I still don't know what acceptable, traditional 'pattern speak' is so you'll have to bear with me and ask questions if I give an instruction that is incomprehensible. I'm going to just put up the instructions for the pattern.
K# - knit specified number of stitches
P# - purl specified number of stitches
R Randmacshe (first / last stitch)
NOTE: The pattern is worked over 5 + 1 + 2 stitches. This means the pattern covers 5 stitches plus one ending stitch to finish a multiple iteration row plus one beginning stitch and one ending stitch. In German, the first and last stitches are called Randmaschen and that is how I always think of them. The Randmaschen are never part of the pattern.
Row 1: R, * K5 *, K1, R
Row 2: Repeat Row 1
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: R, * K1, P4 *, K1, R
Row 5: Repeat Row 1
Row 6: Repeat Row 4
Row 7: Repeat Row 1
Row 8: Repeat Row 4
This completes the 8 rows that make up one iteration of the pattern. The asterisks (*) in the pattern rows indicate the 5 stitches of the pattern.
To make the washcloth, cast on as many multiples of 5 as you'd like plus 3 extra stitches. Work the eight rows of the pattern for as long as you'd like the washcloth to be. End the pattern on Row 8. To finish, repeat Row 1 twice. Bind off on the next row.
My washcloth was 43 stitches wide and 58 rows long.