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4 Lacy Hearts a Free Knit WashCloth Pattern

Updated on July 14, 2019
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A Knit Project With a Practical Purpose.

As of late my favourite knitting projects have been decorative washcloths. They are relatively easy to make, quick to create, and have a wonderfully practical purpose when complete.

This 4 heart pattern is my latest experiment with spacing to create a design. The lace like design of the hearts is delightfully decorative. It is a simple yet effective design to add a touch of elegance to this otherwise everyday item. Made from 100% cotton these handmade knit cloths put the store purchased dishcloths to shame. There is just no comparison to that of personal workmanship.

These can be used in either the kitchen as a dishcloth or in the bath as a washcloth. Delightful as wedding and new baby gifts they also make for excellent craft fair sales if you are looking to bring in a little extra money in around the holiday season. I have gifted many away but also sold a few and of course have kept some for my own personal use.

Pattern Stitches and Specifics:

When working on dishcloths I always use a 100% Cotton Yarn. This insures that the finished product will be of a soft and thirsty material yet durable enough to hold up well over numerous washings. This project is made using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.

Needles are size 4mm or size 6 U.S. or size 8 U.K.

Stitch Abbreviations:

K = Knit

P = Purl

S = Slip one stitch (move one stitch over to other needle)

YO = Yarn over (increase by laying yarn over needle to act as another stitch)

SSK = Slip slip knit (slip 2 stitches onto other needle then knit together as one stitch)

PSSO = Pass slipped stitch over

Video Demonstration of PSSO

Heart Washcloth Pattern

Cast on 41 stitches

Rows 1 to 6: K1 P1 across row

Row 7: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 8: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 4 stitches P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 9: K1, P1, K1, P1, K5, K2tg, YO, K18, K2tg, YO, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 10 and all even number rows: K1, P1, K1, P1, Purl to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 11: K1, P1, K1, P1, K4, K2tg, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K15, K2tg, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K4, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 13: K1, P1, K1, P1, K3, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K13, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 15: K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, K2tg, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K11, K2tg, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K2, P1. K1, P1, K1

Row 17: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, K2tg, YO, K7, YO, SSK, K9, K2tg, YO, K7, YO, SSK, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 19: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, K2tg, YO, K2, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K9, K2tg, YO, K2, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 Row 21: K1, P1, K1, P1, K3, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K1, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K13, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K1, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 23: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 25: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 27: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 29: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 31: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 33: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 35: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 37: K1, P1, K1, P1, K5, K2tg, YO, K18, K2tg, YO, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 39: K1, P1, K1, P1, K4, K2tg, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K15, K2tg, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K4, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 41: K1, P1, K1, P1, K3, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K13, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 43: K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, K2tg, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K11, K2tg, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K2, P1. K1, P1, K1

Row 45: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, K2tg, YO, K7, YO, SSK, K9, K2tg, YO, K7, YO, SSK, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 47: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, K2tg, YO, K2, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K9, K2tg, YO, K2, K2tg, YO, K3, YO, SSK K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 49: K1, P1, K1, P1, K3, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K1, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K13, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K1, YO, (S1, K2tg, PSSO), YO, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 51: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 52 to 57: K1 P1 across row - cast off on final row.

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Selecting Your Yarn

There are many yarns that one can use but it is important to note that most truly do have a specific reason to be used in a specific project. From thick bulky types to the thin baby yarns most are available in a variety of options and colours. There are also quite a few yarn blends consisting of two or more different fibres so it is wise to know the qualities that each type possesses before selecting which you will use.

Wool: Available in numerous varieties the selling feature of wool is its warmth. Generally most wools are made from sheep's wool which as a yarn can be itchy to the touch however there are others that will likely be more pleasant. The wool from Merino sheep is much softer so now a quality choice in yarns. Alpaca wool is made from the fur of Alpacas and creates a silky soft highly luxurious yarn. Cashmere is made from the downy underfur of Kashmir goats making it likely the softest option but also a much more expensive choice as well. Most wools come in a blend thus creating a warm highly durable product.

Cotton: A strong natural yarn that is very durable. It washes well so is often used in the creation of products that will require frequent washings. !00% cotton is the best option for dishcloths or other wash cloth projects and is the only yarn I will use for these projects.

Acrylics: Consisting of man made fibres these yarns are generally some of our most reasonable priced options. Polyester, nylon, and rayon may be some of the fibres used to create these yarn blends.

Today yarn crafters have a wide choice of blends, brands, and colours to select from allowing us to create each our own delightfully unique handmade items. Whether they are made for gifting or to sell creating handmade knit items is a wonderful past time to pursue.

Use graph paper to plot out your own design
Use graph paper to plot out your own design

Creating a Pattern Isn't Too Difficult

I hope you enjoy this pattern and if you are feeling creative perhaps you will try manipulating the design to create your own distinct pattern. I've discovered that there are a number of ways to place images within a knit pattern. The key is to graph out the pattern first as this is generally the best way to insure success when working on a new piece.

Working with the open lace pattern concept all you have to do to create a pattern is to use a combination of "K2tg + YO" to strategically create spaces that outline an image. "YO + SSK" can be used on an opposing side to create a slant in the opposite direction.

You can plot out your pattern on graph paper using cookie cutters, children's shape makers, or freehand to create the design. Keep in mind that simple shapes will show up best.

The next pattern I plan to create will be similar to this one but with a 5th heart added into the center of the washcloth. After that I will try stars, flowers, or perhaps four leaf clovers to replace the hearts in this project. There are so many patterns one can branch off of the first one.

© 2019 Lorelei Cohen

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    • Ladymermaid profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      11 days ago from Canada

      Flourish I am the same. At night when I watch tv for awhile I take my knitting or crochet with me and that is when I work on it. Crochet has a similar picture lace like system too but the ones I have done come out like dresser or table cloths. Very decorative and fun.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 days ago from USA

      I see all the bright colors and immediately think about creating. Unfortunately, I cannot knit, but I do crochet. My cat and I crochet while we watch television. What I like the best is that I can do it mindlessly really without paying much attention or counting. I've been doing it since I was a kid. I love your knitting and really wish I could knit. It's on my list of things I want to learn.

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      Debra pena 

      2 weeks ago

      I AM new to this ,but I would like to start crochet ing

      Regards Deborah pena

    • Ladymermaid profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Doris I am so happy you and your mom are enjoying this type of pattern. I have also another hub complete that is a filled hearts pattern and am working on another with 5 filled hearts which should be published soon. You will have to check those out as well.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Thank you, Lorelei, I forgot to tell you that I saved your pattern on my computer, so I'm very serious about trying to make it. Mom was definitely addicted to it, too. I have an autoimmune condition that has also deteriorated my other hand to arthritis and that thumb slips out of joint. More surgery there, too, probably. Hope yours doesn't progress to that.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am very good at crochet but my knitting is so rudimentary. I need to practice more. I love what you have done.

    • Ladymermaid profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      3 weeks ago from Canada

      Doris I hope all goes well with your surgery and you are able to regain your ability to do yarn crafts even if for shorter periods at a time it is such a relaxing and personally rewarding hobby. I have an inflammatory illness so have definitely slowed down the amount of handcrafting I do but I still try to get a little knitting as often as I am able. I am addicted lol.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      3 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Lorelei, I love this article, especially your instructions on designing your own patterns. I was taught to knit and crochet at a very young age, but really didn't get interested until my mother started pushing me about 15 years ago when she renewed her interest. I started knitting a simple winter scarf, but due to a hand injury, the pain in my hand was so great she had to finish it for me.

      My mom passed away to cancer in 2008, but she filled her hours with knitting and crocheting. She gave me a simple pattern for washcloths she made from cotton yarn. Peaches and cream yarn, I think she called it. I reduced the pattern to coasters and managed to knit a few. As soon as I have surgery on my hand, I really want to try your heart pattern. Hopefully, I can do that this year.

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