We’re head over (squeaky-clean) heels for our Corner-To-Corner Washcloths! One-of-a-kind and cheerful, yes, but behind the joy of these little beauties is the enduring satisfaction that you made them with your own two hands.

Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho

Each simple square is knit on the bias in squishy garter stitch, the perfect texture for all your sudsing and scrubbing.

Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho
Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho

One hundred percent Peruvian Pima cotton, our Picnic Cotton is a light and airy fingering-weight yarn. It knits up into a quick-drying fabric that is so soft, you’ll want to squish it up against your face … Exactly what you want in a washcloth!

Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho

Picnic Cotton’s two-color structure has a fluffy (super-duper-soft) white core wrapped in, colored threads, which creates a distinctive marled fabric and a very un-ho-hum washcloth.

Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho

Best of all? It only takes one 50-gram skein of Picnic Cotton to make one! Or knit up a set… We’ve put together a selection of lovely Corner-To-Corner Washcloth Bundles, so you can pick a three-color palette, or really soak in the beauty (like we did!) and make a set of all twelve colors!

Designed for Purl Soho by Jennifer Hoverson Jahnke.

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Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho
Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho

Our Corner-To-Corner Washcloth Bundle comes in a Twelve Colors Bundle, shown up top, which makes a dozen washcloths, or in 3-skein bundles to make a set of three. Choose from six palettes, shown above: Sunrise, Rhubarb, Morning Fog, Field + Sky, Salt Water, and Lakeside.

To make just one Corner-To-Corner Washcloth, you’ll need…

  • 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Picnic Cotton, 100% Peruvian Pima cotton. Each skein is 164 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 134 yards required.

No matter how many washcloths you’re making, you’ll also need…


26 stitches and 52 rows (or 26 “ridges”) = 4 inches in garter stitch


Finished Dimensions: Approximately 9½ inches square


You may find that your washcloth comes out looking a bit more kite-shaped than square. Not to worry, this is normal and a result of the knit 2 together decreases being slightly looser than the knit front and back increases. A good wet-block or steam will do the trick!


Cast on 3 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.


Increase Row: Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), knit front and back (kfb), knit to end of row. [1 stitch increased]

Repeat Increase Row until there are 87 stitches.


Decrease Row: Slip 1 purlwise wyif, knit 2 together (k2tog), knit to end of row. [1 stitch decreased]

Repeat Decrease Row until 3 stitches remain.


With remaining 3 stitches, work an I-Cord for 3 inches, working the last row as follows…

Bind-Off Row: K1, k2tog, pass first stitch over second stitch and off needle.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail and pull through remaining stitch.

Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle. Make a loop with the I-cord and weave the tail into the fabric of the washcloth at the base of the I-cord, then weave it through the looped I-cord, and back into the fabric of the washcloth.

Weave in the remaining ends and block as desired.

Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho
Corner-To-Corner Washcloth | Purl Soho