Knitting Basics : Knit A Washcloth | Diane Dobson - Barton | Skillshare

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Knitting Basics : Knit A Washcloth

teacher avatar Diane Dobson - Barton, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies Needed

    • 3. Construction of Washcloth

    • 4. First-Half Increases

    • 5. Second-Half Decreases

    • 6. Binding Off

    • 7. Weaving In Ends

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class


The perfect project for the beginner! Easy, useful, inexpensive, and make great gifts. Makes a great shower gift! (No pun intended LOL)

Knitter can determines the final size. You can make it as small as a coaster, or as big as a blanket, totally up to you!

Stitches Demonstrated:

  • Long Tail Cast On (LTCO)
  • Knit (K)
  • Yarn Over (YO)
  • Knit Two Together (K2Tog)
  • Bind Off (BO)

Instructor has many years of teaching in her background, publication and traditional Art Education training. Be sure to look for her other tutorials available on SkillShare.

Class Is broken down into the following areas:

  • Introduction - Who am I and what is this course?
  • Washcloth Construction - How is our washcloth built?
  • Supplies - What do you need to have to make your washcloth?
  • Part-One Increases - How to start making your washcloth and the increase portion of your project.
  • Part-Two Decreases - How to make decreases and complete the second half of your square.
  • Binding Off- How to finish off your last four stitches.
  • Conclusion - Brief thank you.

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Diane Dobson - Barton



Artist obsessed with making and writing. Degree in teaching K-12, and Masters in Art. I am owner and founder of, a source for eBooks that support and encourage creativity. With, I am exploring expanding my offerings to how-to courses.

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1. Introduction : Hello, I am Diane Dumps and Barton, and this is knitting basics needing a wash cloth. I've been a serious knitter for about three years, and I have a two shop under my name. And then there's a website called Artist. How to dot com with the hyphen between each word. Did I also run what we're going to be doing for making these wash clothes? And they're out of cotton yarn. You can get a variety of colors. The one that I will show you is a garter stitch. So you will be doing the knit stitch, uh, one increase, one decrease and, uh, long tail cast on in a bind off. So these are great basic stitches that everyone needs to know if you're more experience than her. It's really great, because you can. It's just a quick project that you can dio when you're looking for something to keep your hands busy. The supplies are relatively easy to find and are inexpensive. There's even a scrubby, uh, yard that you can buy that's on the market if that's something you might be interested in, so I hope to see you in the next video 2. Supplies Needed: In order to make your wash loss, you're going to need a few supplies. You're going to need some cutting yard. It's relatively inexpensive. Um, you can generally find it for a couple of dollars. Escape. Read the label. It'll suggest that use a size seven needle. I'm like mine to be a little looser. So for this demonstration, I'll be using a size 10. Double pointed needles do work, but just be mindful that if you get a lot of stitches on here, they can fall off the end. Straight needles are also an option and, of course, circular. It just depends on how tied a leave you want on your washcloth. And again, I'll be using a size 10. If you have any questions, just let me know. 3. Construction of Washcloth: The great thing about this washcloth is that it is a good way to learn, increases and decreases. You're going to start in one corner and create half of your square by making increases and going this way, and then you do decreases and you go back to the same number of stitches. So we cast on four stitches. You're going to do a knit stitch in. Our increase is a yarn over at the beginning of each row. Then once this grows into about half the size that you'd like for, you wash up to be, we start doing the decreases and those will be mitt to together and the yarn over in order to keep the same same pattern. And then we wind up the same number of stitches that we started with, and we bind off and that's it. You can do this 4. First-Half Increases: long tail cast on to begin your washcloth, you will hold your working yard to your right. I have mine in a yarn bowl here. Your tail in goes to your left. You will hold your yarn and such needle goes in here. A pure thumb. Dan, your finger down your thumb to them. Pull first cast on will give you two stitches. We need four. So we need to do this again. Go up down your finger, Dan, your thumb and then pull. And one more time. So you've got your four stitches to do the nets ditch. We have four stitches here. Needle goes in that stitch as such yarn goes around, pull it through and then take that stitch off after needle in, pull it through and you want to all four stitches this way. Okay, that's your first row. Then you're going to begin doing the stitches that will make your increase half of your washcloth. You will net two. Then you need to do a yarn over. And it's just like it sounds. Your yarn goes over your needle and then unit that next ditch and that gives you another stitch on your needle and then you need to the end, and you just keep repeating that process on each row. You'll do net to yarn over and the net all the way to the end, and that gives you you're increases on the first half to keep doing this until you get 47 stitches. 5. Second-Half Decreases: then you start decreasing. Okay, In order to do that Unit one knit two together. And it's just like it sounds. You're going to perform a net stitch with two stitches yarn over, slip it through and pull those two off than a yarn over and then mitt to more stitches together. So you've got a net mitt. Two stitches together, a yarn over. I met two stitches together, and then you just met the remainder of that row. Once you get to the end, you will turn it just like you did the first half. And you'll repeat what you did here at the beginning with the net one. Get to together yarn over knit too. And you just keep repeating that until you're down to four stitches on your needle. Once you're down to four stitches, you just simply buying these off, which I use a very simple bind out for this. The first ditch you slide off Mitt, pull that over that the next one. Pull that over and all four of your stitches are bound off in the end. You've got this one stitch here left and clip that off. Pull that top 6. Binding Off: Once you're down to four stitches, you just simply buying these off, which I use a very simple bind out for this. The first ditch, you slide off net. Pull that over. That the next one. Pull that over and all four of your stitches are bound off in the end. You've got this one stitch here left and clip that off. Pull that time. 7. Weaving In Ends: Once you've made your washcloth, we need to weave in the ends. So your thread the string of yard through a dark needle I would like to have about this much. And then what we're gonna do is follow the stitches that have already been made so that it just blends right in that way. And you just follow that path. I like to get it off of this edge and over into this part where it's just a little more stable just following that over there. Sure, not getting it too tight, just kind of leave that end and she work it. And then once you get into this center part, a little bit can pull on it there, make sure it's good. Lose, Just clip this and it just blends right in there. 8. Conclusion: Well, just make this really quick. Um, thank you for taking this course. I hope you enjoyed it. And I hope to see you in future classes that will be having. And if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask post projects on the project page. And I hope to see you in the next class.