Minecraft's style just begs to be recreated in the physical world in one way or another. The blocky look works perfectly with lots of crafts including knitting so I decided to make a fun creeper head washcloth since you can never have too many :)
I have a knit washcloth I got as a gift that is four hearts in a large square with the knit and purls alternating so I used that style with my pattern.
Step 1: Stitches and Supplies
Knitting techniques you need to know:
- Cast On
- Cast Off
- Size 8 Knitting Needles
- Yarn Needle
- Green (mine was called Vintage Green) 100% Cotton Yarn - You need cotton for dishcloths and washcloths. The shade of green is your choice, but as much as I like to use variegated yarns, I don't recommend them for this project (like I used in my tests) because the image tends to disappear.
Step 2: Testing Patterns
I didn't do many changes to my pattern, but I did end up with 2 test runs before I had a pattern I liked. Here is just a quick look at the two patterns I tried first and tweaked until I had it the way I wanted it. I only knit it halfway because there wasn't a point in doing the whole thing if I didn't like the pattern. Besides deciding how I wanted the face, I also measured so my end washcloth would be as close to square as I could get it.
When I did my first one, the face was too small and scrunched. It was a little hard to judge since the cells on the sheet document weren't how it was going to turn out. It comes out shorter than the image looks like.
With my second try, I elongated the face and enlarged some of the areas. It was better, but the faces were too close together. I also switched from the size 10 needle I used for my first one to size 8.
I ended up making the face pattern just a little skinnier and added an extra row above each face. Technically, the face should line up with the bottom as that is how a creepers face really looks, but people usually depict it as being centered, so I sort of went both ways by first centering it, but then adding a row at the top of the face so the face shifts down a little. These 2 extra rows also helped me get the washcloth more square.
The next step will have the final pattern!
Step 3: Pattern
I designed the pattern using Google Sheets. I've provided the visual pattern and the written pattern below so you can use whichever works for you. I actually just liked having the visual pattern open on my computer and I would highlight the row I was on, and when I finished it, I bolded it and moved onto the next row.
A lot of the rows in this pattern actually repeat since the creeper face is boxy which makes for a pretty basic pattern.
- Cast on 38 Stitches
- Row 1 - 5: Knit across
- Row 6 - 10: K3, P16, K19
- Row 11 - 16: K3, P2, K4, P4, K4, P2, K2, P4, K4, P4, K5
- Row 17 - 19: K3, P6, K4, P6, K6, P4, K9
- Row 20 - 22: K3, P4, K8, P4, K4, P8, K7
- Row 23 - 26: K3, P4, K2, P4, K2, P4, K4, P2, K4, P2, K7
- Row 27 - 30: K3, P16, K19
- Row 31 - 35: K19, P16, K3
- Row 36 - 41: K5, P4, K4, P4, K2, P2, K4, P4, K4, P2, K3
- Row 42 - 44: K9, P4, K6, P6, K4, P6, K3
- Row 45 - 47: K7, P8, K4, P4, K8, P4, K3
- Row 48 - 51: K7, P2, K4, P2, K4, P4, K2, P4, K2, P4, K3
- Row 52 - 55: K19, P16, K3
- Row 56 - 60: Knit across
- Cast Off
Step 4: Cast On
You can cast on with any technique you want, but I learned a new one that I like better than the usual method I used so I wanted to share it. I think this method is better because usually when I cast on I would end up with not enough yarn and would have to start casting on again or would have a long tail.
All you need is a crochet hook of similar size to your knitting needles. I used one that was slightly bigger just because that is what I had sitting around :)
Step 5: All Done!
And beware of knotted yarn! When I got a few rows beyond halfway with this project, I found a knot in my yarn! How dare they! So now my washcloth has a backside to try to hide that horrible knot.