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!
- Worsted weight (4) cotton yarn – approx. 200 yards
- US 8 / 5.0mm knitting needles, straight or circular
- Measuring tool
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!