Having become so intimate with our homes over the past year, we all know by now the immense pleasure of a perfectly weighted mug or a well-cushioned slipper. Our senses are alive to the things we see and feel every day, and the importance of our objects is tangible.

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

For us, this answers the question, “Why would I bother to hand knit my towels and washcloths?” In fact, once you’ve come to know the jolt of gratification that comes with each use, the answer may more succinctly be, “Why wouldn’t you?”

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

Our Stripes + Blocks Towel Set is guaranteed to provide that jolt with its distinctive texture, lovely colors, and soft cotton-y feeling. The texture is thanks to a simple two-row slip stitch pattern that creates a beautiful ripple, as well as a nicely dense and squishy fabric.

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho
Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

And the colors and touch are due to our brand new Buttercup Cotton! Like our Cotton Pure, it is 100% organically grown non-mercerized cotton, but Buttercup Cotton is a lighter fingering weight, perfect for heirloom baby gear, summertime sweaters, and fine towels and washcloths like these.

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

As gentle as a tiny wildflower in a breeze and as sweet as a sunny carpet of blossoms, Buttercup Cotton is machine wash- and dry-able, wonderfully soft, and comes in 18 fresh-picked colors, from juicy Summer Melon to delicate Bluebird Egg.

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

To work up your own set, pick up our Stripes + Blocks Towel Set Bundle, in either this shell-y Starfish or in a watery blue Lake palette. Two bundles makes this entire set of a bath towel, two hand towels, and six washcloths, or make fewer pieces with just one bundle. However you do it, your homelife will thank you!

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

To make a full set of 1 Bath Towel, 2 Hand Towels, and 6 Washcloths, you’ll need…

NOTE: Just one bundle makes 1 Bath Towel and 4 Washcloths, or 2 Hand Towels and 4 Washcloths.

You will also need…

  • US 4 (3.5 mm), straight or 24-inch circular needles

Choose from 2 pretty palettes…

STARFISH

(photo above)

  • Color A: Gray Cloud
  • Color B: Heirloom White
  • Color C: Summer Melon
  • Color D: Cedar Wood
  • Color E: Vintage Pink
  • Color F: Purple Aster

LAKE

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho
  • Color A: Heirloom White
  • Color B: Woodland Gray
  • Color C: Morning Sky
  • Color D: Pale Denim
  • Color E: Blue Jay
  • Color F: Evening Blue

Here’s how much yardage you’ll require for each component of the set… 

ONE BATH TOWEL

  • Color A: Approximately 364 yards required
  • Color B: Approximately 255 yards required
  • Color C: Approximately 291 yards required
  • Color D: Approximately 182 yards required
  • Color E: Approximately 364 yards required
  • Color F: Approximately 255 yards required

TWO HAND TOWELS

  • Color A: Approximately 225 yards required
  • Color B: Approximately 288 yards required
  • Color C: Approximately 350 yards required
  • Color D: Approximately 230 yards required
  • Color E: Approximately 193 yards required
  • Color F: Approximately 291 yards required

SIX WASHCLOTHS

  • Color A: Approximately 52 yards required
  • Color B: Approximately 140 yards required
  • Color C: Approximately 88 yards required
  • Color D: Approximately 128 yards required
  • Color E: Approximately 96 yards required
  • Color F: Approximately 64 yards required

Gauge

32 stitches and 64 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

28 inches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Sizes

Finished Dimensions

  • Bath Towel: 26 inches wide x 49 inches long
  • Hand Towel: 20 inches wide x 30 inches long
  • Washcloth: 8 x 8 inches

Notes

Stitch Multiple

This pattern works over a multiple of 3 stitches.

Stitch Pattern

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in front (wyif), *slip 1 purlwise wyif, k2, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1 purlwise wyif, k1.

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyif, *p1, slip 2 purlwise with yarn in back, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1, k1.

Bind Off In Stitch Pattern

K2, pass second stitch over, *slip 1 with yarn in front, pass first stitch over, k1, pass first stitch over, k1, pass first stitch over, repeat from * to last stitch, k1, pass first stitch over.

Cut yarn and pull tail through last stitch.

Pattern

Bath Towel

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color A, cast on 207 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 10 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A.

Join Color B and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 7 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color B.

Join Color C and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 9 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color C.

Join Color D and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 5 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color D.

Join Color E and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 11 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color E.

Join Color F and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 7 inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes).

Weave in ends and wet block.

Hand Towel

Layout 1

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color A, cast on 159 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 4½ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A.

Join Color C and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 12 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color C.

Join Color B and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 4½ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color B.

Join Color D and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 8½ inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Layout 2

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color E, cast on 159 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 7½ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color E. 

Join Color A and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 3 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A. 

Join Color F and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 11½ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color F.

Join Color C and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color C.

Join Color B and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 6 inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Washcloth

Layout 1

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color F, cast on 63 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 1 inch, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color F.

Join Color B and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 5 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color B.

Join Color D and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Layout 2

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color A, cast on 63 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 1½ inch, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A.

Join Color C and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color C.

Join Color E and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 4½ inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Layout 3

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color E, cast on 63 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 2½ inch, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A.

Join Color B and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 3½ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color B.

Join Color D and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Layout 4

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color C, cast on 63 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 1½ inch, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color C.

Join Color D and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 6½ inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Layout 5

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color A, cast on 63 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 3 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A.

Join Color E and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 1 inch, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color E.

Join Color B and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 4 inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Layout 6

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho

With Color C, cast on 63 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern (see Notes) for 4 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color C.

Join Color F and repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern for 4 inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, bind off in stitch pattern (see Notes) to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Go on to Make I-cord in Finishing section, below.

Finishing

Make I-Cord

With the remaining 3 stitches, work an I-Cord for 3 inches, working the last row as follows…

Last Row: K1, k2tog, pass first stitch over second stitch and off the right needle. Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail and pull through remaining stitch.

Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle. Make a loop with the I-cord and weave the tail into the fabric of the washcloth at the base of the I-cord, then weave it through the looped I-cord, and back into the fabric of the washcloth. Weave in the remaining ends and wet block.

Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho
Stripes + Blocks Towel Set | Purl Soho