Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Series–Free Washcloth Pattern #2: Turn Back Time Spa Cloth

Tutorial By Tabetha Hedrick

Turn Back Time Spa Cloth is such a fun washcloth to make. I had a blast working on the sample. It is worked in the round (and yet it is square! It is like magic…. ooooooo!) and with the Premier Home Cotton, the texture was smooth and easy to achieve.

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Click HERE to get the pattern!

Now, working in the round, on double-point needles with a small number of stitches can be quite … well, fiddly. But, with a little practice and my help, you’ll master it quickly enough and cruise forward to a super-cute washcloth!

Work the cast-on and Row 1 as the pattern states, which you can get HERE. When it comes to dividing the stitches, here’s my suggestion:

Dividing the Stitches

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Step 1: From the end of the needle without all the dangly yarn, slip 2 stitches onto one needle. Slide them down to the center so they don’t get lost.

Step 2: Take a second needle and, right where you left off with the last stitches, slip the next 2 stitches onto it. Again, slide them down to the center so they don’t get lost.


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Step 3: Now, using your forefinger and thumb, pinch the center so that you grab all of the stitches and flip the needles around so that the needle with 4 stitches (well 3 if you don’t count that weird, almost-a-yarn-over at the end of the row. Don’t worry – we’ll talk about that in a minute) is moved to the right side. We’ll call this Needle 3 or the “end of the round” needle.

Joining in the Round

Row 2 is where we are going to join in the round (officially) AND deal with the almost-a-yarn-over issue. This might feel weird, but hang tight with me.


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Step 4: Pull the working yarn underneath the needle, towards you. See how it looks like you have 4 stitches on the needle now? Well, almost.

Step 5: Make sure it is really underneath. Now, insert a new needle into the first stitch on the first needle (or Needle 1, the needle on the left). Pause here for a second.

Step 6: Take that working yarn, which is sort of sitting on the front of Needle 3, and pull it over the top of Needle 3 to the back.

Step 7: Knit that stitch on Needle 1 (the one we paused at in Step 5). BOOM! You now have 4 stitches on Needle 3, you joined in the round, and you can continue with the rest of the stitches from Round 2 as noted in the pattern. Here’s what it looks like when you’ve worked all the way around:


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Keep going around like this, following the pattern, until you have too many stitches to fit comfortably on the needle. When you get to about Row 13 or 15, switch out those double-pointed needles for a set of 16-inch circulars. It’s pretty much home free at this point!

Have fun with your knitting and be sure to share your finished block with me over on the Creative Knitting Fans Group on Ravelry! 

Tabetha Hedrick
Tabetha lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment, especially when it comes to fiber. Surrounding herself with yarn through knitting, designing, spinning and teaching ensures that blissful continuity. Tabetha is a regular contributor to Creative Knittingmagazine, and is the editor of the Creative Knitting newsletter. To learn more about Tabetha, visit www.tabethahedrick.com.

12 Responses to Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Series–Free Washcloth Pattern #2: Turn Back Time Spa Cloth

  1. Joan says:

    What length of double pointed needles? 4″, 5″, 6″?

  2. Rebecca says:

    Is there another pattern for those of us who have arthritic hands? I’ve tried for 3 hours and can not get the pattern started.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      I’m sorry you’re having trouble with this pattern, but hang tight because on Friday, I’ll be posting an easy pattern that I think you’ll like. No double-points needed!

  3. janet hugg says:

    I believe the pattern is incorrect for rows 23 through 34. Because it is knit in the round, knitting all these rows results in a plain stockinette surrounding the central design element. The picture indicates a combination of knit and purled rows. Is there a correction available?

    • Kara says:

      Hi Janet,
      I just consulted with Tabetha, and the pattern is accurate. Can you explain your problem further? Thanks!

      • janet hugg says:

        Please notice that starting with row 23, after the center motif is completed, the pattern says to knit every row through to the end. I followed this direction and ended up with plain stockinette. The picture shows a combination of knit and purled rows.

        • Kara says:

          Hi Janet,
          Actually, the pattern does not say to knit every row through to the end after Row 23. Here’s what the pattern states:

          Rnd 23: [K1, yo, k21, yo] 4 times. (96 sts)
          Rnd 24: [K1, k1-tbl, k21, k1-tbl] 4 times.
          Rnd 25: [K1, yo, p23, yo] 4 times. (104 sts)
          Rnd 26: [K1, k1-tbl, p23, k1-tbl] 4 times.
          Rnd 27: [K1, yo, p25, yo] 4 times. (112 sts)
          Rnd 28: [K1, k1-tbl, p25, k1-tbl] 4 times.
          Rnd 29: [K1, yo, k27, yo] 4 times. (120 sts)
          Rnd 30: [K1, k1-tbl, k27, k1-tbl] 4 times.
          Rnd 31: [K1, yo, k29, yo] 4 times. (128 sts)
          Rnd 32: [K1, k1-tbl, p29, k1-tbl] 4 times.
          Rnd 33: [K1, yo, k31, yo] 4 times. (136 sts)
          Rnd 34: [K1, k1-tbl, p31, k1-tbl] 4 times.

          Yes, ROUNDS 23 and 24 are knit, but Rounds 25-28 are purled, then 3 knit rounds, then 1 purl, then 1 knit, and then finally the last purl. The pattern is correct (as is the image).

          Hope this helps! Did you try chatting with others on Ravelry? Many of the participants have finished the pattern without a problem. I’m sure you can get more help there if you’re still confused.

          • janet hugg says:

            Thanks for your patience. I must need new glasses! Totally missed the “p’s” on rows 25-28.

  4. Susan Tucceri says:

    Did I read row # 21 wrong? I’m just a medium-skill knitter and it looks like the psso was really the two stitch commands before it. Tough challenge but I’m 4 rows from being done!

  5. Deborah Gooch says:

    I am having so much fun learning these new stitches and with it being a small project it is not overwhelming. Thank you very much.

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