Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Series: Pattern #1: “Swish with a Twist”

Swish with a Twist knitted washcloth pattern.

Swish with a Twist knitted washcloth pattern.  [Click image to enlarge]

Skill Level


Finished Size

Approx 9 inch square


•   Worsted weight yarn (sample above made with Premier Home Cotton, in cranberry)

•   Size 6 (4mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

•   2 cable needles


20 sts = 4 inches/10cm in pat

Exact gauge is not critical to this project.

Special Abbreviation

W2 (wrap twice): Insert tip of RH needle into next st, wrap yarn around needle twice, pull through. On next row, sl st, dropping 2nd wrap.

Pattern Note

Sl all sts as if to purl with yarn on WS
of fabric.


Cast on 44 sts. Knit 4 rows.

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: K3, [p6, k2] 4 times, end p6, k3.

Rows 3–6: [Rep Rows 1 and 2] twice.

Row 7: K8, [w2, k2, w2, k4] 4 times, end k4.

Row 8: K3, p1, k4 [sl 1, k2, sl 1, k4] 4 times, end p1, k3.

Row 9: K8, [sl 1, k2, sl 1, k4] 4 times, end k4.

Row 10: Rep Row 8.

Row 11: K8, [sl next st to cn and hold in front, sl next 2 sts to 2nd cn and hold in back, knit next st, k2 from 2nd cn, k1 from first cn, k4] 4 times, end k4.

Row 12: Rep Row 2.

[Rep Rows 3–12] 4 times, then rep Rows 1 and 2 twice.

Knit 5 rows.

Bind off all sts.



Further resources:

Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Series free washcloth patterns.

Click here for an introduction about this pattern.

37 Responses to Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Series: Pattern #1: “Swish with a Twist”

  1. Jean C Haarman says:

    looks like this might be fun, good almost spring project

  2. Jean C Haarman says:

    another beautiful cloth…

  3. Carolyn Kelly says:

    Love to knit!

  4. Carolyn Kelly says:

    So excited to get started with this Share the Love club!

  5. Janet Nuckles says:

    How do I watch the Learn a Stitch Knit Along? Very frustrated. It’s 30 minutes in and I can’t find the location to watch!

  6. MaryAnne says:

    Love this idea of obtaining new patterns. Thanks!

  7. Sapph says:

    Looking forward to trying.

  8. bonsaidebbie@yahoo.com says:

    I can hardly wait to try this pattern Thank You.

  9. Lyn Robins says:

    Been knitting washcloths for a few months now. Great to get new patterns.Had to smile at the comment “good for spring” Down here it is coming into autumn or as you know it, fall.

  10. Susan says:

    I am very excited about this learning new stitches. I appreciate getting out of the comfort zone. That you for this series.

  11. Kathy Stasko says:

    I love this! I want to try to make a prayer shawl with this pattern!

  12. Patricia says:

    Have been non weight bearing for 4 months – 2 more to go – have exhausted what I do know in knitting and have so wanted to learn the cable stitch. I am excited!!!

  13. Karen says:

    Looks like fun. Thanks for the opportunity to learn new skills and simple ways to apply them.

  14. SHASHI GUPTA says:

    Looking forward to learning new designs…Thank you so much.

  15. Neena says:

    Wow lovely pattern

  16. CS says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to learn new knitting stitches.

  17. Ilehlia says:

    On the blog comments I said these would make lovely squares for afghans or baby blankets, and in the time it took to get to this pattern page, it also occurred to me that these would make beautiful and unique scarves too! Just keep going and going for the length… Thanks for sharing and I look forward to getting started.

    • Kara says:

      Yes, these would make fantastic scarves…my head is already swimming with ideas. I’d love to create a video also showing how to do this, as well as working with different yarn weights and fibers. One of my favorite things to do is to take one pattern, and experiment with totally different yarns to see what happens. I love being surprised!

  18. Marie Binkowski says:

    I can’t wait to make this cloth and learn new stitches.

  19. Helen Lord says:

    Would love to be able to download/save this (and subsequent others) to my computer but there’s no “print” or “download” button. I often find this to be the case. I don’t want to be trying to work while looking at my computer for each new step. Can you help?

    • Kara says:

      As noted in earlier comments, you’ll have to do a print preview and print only the pages you’ll need. Hope you enjoy this free pattern!

  20. Patricia Ferrari says:

    Is there anyway to copy the pattern without copying all of the comments? I just used 4 sheets of copy paper with usless comments. They hadn’t even tried the pattern

    • Kara says:

      You should first do a page preview before you hit print so you can see which pages correspond to the pattern and and then only print those only.

  21. rose911 says:

    where do I do the WS. Is it in between each row written?

  22. Nancy says:

    Sounds like fun

  23. Rebecca Harvey says:

    I can’t wait to give this new pattern a try. Happy Knitting everyone.

  24. Evelyn Stilson-Ouderkirk says:

    I love this pattern – it reminds me of the wedding ring quilt pattern. I think I’m going to experiment with multiple colors.

  25. sweeyi says:

    I cannot wait to try this and the knit along.

  26. Paula Farnham says:

    I love the washcloths–with fourteen granddaughters scrubbing their little faces for a beautiful complexion, washcloths are in demand. But, one question, how do I get to the blog to join in the conversation?

  27. margo hines says:

    Looking forward to the projects.

  28. margo hines says:


  29. Natalie E. says:

    Oh, wow! I love this pattern. I didn’t know it was a cable until I got to row 11, lol. I made a smaller version with 28 stitches with only 2 repeats. Now it is about 5″.

  30. janet hugg says:

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but when I start the first repeat after row 12, the odd rows are now the wrong side of the cloth and my cable twist shows up on the back side instead of the front. Please help!

    • Kara says:

      Oops, sounds like you missed a row somewhere. Your twist should not be on the backside of the work. Sounds like you worked Row 11 on the WS is my guess, but I can’t really tell unless you can share more details.

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