Waffle Stitch Washcloth + Hand Towel In Santolina
Just as a strawberry you grew tastes a little sweeter, our hand-knit Waffle Stitch Washcloth + Hand Towels will bring you more pleasure than any you could buy!
This simple waffle stitch is an easy slip-stitch pattern, creating a fabric with a distinctive texture that grows fast and furious on the needles.
We knit our Waffle Stitch Washcloth + Hand Towels in our Santolina, a soft and sturdy, machine wash- and dryable combination of 70% organically grown cotton, 20% rayon from bamboo, and 10% hemp.
These fibers work together to create a complex and beautiful yarn. The hemp lends a hearty, rustic character, while the bamboo is as smooth and shiny as silk. Together with the cotton, Santolina is a brew of contrasts and complements: Soft but textured. Smooth but gripping. Gently heathered but lustrous. All in all, magnificent!
With just one skein of Santolina you can make four Washcloths, and you only need two skeins for a Hand Towel. There are twenty-two colors ranging from soft and subtle, to bright and punchy… Pick your favorites and enjoy the sweetness!
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For a Washcloth (Hand Towel), you will need…
- 1 (2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Santolina, 70% organically grown cotton, 20% rayon from bamboo, 10% hemp. Each skein is 328 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 80 (620) yards required. We used the colors Green Valley, Emerald Green, Peach Lily, and Blossom Pink for our Washcloths and Heirloom White and Beige Bunny for our Hand Towels.
- US 4 (3.5 mm), straight or circular needles
- If using straight needles: Two US 4 double pointed needles for I-Cord
NOTE: Just 1 skein of Santolina is enough yarn for up to 4 Washcloths!
26 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern
Washcloth (Hand Towel)
Finished Dimensions: 7 inches wide x 9 inches long (18 inches wide x 30 inches long)
This pattern works over any odd number of stitches.
Cast on 45 (117) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Row 1 (wrong side): K1, purl to last stitch, k1.
Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row.
Row 3: *K1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 4: *K1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Rows 1–4 until piece measures 9 (30) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 3.
With right side facing you, bind off in 1×1 rib. Here’s how…
Bind-Off Row (right side): K1, *k1, pass first stitch over, p1, pass first stitch over, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.
With remaining 3 stitches, work an I-Cord for 3 inches.
Bind-Off Row: K1, knit 2 together, pass first stitch over second stitch and off right needle.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Pull it through remaining stitch.
Thread tail onto a tapestry needle. Make a loop with I-cord and weave tail into fabric at base of I-cord, then weave it through looped I-cord, and back into fabric.
Weave in remaining ends and block as desired.