February Washcloth – Beehive Stitch

Welcome to the second in this series of wash and dishcloths. Hopefully you enjoyed the first one, the Andalusian washcloth, last month. These are great ways of practising new techniques, or knitting quick projects. I also like to include them with a handmade soap as a quick gift idea. Cleaning cloths also make terrific gag gifts. I like this pattern for baby showers as it is super soft to touch.

Beehive stitch washcloth

You will need:

  • 4mm knitting needles
  • DK Cotton yarn
  • Darning needle

Cast on 31 stitches. This pattern is stretchier than the last one, so requires fewer stitches to end up at a similar size.

This is a 4 row repeating pattern
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit 1, knit one below – repeat to the last stitch, knit 1.
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit 2, knit one below – repeat to the 2 last stitches, knit 2.

Knitting below – this involves not knitting into the stitch on the needle, but the loop from the previous row. Insert your needle into this loop below the needle, and knit. This creates the soft texture.

Repeat these 4 rows 15 times (or until your work is square). Cast off.

You can now either darn in your tails, or take one of the tails, and chain 15 stitches with a crochet hook. Fold this over into a loop and stitch it to the corner to create a hanging loop.

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