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February 6, 2021

Basic Garter Border Washcloth Free Knitting Pattern for Beginners

Inside: Free basic garter border washcloth pattern that includes video tutorial from my How to Knit for Complete Beginners series.

Even a beginner can knit this Basic Garter Border Washcloth.  This easy pattern gives you two size options to choose from: Super Bulky yarn for a soft face cloth or Medium weight yarn for a traditional-style cotton dishcloth. 

basic garter border washcloth

Basic Garter Border Washcloth

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:

MATERIALS

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Yarn
Option 1: #6 super bulky weight yarn
Bernat Softee Chunky (108 yds./ 3.5 oz. (99 m/ 100 g))
Colors White and Limelight (28005) used in samples.
Option 2: #4 medium weight yarn
Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (186 yds./3.5 oz. (170 m / 100g)) 
Color Green (172) used in sample.

Needles 
Option 1: US 15 (10 mm) straight or circular needles.
Clover Takumi Bamboo straight needles used in sample.
Option 2: US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles.
Knitter’s Pride Karbonz circular needle used in sample. (NOTE: For cotton yarn I prefer metal needles so the yarn slides ore easily.)

Tapestry needle
3 Stitch markers – 2 to place on needles, 1 locking marker to mark right side of knitting

ABBREVIATIONS
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

GAUGE
Option 1: 9 sts x 13 rows in 4” in stockinette stitch
Option 2: 20 sts x 28 rows in 4” in stockinette stitch

SKILL LEVEL Easy

MEASUREMENTS 
Option 1: Approx. 7” x 7” (17.8 cm x 17.8 cm)
Option 2: Approx. 6.5” x 6.5” (16.5 cm x 16.5 cm)

NOTES

Cast On:  I recommend the long tail cast on for this project.  However, you may use another cast on, if you prefer.  I show both the long tail cast on and the thumb cast on in the tutorial video.

Yarn:  I know typically washcloths are made using cotton yarn. I included a medium weight cotton for Option 2.  I also opted to include a super bulky acrylic version of the pattern for Option 1.  Acrylic has much more stretch to it than cotton and is often easier to work with than cotton for a beginner knitter.

Needles: In Option 1, I used a US 15 needle to create a larger stitch and softer face cloth.  If you desire a more dense kitchen cloth use either US 11 (8 mm) or US 13 (9 mm). Each decrease in needle size makes the washcloth about ½-1” (1-2 cm) smaller.

Sizing: This pattern can be sized up or down.  If sizing up to knit a blanket, for example, remember to adjust the size of the garter border as well.  Add more repeats of the garter rows at the beginning and end as well as include more stitches in the border along the sides. 

INSTRUCTIONS

super bulky basic garter border washcloth
Option 1: Super Bulky Washcloth

Option 1: Super Bulky Washcloth

Cast on 16 stitches.

Row 1 (WS): Knit all.
Row 2 (RS): Knit all.

Repeat Rows 1-2 two more times.

Row 3 (WS): Knit 4, place marker, purl until 4 stitches remain, place marker, knit 4.

Row 4 (RS): Knit across.
Row 5 (WS): Knit to marker, slip marker, purl to marker, knit to end.

Repeat Rows 4-5 until knitting measures 5.5”. End after WS row (Row 5).

Row 6 (RS): Knit across.
Row 7 (WS): Knit across.

Repeat rows 6-7 two more times.

Bind off all stitches on RS. Weave in tails.

medium weight basic garter border  washcloth
Option 2: Medium Weight Washcloth

Option 2: Medium Weight Washcloth

Cast on 32 stitches.

Row 1 (WS): Knit all.
Row 2 (RS): Knit all.

Repeat rows 1-2 three more times.

Row 3 (WS): Knit 5, place marker, purl until 5 stitches remain, place marker, knit 5.

Row 4 (RS): Knit across.
Row 5 (WS): Knit to marker, slip marker, purl to marker, knit to end.

Repeat Rows 4-5 until knitting measures 5.5”. End after WS row (Row 5).

Row 6 (RS): Knit all.
Row 7 (WS): Knit all.

Repeat rows 6-7 three more times.

Bind off all stitches on RS. Weave in tails.


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basic garter border washcloth

Basic Garter Border Washcloth Video Tutorial

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Be sure to follow all the How to Knit for Complete Beginners Lessons.

  1. How to Knit – Garter Stitch for Complete Beginners includes Basic Garter Scarf pattern.
  2. How to Knit – Purl stitch for Stockinette
  3. How to Knit – Stockinette with Garter Border includes Basic Garter Border Dishcloth pattern.
  4. How to Knit – Ribbing 1×1 and 2×2 includes Ribbed Headband pattern. (Coming February 13)!
  5. How to Knit – Seed Stitch for Beginners includes Seed Stitch Washcloth pattern. (Coming February 27!)
  6. How to Knit – Moss Stitch for Beginners includes Moss Stitch Washcloth pattern. (Coming March 6!)
  7. How to Knit – Basketweave Stitch for Beginners includes Basketweave Cowl pattern (pictured above) (Coming March 13!)
  8. How to Knit – In-the-Round with Moss Stitch Includes Moss Stitch Cowl pattern. (Coming March 27!)
  9. How to Knit – 5 Cast-Ons for Beginners (Coming April 3!)
  10. How to Knit – 4 Increases (Make 1 L/R, Lifted L/R, Kfb, & Yarnover) includes Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern. (Coming April 10!)
  11. How to Knit – 5 Decreases (Ssk, k2tog, cdd, sssk, k3tog) includes Grandma’s Favorite dishcloth pattern. (Coming April 17!)
  12. How to Knit – Slip Stitches (Knitwise, purlwise and slip stitch edges) (Coming May 8!)
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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the owner of GoodKnit Kisses whose mission is to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal online community of followers by sharing her personal passion for loom knitting, needle knitting, crochet and all things creative through YouTube tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and pattern design. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

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