• Anita Bose Natarajan

Tear Drop Washcloth

Updated: Mar 20


I wanted this washcloth to be a bright and pretty addition to your kitchen.

Drops made sense – water; stripes are in fashion and so is color blocking. Let's have all three in the mix!

We start out with one color garter stitch, switch color and work the Tear Drop stitch, then end with striping in garter stitch using both colors.

Easy peasy beginner level project with the Tear Drop stitch to keep things interesting.

Download a printer friendly version of the pattern here!

Supplies:

Yarn: Lion Brand’s Kitchen Cotton – graciously sponsored by Lion Brand

Color: Tropic Breeze (#148), 1 skein, Color B, 17.4yds/15.9m used; Kiwi (#170), 1 skein, Color A, 55.6yds/50.8m used

Needle Size: US 7 (4.5mm) straight

Notions: Tapestry Needle

Sources:

Buy this yarn in the US: www.lionbrand.com

Buy this yarn outside the US: www.deramores.com, www.loveknitting.com

Washcloth Dimensions After Washing & Drying:

9 ½ " (24.13cm) long x 7 ½ " (19.05cm) wide

Stitches Used:

Super Stretchy Slipknot Cast On (CO), Jeny’s Stretchy Bind-Off (BO), Knit (k), Purl (p), Knit 2 together (k2tog), Slip slip knit (Ssk), Right Side (RS), Wrong Side (WS), Slip stitch as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (sl 1-k2tog-psso), Garter Stitch, Modified Tear Drop Stitch

Super Stretchy Slipknot Cast On Video (no voice, no subtitles)

Jeny’s Stretchy Bind-off Video (no voice, no subtitles)

Let’s get started!

Gauge In Stockinette Stitch - Before Washing & Blocking:

16 stitches = 4" (10cm), 20 rows = 4" (10cm)

Pattern:

Tear Drop Stitch Pattern*:

Row 1: (RS) P5, * (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1) in next stitch, p3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4. Row 2: P4, * k3, p5; repeat from * to last 5sts, k1, p4. Row 3: P5, * k5, p3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4. Row 4: P4, * K3, p5; repeat from * to last 5sts, k1, p4. Row 5: P5, * ssk, k1, k2tog, p3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4. Row 6: P4, * k3, p3; repeat from * to last 5sts, k1, p4. Row 7: P5, * sl 1-k2tog-psso, p1, (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1) in next stitch, p1; repeat from * to last 4sts, p4. Row 8: P4, k1, * p5, k3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4. Row 9: P4, * p3, k5; repeat from * to last 5sts, p5. Row 10: P4, k1, * p5, k3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4. Row 11: P4,* p3, ssk, k1, k2tog; repeat from * to last 5sts, p5. Row 12: P4, k1, * p3, k3 ; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4. Row 13: P5, * (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1) in next stitch, p1, sl 1-k2tog-psso, p1; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4. Pattern Last Row: P4, *p3, sl 1-k2tog-psso; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p5.

*Modified From Knitting Stitch Patterns.com

Tear Drop Stitch Pattern Video (no voice, subtitles only)

Instructions:

  1. With B, keep a 20“ tail, (using Super Stretchy Slipknot Cast On) cast on 25 stitches.

  2. Work in garter stitch for 2“ (17 rows), ending on a RS row.

  3. (WS) Change to A and work 3 rows of garter stitch.

  4. Work rows 1 through 13 once.

  5. Work rows 2 through 13 once.

  6. Work rows 2 through 12 once

  7. Work Pattern Last Row once.

  8. (WS) work 3 rows of garter stitich.

  9. (RS) Change to B and work 2 rows in garter stitch.

  10. (RS) Change to A and work 2 rows in garter stitch.

  11. Repeat (9) and (10) another 7 times - stripe measures 3“. End on a WS row.

  12. (RS) Bind Off Using Jeny’s stretchy Bind -off, cut 20“ (50.8cm) tail.

  13. Lay piece flat with WS facing you; bind off edge on top and cast on edge at bottom.

  14. Fold cast on edge 1“ upwards and hem.

  15. Fold bind off edge 1 ½ “ downwards and hem.

  16. Weave in loose ends.

Yarn is washing machine and dryer friendly!

Hemming Striped Edge Video (no voice, no subtitles)

Hemming Color Block Edge Video (no voice, no subtitles)

If you need to change the width:

Knitted in a multiple of 4 stitches + 1 additional stitch

Yarn & Label Review:

This is a great basic cotton go to yarn. Stitch definition is great. Yarn is not tightly spun, so it will withstand frogging a few times. Easy care - machine wash and dry! Take a close look at the Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton label. It has inch markings on the side!

I made this dishcloth as a guest designer for the Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop, where 48 different knitted dishcloths will be shared! Want to join and knit along? Click here to learn more!

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