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Sailor's Rib Stitch Washcloth

Sailors Rib Stitch Washcloth
Sailors Rib Stitch Washcloth
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The Sailor's Rib Stitch Washcloth is the perfect quick and easy free knitting pattern. The texture of the yarn used to create the knit washcloth makes it ideal for washing faces, wiping down the counters, and drying hands. You can make a few and store them in your kitchen or bathroom for multi-purpose cleaning. Plus, the sailor's rib stitch is a visually appealing design that differs from most handmade washcloths you see on the market. Choose your favorite color and you'll have a new cloth in no time. This pattern is also a great choice for a housewarming gift due to its practicality and ease.


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge22 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeWashcloth measures 7" [18 cm] x 7" [18 cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Scrubby Smoothie®: 1 ball 9373 Brite Pink C
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 4mm [US 6]
  • Yarn needle



Cast on 36 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): K1 through back loop, *p1, k2, p1, k1 though back loop; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: P1, *k1, p2, k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: K1 through back loop, *p4, k1 through back loop; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 4: P1, *k4, p1; repeat from * to end of row. Work Rows 1-4 twelve more times, then work Rows 1-2 once more.
Bind off knitwise


Weave in ends.


* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
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This Sailor's Rib Stitch Washcloth is perfect for the meticulous housekeeper. It is so neat and durable for heavy duty cleaning daily cleaning of kitchen appliances and kitchen utensils. Can be made in different colors and perfect as gift to mom or sister.

I really like this pattern. I've made knit washcloths for my mom, and she loves them. I might have to try this one, too.


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