New at P & P–CRAFT DAY! by Pam Crooks

To fill unscheduled blog days that pop up periodically throughout the year, the fillies will be featuring some crafts, decorating ideas, and a variety of other fun things we think you will enjoy.

Now, I’m not a big knitter although I’ve been knitting most of my life.  Basic projects, mostly, like winter scarves, but my all-time favorite is a simple washcloth.

what if life were a ball of yarn?

I’ve made stacks of these over the years. They’re great for tucking into Christmas stockings (yep, my adult daughters still get them hung on our mantle), to give away as bridal shower gifts, to needy families during the holidays and so on.  They wash up beautifully, absorb beautifully, and are my favorite go-to washcloth in my kitchen towel drawer

I can make one of these in two good nights in front of the television. The instructions are super-simple, and I’m happy to share them with you.



Size 8 knitting needles

100% cotton yarn (I love the Peaches & Crème brand)


  • Cast on 4 stitches. (I usually do 5 stitches)
  • Knit 1 row
  • Knit 2 stitches. Move yarn over to front to create an extra stitch.
  • Finish row.
  • Work until 50 stitches are on the needle.

To Decrease:

Knit 1 stitch

  • Knit 2 together
  • Yarn over
  • Knit 2 together
  • Knit to the end of the row
  • Repeat until 4 stitches are left on the needle.
  • Cast off. When 1 stitch is left, cut 6″ tail of yarn and pull through the loop.  Tighten, then weave tail through.  I use a crotchet hook to do this.

I’m giving away a washcloth to two winners.  To be eligible, just tell me if you like to do needlework?  Knit? Crotchet? Counted cross stitch?