The Willow Tea Towel Knitting Pattern

Hey friend! I’m so glad you clicked on this pattern. It is one of my favorite designs.

I designed this tea towel to match The Willow Dishcloth, a design from last Spring that has been the most popular dishcloth I have designed so far. It is a simple pattern that combines knit and purl stitches to create a beautiful and unique texture. I think this towel would make a lovely gift or addition to your own kitchen. It’s modern, but timeless, and I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I enjoyed designing. I have added some helpful tips in the “notes” section but please leave a comment or reach out via email if you have any questions along the way!

Happy knitting!

Materials
  • Worsted weight (4) cotton yarn – approx. 200 yards
  • US 8 / 5.0mm knitting needles, straight or circular
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tool
Abbreviations
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • sl – slip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • wyib – with yarn in back
  • ** – repeat what is in between
Notes
  • This pattern is worked in three sections instead of row by row. Each section will have a new row 1.
  • ALL slip stitches are PURL wise unless otherwise stated.
  • This tea towel is worked flat.
  • The odd rows are the right side, and even rows are the wrong side.
  • Pay careful attention to the beginning and end of each row so you have a lovely, i-cord edge.
  • If you want to knit a bigger towel, make sure you cast on an even number of stitches.
Yarn

I designed this towel with Dishie from Knitpicks because it is super soft to knit with. I used the color Linen for this towel. Some of my other favorite cotton yarns are Lily Sugar’n Cream, Bernat Handicrafter DeLux, Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton (slightly thinner), and Peaches and Cream from Walmart. I prefer to use 100% cotton because it holds up well and usually doesn’t pill.

Copyright

Thank you so much for choosing to make this pattern. Just a reminder that it is the property of Kneedles & Life by Kalley Reedy and may not be altered or published as your own in any form. You are welcome to sell the finished product for a fair price, but please give credit to me, the designer, in your description. Please make sure to use your own pictures as well.

If you share a picture on Instagram, I would love to see it! Please tag me @kneedlesandlife and use the hashtag #willowteatowel.

Pattern

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This towel has a front and back. I recommend placing a stitch marker on the front to help you remember if you’re working the right or wrong side.

SECTION I – Hurdle Stitch

Long tail cast on 64 sts. This will make about a 14″ x 19″ towel. If you’d like a bigger towel, cast on more sts in multiples of 2 and make your seed stitch section a little taller.

Row 1: k across the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 2: p2, k across the rest of the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Row 3: k2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 4: p2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Repeat rows 1-4 seven more times for a total of 8 hurdle sections, or until it reaches approx. 5″ tall. Then repeat rows 1-2 ONE time. Now continue to section II.

SECTION II – Seed Stitch

Row 1: k2, *k1, p1 until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 2: p2, *p1, k1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Repeat rows 1-2 of Section II until your towel measures 14″ tall from the cast on edge. Make sure you finish after a row 1. Then work the transition row on the next page.

TRANSITION ROW:

You should have finished after a row 1, so you will now be working on the wrong side.

p2, k across the rest of the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif. Continue to section III.

SECTION III – Hurdle Stitch

At the beginning of this section, it will become more obvious that the front and back look a little different. If you feel like you did something wrong and your towel looks different than mine, you may be looking at the back instead of the front.

Row 1: k2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 2: p2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Row 3: k across the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 4: p2, k across the rest of the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Repeat rows 1-4 seven more times (8 hurdle sections. Then continue to the bind off.

Bind off: k each st while working a standard bind off. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

To create a little loop at the top for hanging, I crocheted a chain of about 20 and then tied it onto the corner!


I hope you enjoy your new towel! Please remember to tag me on IG @kneedlesandlife so I can see the colors you make. Thank you again for choosing my pattern. It means the world to me!

XO, Kalley

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7 Comments

  1. 5.10.21
    Connie said:

    How does one keep these from souring or becoming smelly?

    • 5.11.21
      Kalley said:

      You can machine wash them. 🙂 Between washes, make sure to hang somewhere on the sink that it can dry.

  2. 6.5.21
    Sara said:

    Hi! I just started this with the hurdle stitch section, and I am confused by how to proceed and I can’t seem to find anything on the internet that is helpful in regards to working (icord?) edges with 2 slipped stitches.

    Row 1: k2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.
    Row 2: p2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

    So, with Row 2, do you slip the 1st 2 stitches, since your working yarn is two stitches behind having just slipped these last 2 stitches with the previous row, or do you just grab the yarn even though it’s two stitches behind and p2 by just grabbing it that way?

    • 6.5.21
      Kalley said:

      Yep you just grab the yarn!

      • 6.6.21
        Sara said:

        Ok thank you!

  3. 7.11.21
    Dana said:

    Admiring your Willow dishcloth, but have a question……..
    At the end of a row “slip both with yarn in back”
    Do you mean one st. At a time? Or slip both sts. Together
    With yarn in back?
    Thank you for a beautiful pattern

    • 7.11.21
      Kalley said:

      Thank you, Dana! Since you are slipping the stitches purl wise, you can slip them one at a time or together and it won’t make any difference. And yes keep the working yarn in the back. 🙂