Sometimes I just need something easy to knit that I don’t have to think about. I don’t want to have to focus on a pattern or counting stitches or complicated stitches. When I have days like this, I turn to my favorite trusty facecloth pattern – a simple pattern that is easy to memorize and that I can work on while watching TV or riding the commuter train.
My favorite pattern in the dishcloth oeuvre is the Spa Day Facecloth by Anne Mancine. I like to knit these using Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton, as it results in a soft, squishy facecloth that feels like it is a luxurious treat. I keep a collection of yarn on hand in a variety of colorways, and knit them throughout the year so that I always have some on hand that I can bundle up with some handmade soap in little gift baskets. One hank of the Ultra Pima Cotton yarn can make about 2.5 fasecloths.
When I want to make themed dishcloths for gift baskets, I turn to the cloth sets by Kris Knits. While her cloths are smaller than the ample size of the Spa Day Facecloths, they are cute, but simple designs that people seem to enjoy receiving. For the Kris Knits set, like the one below I made from her Autumn Cloths collection, I like to use a cotton yarn that is not as squishy as the Ultra Pima Cotton, so I usually turn to something like the Lily Sugar ‘N Creme or Rowan Handknit Cotton lines. The stiffer cotton seems to allow for more stitch definition, particularly when you use smaller needles.
My last go to pattern when it comes to washcloths is for when I knit part of baby shower gifts. My favorite pattern for kids is the Rubber Ducky Facecloths by Mimi Codd. Unfortunately, it looks like the designer is no longer making her pattern available, but maybe that will change in the future.
When I first started knitting, I didn’t understand the appeal of knitting cloths. I thought they were boring. However, now that I have been knitting for a little while, I understand the appeal of being able to sit down and knit without too much thinking. Sometimes you just need to unwind.