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Knitting Pattern: Scrubby Stripes Washcloth

Updated: Jan 4, 2023


When I recently learned about the Soap S.A.C.K mission, I knew I had to get involved. These are so fun to make and good for the soul, as an important way to give back to our community. I have a lot of cotton sitting in my stash, so this was the perfect time to get to work.

As a knitter, I struggled a bit to find patterns ... when I found a seed stitch pattern on Ravelry, I was off to the races.

I made about a dozen with this pattern but I wanted to play around with different stitches to create some variety for other knitters out there.

Most patterns are written as 6" across and 8" tall, but since this is a horizontal pattern, I flipped it. So you will cast on enough stitches for 8" across (to fold in half) and knit 6" from the cast on.

I'm a huge fan of mosaic knitting and love how a simple two-color repeat can create such an interesting design. I always seem to have that random 0.5 oz ball left after a dishcloth project ... so as a part of my destash mission, I wanted to use up every little bit. So, I put one of my favorite mosaic patterns to work, and viola, the scrubby stripes design. This is great for a washcloth or a soap sack for charity!

This is excellent for beginners or TV knitting. If you can knit a stitch you can make this!


Yarn: 65 yards (1.1 oz) worsted weight cotton

0.6 oz Color A (white) /0.5 oz Color B (ombre)

Gauge: 18 sts per 4”/10 cm

Needles: US 9 – 5.5 mm

Size G or 7 Crochet Hook (if creating a soap sack)

Notions: Darning needle

Finished size: 8” x 6” (folded” 4’ x 6”)

Experience Level: Beginner


K = knit

P = purl

Sl = all stitches are slipped purlwise

slip as if to purl, with right needle in front

of the left

wyif = with yarn in front

bring yarn through the needles to the front on the working side

wyib = with yarn in back

bring yarn through the needles to the back off the working side


Cast on 35 stitches

Note: pattern begins with a wrong side (WS) row, the pattern is a 4-row repeat rows 2-5

Row 1 (WS): With A, knit.

Row 2 (RS): With B, *k3, wyib sl 1, * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 3: With B, k3, *wyif sl 1, k3; rep from * to end.

Row 4: With A, k1, *wyib sl1, k3; repeat from * to last 2 sts, wyib sl1, k1.

Row 5: With A, k1, *wyif sl 1, k3; rep from * to last two sts, wyif sl 1, k1.

Repeat 2-5 until piece measures 6” (or desired length) from cast on edge end with row 5.

For Dishcloth – BO and weave in ends


Bind off. Transfer last live stitch to a crochet hook, chain 18, with crochet hook use single crochet to attach the loop to the flat knit piece.

Cut yarn tail of 30” for seaming and pull through remaining live stitch to bind off.

Fold piece in half, seam side and bottom edges.

Add a bar of soap and help your community!

Please post your projects on Ravelry! I can't wait to see what you create!

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