Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Series–Free Washcloth Pattern #1: Swish with a Twist

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Get your first free pattern featured in this special Stitch Block Series: Learn a Stitch, Share the Love. Swish with a Twist is made with Premier Home Cotton.

Grab a copy of the pattern HERE!

Swish with a Twist [click to enlarge]

Swish with a Twist [click to enlarge]

If you’re new to knitting, but feel ready to dive into a new technique, then cable knitting is the perfect next step.

Swish with a Twist is chock-full of techniques that you can add to your knitting arsenal, but before we get started, I’d like to give you a quick overview of what you’ll learn, along with a few common questions about cable knitting:

Q: What is a cable needle, and why are there so many different kinds?

A: Cable needles come in many shapes and sizes and are made in a variety of materials such as: plastic, metal, wood and bamboo. The size and kind of needle you choose, depends on a few factors:

  • Personal preference: As you can see in the examples below, cable needles come in a variety of shapes and it’s up to you to decide which kind fits your knitting style.
  • Texture of yarn: For example, if you’re working with a slippery yarn, you may choose a wood or bamboo cable needle.
  • Weight of yarn: You may need to work with either a thicker or thinner cable needle depending on your yarn weight. For example, if you’re working cables on sock-weight yarn, the thin metal cable needle shown below would be a good option.
Cable needles come in all shapes and sizes!

Cable needles come in all shapes and sizes!

Q: Why are two cable needles used for this project?

A: Two cable needs are used in order to create the lovely stitches that cross over each other. If you look closely at the swatch below, you’ll see that the first completed cross, which is to the right of the cable needles. The stitch on the top was held on the first cable needle at front, and the two stitches behind it, were held at back on the second cable needle. Now, take a look at the two cable needles—these show the live stitches waiting to be worked, which will result in the crossing stitches.

Learn how to use cable needles. [click to enlarge]

Q: What happens when a stitch is held at the front or at the back of the work?

A: The photo below illustrates the effect of holding a cable needle at either the front or the back of the work. When the cable needle is held at the back, this results as a “right-crossing” cable. When the cable needle is held at the front, this produces a “left-crossing” cable. To learn more about cable knitting, check out this post.

Right and left crossing cables


  1. Click here to get your free Swish with a Twist pattern.
  2. Go to Annie’s to purchase Premier Home Cotton if you haven’t yet.
  3. Visit the Creative Knitting Fans Group on Ravelry to join the knitalong, interact with other knitters, ask questions, and have a good time!

Now have fun knitting!

51 Responses to Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Series–Free Washcloth Pattern #1: Swish with a Twist

  1. Gail ronan says:

    Cannot find link to download free pattern

  2. Sherry Hartley says:

    Can’t wait

  3. myramahm says:

    Thank you for the invitation.

  4. Robin Dement says:

    I’ve never done a knit-a-long. Looking forward to it.

  5. Richard Herman says:

    Great ideas and will start knitting along right away…

  6. Stella Shiraishi says:

    bought yarn. Ready to start. How do I get the pattern?

  7. pattid says:

    Great idea love the washcloths, looking forward to the camaraderie

  8. Alice says:

    I can’t find the link.

  9. Joan Ruffing says:

    I am a confident beginner. I don’t understand what some abbreviations mean. What do you mean when you say wrap twice? Does it mean yarn over twice then pull through both those wraps?

    • Kara says:

      Hi Joan,
      Wrap twice is actually like a regular yarn over, you just wrap it twice, then on the next row, you drop the wrapped stitches. This makes the stitch look elongated.

      Hope this helps!

  10. Donna says:

    First knit along – looks like fun – love the first pattern

  11. Mary Knitter says:

    I’ve looked everywhere – simply can’t find any way to print the pattern

  12. brenda long says:

    Gail ronan look above comments to #1

  13. MEGAN HALL says:

    I love your “pages”and intend passing your web details to other nutters…sorry I mean KNITTERS! ha ha ha

  14. Joanne says:

    Great idea. What great idea. Looking forward to all the fun

  15. DeniseMarie says:

    I like the pattern of this first wash cloth. It looks like a marriage quilt design? Love how the rings intertwine. I’m not crazy about flowers, but, will still continue to see what’s next. Thank You for the explanation of cable needles and very good photo prompts.

  16. Linda Geiger says:

    First knit along I’m excited and starting tonight.

  17. Linda Geiger says:

    First knit along. I’m excited to join this group.

  18. Teresa Brett says:

    Looking forward to making my new wash cloth

  19. Beverly Bonnema-Ream says:

    Looking forward.

  20. Patricia Gifford says:

    Am hoping this little knitalong will help me learn how to make all the other stitches I need to knit independently. I can sure knit and purl.

  21. Ilehlia says:

    I like the idea of doing a variety of squares for a knitalong. I can see how combinations of these will make nice afghans and baby blankets. That’s how I intend to use them. Thanks for organizing this.

  22. Patricia Wark says:

    I cannot find the link to the free dishcloth pattern!

  23. Ellen Tolbert says:

    Looking forward to knitting along. This is a great design.

  24. Marie says:

    I’m very thankful and looking forward to do this knit along. I have lots of left over yarn from previous projects, and I think that I will incorporate the squares into a blanket. Can’t wait to finish all and each of the squares….. LOVE YOU Creative Knitting!

  25. Annie Cameron says:

    How does a Knit a long work do I need to go to Ravelry at a certain time as I’m in Australia and am not sure of the USA times. I would love to expand the patterns I’m confident with and this looks a great way to do it. I would use a yarn I can purchase here but do know how to substitute by ply weight.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Annie,
      There really is not time that you need to join in because the knitalong is constantly going on. Basically, you go the Creative Knitting Fans page on Ravelry and join other knitters who are making the washcloths. That’s it!

  26. Billie Jacobson says:

    Are we going to get a new pattern weekly?

  27. pattid says:

    Great idea love the washcloths, looking forward to the camaraderie.

  28. Billie says:

    Did one in pink and one in line green. Like knitting this one. Can’t wait until Friday for the next one. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Lisa Davis says:

    Made one tonight while watching the Olympics, using ivory Sugar and Cream I had in stash. Lovely! I had enough left to make a largish coaster over twenty stitches – just two blocks each way and one cross – with a crocheted border to use up the last bit.

    I really like the pattern and might make blocks for an afghan using this stitch pattern!

  30. Pam says:

    Where can I find a listing of abbreviations? This is my first time doing a cable stitch.

  31. CS says:

    Finished my Swish with a Twist project in Home Cotton’s Sage and it was fun. I’m looking forward to starting this Friday’s project.

  32. Susannah says:

    Is there a video to show how you wrap twice?


  33. sweeyi says:


    I cannot find the second knit along block pattern please help



    • Kara says:

      The current pattern was posted on 2/21, and is the most recent post on this blog. You can find the pattern there. You’ll see a nice big link “Click HERE for pattern.”

  34. Ben Dan and Brian says:

    That is very useful. Can’t wait to give this a go!

  35. Sandra Spencer says:

    I have been looking for the new knitalong dishcloth pattern for March 7 and can’t find it. I don’t remember how I found the previous two. I have enjoyed doing these but have trouble navigating the website because I am not familiar with blogging.

  36. Willa says:

    I have the first “square” but some how have missed all the rest. Is there any way I can receive the rest of the squares?

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