Tuck a Classic Woven Dishtowel into your waistband so it’s always in reach as you move from fridge to cutting board to stove. These beautiful dishtowels are thirsty for kitchen duty… And awfully pretty, too!

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Aside from their good looks, our Classic Woven Dishtowels are also absorbent, machine washable, durable, and quick to make! You’ll speed through the work on our favorite table-size Cricket Loom from Schacht Spindle Co.

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To make a set of four, warp your loom just once with our super soft, unmercerized Cotton Pure. Then use the same yarn to work the weft, switching gears every now and then to add textural Lantern stripes. We used Lantern’s Blue Black for a truly classic look, but it’s available in so many gorgeous colors, we can imagine a rainbow of dishtowels!

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If you want to make your set just like ours, pick up a Classic Woven Dishtowels Bundle. It includes four skeins of Cotton Pure and one of Lantern, all the yarn you’ll need to make four towels… Maybe two for yourself and two for a fellow cook who, like you, appreciates a classic staple!

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Designed for Purl Soho by Carrie Laing.

Materials

Purl Soho’s Classic Woven Dishtowels Bundle includes…

  • Main Yarn: 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure, 100% Pima cotton, in Egret White
  • Contrast Yarn: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Lantern, 61% cotton and 39% linen. Choose from four colors: Blue Black (that’s what we used!), Bluegrass Blue, Cinnabar Red, or Orange Poppy.

You will also need…

  • Schacht Spindle Co’s 15-inch Cricket Loom (and the 8-dent, 15-inch Reed that comes with it)

Note

Using The Cricket Loom

Cricket Looms come with a very user-friendly instructional booklet that walks you through every step of the weaving process, from assembling the loom to tying the fringe. For even more guidance, check out our Cricket Loom Tips.

Structure

Plain Weave

Warp

Warp Length: 155 inches (includes 12 inches of loom waste on both ends and 10 inches of loom waste between each dishtowel)

Warp Ends: 114

Width in Reed: 12 5/8 inches

On the Loom:

Ends Per Inch (E.P.I): 8

Picks Per Inch (P.P.I): 13

Off the Loom:

Ends Per Inch (E.P.I): 10

Picks Per Inch (P.P.I): 14                                          

Size

Finished Dimensions, Unblocked: 12 1/2 x 25 inches

Finished Dimensions, Blocked: 11 1/2 x 24 inches

Pattern

Warp the Loom

Set up the warping peg 155 inches from the front of the loom (the side at the front edge of the table).

Tie the Main Yarn onto the back apron bar.

With an 8-dent reed in place and using the Main Yarn, begin threading the heddle by pulling the first loop of yarn through the second slat from the right end of the reed.

Working from right to left, thread the next 56 slats, so there are 57 slats threaded in total.

Cut the Main Yarn and tie it to the back apron rod.

Finish the warp according to the Cricket Loom instructions, transferring one strand from each slot to the hole to the right of it. You should have 114 warp ends in total.

Tie the warp onto the front apron bar in groups of 6.

Weave

NOTE: After weaving each dishtowel, finish both ends with a hemstitch (see Finish section, below), then loosen the warp tension a bit and cut the towel off the loom, leaving about a 1-inch fringe. Re-tie the warp threads onto the front apron bar and begin weaving the next towel. This method is a bit quicker than weaving scrap yarn between each towel and maintains an evener tension.

Dishtowel 1

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Wind one shuttle with the Main Yarn and a second shuttle with the Contrast Yarn.

Leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn at the beginning…

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 18 1/2 inches.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 15 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

Cut both yarns, leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn.

Finish both ends with a hemstitch (see Note, above, and Finish section, below).

Dishtowel 2

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Wind one shuttle with the Main Yarn and a second shuttle with the Contrast Yarn.

Leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn at the beginning…

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 18 1/2 inches.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 15 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

Cut both yarns, leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn.

Finish both ends with a hemstitch (see Note, above, and Finish section, below).

Dishtowel 3

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Wind one shuttle with the Main Yarn and a second shuttle with the Contrast Yarn.

Leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn at the beginning…

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 7 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 15 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 19 inches.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 3 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

Cut both yarns, leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn.

Finish both ends with a hemstitch (see Note, above, and Finish section, below).

Dishtowel 4

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Wind one shuttle with the Main Yarn and a second shuttle with the Contrast Yarn.

Leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn at the beginning…

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 15 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 18 inches.

With the Contrast Yarn, weave 32 rows.

With the Main Yarn, weave 16 rows.

Cut both yarns, leaving a 36-inch tail of Main Yarn.

Finish both ends with a hemstitch (see Finish section, below).

Finish

NOTE: For a complete how-to on this step, visit our Finishing with Hemstitch Tutorial.

Use the 36-inch tails to finish each end of each dishtowel with a hemstitch.

Make the hemstitch around groups of 6 warp ends across the width of the towel.

Cut the fringe 1/2 inch from the end of the weaving.

Weave in the hemstitch tails and gently hand wash your finished dishtowels in cold water, laying them flat to dry.

Classic Woven Dishtowels | Purl Soho

Classic Woven Dishtowels | Purl Soho