I made this pretty flower washcloth from a pattern from a book called Weekend Knitting
by Melanie Falick. She described the way you knit it as reverse bloom style. First you knit the five petals with gradual increases from the bottom in, then you connect them and knit them in the round, with gradual decreases, to the middle.
I used Lion Brand Microspun and used like 5/8 of a skein. (An acrylic yarn that absorbs water, yay!)
I also made a pillow with this pattern.
I sewed two washcloths together and stuffed it. I used cheap Red Heart Acrylic yarn.