Free: Knitting Patterns

Simple Spa Cloths

These cloths are roughly five inches by six inches (more like 5 ¾ inches, but still).  I prefer smaller cloths.  I didn’t measure gauge.  It’s a washcloth…so I wasn’t all that worried

I took 2 separate cones of white peaches and cream 100% cotton yarn, and I held both strands of yarn together as one.

Using US 10 straight needles, I cast on 21 stitches.  Why?  Because that is the pair of needles I grabbed out of my bag first, actually.

Cast on loosely.  You’ll be happier if you do.  Really.  It makes everything look neater, in my opinion anyway.

Work until your cloth is large enough…which for me is roughly 5 inches.  ( the 6 inches side is the cast on side.)  Bind off.  Loosely.  Again, you’ll be happier if you do.  Weave in all your loose ends.

Here’s a picture of the first three I finished.  I hadn’t woven in the final ends yet, so please disregard the hanging bits of yarn there.

After reading that post, if you are wondering, the cloths performed wonderfully once wet.  They maintained their shape and size, but were still wonderfully soft and plump.


A Simple Cowl

I thought it time to offer up a free knitting pattern.  Not to mention, this pattern is so simple, I just could not bear to think of charging for it.  So, here you go.

My friend and Muse, Kerry the Glass Faery, sent me some yarn:Rozetti Tempest.  Two balls of beautiful red variegated yarn.  She also sent me a lovely skein of mermaid blue yarn from which my daughter is demanding a hat be made for her.

This yarn, it spoke to me.  I had been wanting to make myself a very simple cowl.  Something that I could wear around my neck, but that I could also put up over my head if I needed to do so.  I wanted something that would work up quickly.

I did a few searches on ravelry, looking at different cowls and such things.  I saw a lot of pretty things, but in the end, I just did everything myself.

I used an entire ball of yarn for this project, except maybe for a good eight inches or so after binding off.  I am saving the other ball for my goddess shawl when I finally settle upon a pattern for that project.

This pattern is written in the round, so this piece is seamless.

For my cowl, the yarn did most of the work for me, with its color patterns and its texture.  I suggest using a lightweight, airy type of bulky weight yarn for this project.

Gauge is a bit subjective here.  I wanted it to be loose and flowy, with plenty of drape and movement.

My gauge ended up being roughly 2 stitches per inch, unstretched.

My finished cowl measures, flat, roughly 11 inches tall by 16 inches wide.

My only advice with this project is to make sure you cast on and bind off very loosely.

Using 19 US (15mm) needles, loosely cast on 48 stitches.  Join stitches to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Knit every stitch until you have enough yarn left with which to bind off, or your piece is the length that you want it to be.

Bind off very loosely.

Weave in your ends.

That’s it.  You’re done.  Wear your new cowl with pride.



Pipsqueak Soft Cloths In Three Sizes

one skein of Bernat Pipsqueak yarn, for me, created 4 face cloths, 6 baby sized cloths and 2 1/2 adult sized cloths.

Bernat Pipsqueak yarn (bulky, 100% polyester)
11 US needles

No gauge given because it’s a washcloth.

1 ridge = 2 rows

Cloths do stretch during use, when wet.

Adult sized cloth (approximately 10 inches x 5 1/2 inches)

Cast on 22 stitches.
Knit every stitch for roughly 22 ridges.
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.

Baby sized cloth (approximately 6 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches)

Cast on 15 stitches.
Knit every stitch for roughly 15 ridges.
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.

Face cloths (approximately 3 inches x 4 inches)

Cast on 10 stitches.
Knit every stitch for roughly 10 ridges.
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.


Baby bernat Blanket Cloths

Click here to read the story about how these cloths came to be.

All three of these patterns were made using Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, in ‘little lilac dove’ colorway, on size US 13 needles.

Please note: sometimes you think you have woven in ends and tied them off smartly with this yarn, only to find you haven’t, according to the yarn.  So please take care and be extra firm when tying off and weaving in ends.

Pattern # 1: The Small One

approximately 4 3/4 inches by 5 2/3 inches

Cast on: 13 stitches

Knit every row for about 18 rows.

Bind off loosely.

Weave in ends.


Pattern #2: The Medium One

approximately 6 1/2 inches by 7 inches

Cast on:  15 stitches

Knit 3 rows.

Row 1: Knit 3, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Row 2: Knit to end

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for about 20 rows

Knit 3 rows.

Bind off loosely.

Weave in ends.

Pattern # 3: The Large One

approximately 8 inches by 10 inches

(If I had this one to do again, I would make it smaller, casting on 5 less stitches than the pattern calls for.)

Cast on: 21 stitches

Row 1: slip first stitch purlwise, *knit 2, purl 2, repeat from * across

Row 2:  slip first stitch purlwise, *purl 2, knit 2, repeat from * across

Repeat rows 1 and 2 about 14 times

Bind off loosely in pattern.