Introduction: Handheld Facial Decontamination Device Aka an Instructables Robot Washcloth
Your kids have been running amuck and are filthy. You have no clean towels. You have a yarn stash that's getting out of control. And there's a fiber arts contest on Instructables. What do you do? You make your very own Instructables Robot knit washcloth and document it, naturally.
Knitting is fun and washcloths are quick and easy. Washcloths aren't your thing? Make it a dish cloth. A soft and absorbent napkin. The options are endless.
This is a quick and easy pattern I threw together to incorporate our favorite robot, mishapened smile and eyes and all. The pattern is knitted in a worsted weight and measures approximately 9"x9.5". Make sure to use 100% cotton if you want it to absorb, acrylic yarn will just smear liquids around.
Step 1: Let's Get Started!
This pattern is knitted flat. Your robot will show up as a relief on both sides of the washcloth. After I cast on my stitches, I like to leave a long enough tail that I can weave it back in to the knitting as I go (see second picture in this section). I use both the tail of the yarn and the working thread to knit my first row for at least a few stitches. This will weave the initial tail in to your work as you go so you don't have to weave it in later.
There's no way to make the pattern more enjoyable to read. So for your own sanity don't forget to take breaks as needed. Grab a snack, walk the dog, stand on a rock mat and massage your feet. Whatever makes you happy.
Instructuables Robot Washcloth Pattern:
For the sake of this pattern, please note the following abbreviations:
- CO - Cast on
- k - knit (k3 - knit 3, etc)
- p - purl (p4 - purl 4, etc)
- BO - Bind off
Start by CO 40 stitches
Rows 1-6: k40
Rows 7, 9, and 11: k3, p34, k3
Rows 8 and 10: k40
Row 12: k3, p1, k32, p1, k3
Row 13: k5, p29, k6
Row 14: k3, p4, k27, p3, k3
Row 15: k6, p27, k7
Row 16: k3, p5, k25, p4, k3
Row 17: k8, p23, k9
Row 18: k3, p7, k21, p6, k3
Row 19: k9, p20, k11
Row 20: k3, p8, k1, p18, k1, p6, k3
Rows 21, 23, 25, and 27: k9, p20, k11
Row 22, 24, 26, and 28: k3, p8, k20, p6, k3
Row 29: k9, p3, k13, p4, k11
Row 30 and 32: k3, p8, k20, p6, k3
Row 31: k9, p20, k11
Row 33: k4, p30, k6
Row 34: k3, p3, k4, p1, k20, p1, k4, p1, k3
Row 35: k9, p20, k11
Row 36: k3, p8, k20, p6, k3
Row 37: k9, p6, k2, p4, k3, p5, k11
Row 38: k3, p8, k4, p5, k2, p4, k5, p6, k3
Row 39: k9, p5, k4, p2, k5, p4, k11
Row 40: k3, p8, k4, p5, k3, p2, k6, p6, k3
Row 41: k9, p12, k3, p5, k11
Rows 42, 44, 46, 48, and 50: k3, p8, k20, p6, k3
Rows 43, 45, 47, 49, and 51: k9, p20, k11
Rows 52 and 54: k3, p34, k3
Rows 53 and 55: k40
Rows 56-60: k40
BO knitwise and weave in any loose ends
Step 2: Enjoy Your New Robot Slave
That's it! You've now created your very own instructables robot cleaning slave.The pictures show both sides of the washcloth. Some find one side easier to see then the other, but both work equally well for cleaning.
Participated in the
Fiber Arts Contest
3 years ago
Nice job on the design :)