You probably are knitting tighter than the person who designed and knit the pattern. Check the gauge on your hat and washcloth and compare it to the gauge in the pattern. I think you'll find you have more stitches per inch than the pattern is written for.
You might in the future need to do a gauge swatch before you start a project--you may need to go up a needle size or two or even three.
"Trust the pattern!"
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