Knit a Washcloth in the Chinese Wave Pattern with Picot Edging
A 12.75" by 12.75" washcloth knit in the chinese wave pattern which gives the washcloth loft and depth. A crocheted picot edging adds a decorative finish. I guessed on the time. I'm an evening knitter, so did a little for a couple of nights. Not sure how long it would take if you went straight through.
Knitting and Crocheting Terms used:
Sl1 Slip next stitch from left hand needle to right without working. I slip knitwise.
SC Single Crochet
Ch Chain Stitch
Cast on 49 stitches (or an odd number stitches)
1st row K
2nd row K1,*Sl1 K1* repeat from *to* for rest of row
3rd row K
4th row K2 *Sl1 K1* repeat until arrive at the last 3 stitches, then Sl1, K2
5th row K
Repeat rows 2-5 for remainder of pattern until your work measures 11.25 inches, ending with a Knit row.
(How I stayed on track with this pattern: This isn’t rocket science, but had I thought about it at the beginning, I wouldn’t have one washcloth that has a bit of a wonky row right in the middle. You’ll be starting your sl stitch row after you’ve knit a row. Pay attention to the last 3 stitches of the knit row. If your slip stitch is 2 stitches from the end, you’ll start with the K2 row. If your slip stitch is 3 stitches from end, you’ll start with the K1 row. Obviously, a row counter would help too, but I’ve just never been able to remember to change my row, so I’m back in the same position. )
Bind off, but don’t cut yarn.
Using crochet hook, SC into each Stitch. It’s pretty easy to see where to pick up on your cast on and cast off row, but a little harder on the sides. This picture shows, that on the back side of your piece, you can see the ‘valleys’ in the pattern on the sides of washcloth. Put your crochet hook in these valleys on the sides. You’ll want to pick up the same number of stitches that you cast on and the same number of rows. I try to catch the yarn tails from my cast on so that they’re wrapped in the SCs. Makes it nice not to have loose tails.
So the picot pattern is like this:
Picot in 1 stitch
SC in next stitch
Repeat this pattern until the end of your work and work your tail into the pattern.