough yarn in the skein to make a cast on of 44 or 50 sts? Or does the skein just make the pattern size?
Hi from Canada 🍁. Do you have a source in Canada where I could order this yarn from? I have see so many wonderful yarns on your site. The fees that I have to pay when I purchase anything from another country make it not feasible to order from your site. I am hoping that you can help. Thank you.
Fun yarn! Could I make the scrubbing mitt with this yarn? If so, could you help with the instructions…I would want to shrink it. Thanks so much!
At the risk of sounding like an Idiot, how do I knit a 3″ I-cord with only one stitch left after binding off? Don’t I need 3 stitches to start the I-cord?
What would the texture of the yarn be like if I were to machine wash + air dry?
I am finding this yarn very difficult to knit. It is not smooth at all. I like the look of it, but it is going to be frustrating. On every stitch, it catches on the shaggy bits. Do you have any suggestion to make this yarn a smoother knit as I have bought a bunch of this yarn.
Just received my bundles, but I’m not finding a needle size either in the packet or on the pattern.
Just a note for others making this project – I couldn’t make a full square washcloth with this yarn using the exact needle size and number of stitches cast on (it came out 9 inches wide not 7), so mine is a rectangle with no loop as I needed another 2 inches to square it off. Likely it is my loose knitting because of the yarn texture. There is NO extra of this yarn in a skein so plan carefully as there isn’t wiggle room, you need every inch. It knits up beautifully however, I love the texture! Can’t wait to use my rectangle. 🙂
I’m really enjoying making face cloths with this yarn. I want to use the sets as gifts. Would you suggest washing and drying them before gifting?
I had the same result as Carin. My gauge was correct but my finished width is 9 inches. My options are to rip out and start over casting on 28-30 stitches, or knit to the full 9-inch square by continuing with one of the other colors in my bundle. Option 1–a very small washcloth; option 2–two washcloths rather than three, of two colors each.
Hi. What temperature and washing cycle do you recommend the first time washing the project? I want to make it smaller and fluffier. Thank you.
I can’t make this gauge work with US 6 needles. Anyone else having this problem?
I like the yarn very much, but oh my getting the gauge was tough unless I wanted to knit with a US2 or 3 needle. I ended up using a size 5 and casted on 30 sets. My washcloth is about 8” wide. Probably could have gone to 28 sts, but simply can’t bear thought of ripping one one more time. I’ve weighed the yarn and if I find I am running low half way, will add a second color or a stripe.
I was so excited to see this yarn back in stock and on sale, so I bought some. When I got it I was thinking “how small this looks!” And as I was knitting the washcloths I kept thinking “this is the most expensive washcloth I’ve ever knit!” BUT and it’s a big BUT, after I washed it and dried it and it came out soft and fluffy and beautiful, I realized I got a lot for my money. It’s a beautiful product!
Hi! If I want to allow for shrinkage, how many stitch should I cast on and should I buy another skein for the same color? Thank you!