Pattern mixing is a famously tricky endeavor… Who wants a dustup between their paisleys and plaids, their houndstooth and herringbone? With our Checks + Stripes Dishtowels you can knit with confidence that your mingling motifs will hit it off!

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho

These towels use two variations of the Swedish Weave stitch pattern, a simple colorwork technique that’s much easier than it looks!

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho

By moving a contrast color from the front to the back of the work right before you knit or purl, you weave in the striking checks and stripes that transform simple stockinette into charming towels. The two strands of yarn create a thick, squishy texture, equally satisfying to create and to use!

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho

With its unmercerized finish, our gorgeous Tulip Cotton makes the Checks + Stripes Dishtowels both soft and absorbent. Ready to dry dishes, wipe tiny faces, or clean up spills. And when you’re done, throw them in the washer and dryer for another round!

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho
Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho

This 100% organically grown cotton comes in thirty solid hues that are perfect for a little color play. You only need one skein of your main color for each dishtowel you’d like to make, and a contrast color skein can make up to four!

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Gianna Mueller.

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Materials

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho
  • Main Color (MC): 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Tulip Cotton, 100% organically grown cotton. Each skein is 131 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 131 yards required. We used Heirloom White.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Tulip Cotton; approximately 32 yards required. We used Yellow Marigold, Amber Honey, Icecap Blue, and Blue Talc.
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or 20- or 24-inch circular needles
  • If using straight needles: Two US 7 double pointed needles, for I-cord

NOTE: This is enough yarn for one dishtowel, but there is enough CC left over for three more! Be sure to pick up an additional MC skein for each one.

GAUGE

20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern, unblocked

SIZE

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 10 inches wide x 16 inches long

NOTE: Our samples are an inch wider and an inch longer than the pattern’s final measurements. We altered the pattern a little bit to make sure you’d only need one skein of the Main Color! To be extra sure you won’t need more than one skein, make sure you’re getting gauge and don’t cut your swatch yarn so you can reuse it.

NOTES

STITCH MULTIPLES

These patterns work over an odd number of stitches.

STITCH PATTERNS

NOTE: For these stitch patterns, the Contrast Color (CC) is never worked, only passed back and forth between the needles while knitting with the Main Color. We recommend keeping CC strand loose for best results.

Checked Weave

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho

Row 1 (right side): With Main Color (MC), k1, *holding tail of Contrast Color (CC) at back of work, bring CC between needles to front of work and k1 with MC, bring CC between needles to back of work and k1 with MC, repeat from * to last stitch, keeping CC in back, k1 with MC.

Row 2 (wrong side): P2 with MC, *bring CC between needles to back of work and p1 with MC, bring CC between needles to front of work and p1 with MC, repeat from * to last stitch, keeping CC strand front, p1 with MC.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for stitch pattern, omitting the step to hold the CC tail at back of work.

Striped Weave

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho

Row 1 (right side): With Main Color (MC), k1, *holding tail of Contrast Color (CC) at back of work, bring CC between needles to front of work and k1 with MC, bring CC between needles to back of work and k1 with MC, repeat from * to last stitch, keeping CC in back, k1 with MC.

Row 2 (wrong side): P1 with MC, *bring CC between needles to back of work and p1 with MC, bring CC between needles to front of work, p1 with MC, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for stitch pattern, omitting the step to hold the CC tail at back of work.

Pattern

With Main Color (MC), cast on 49 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Purl to end of row.

Work Checked Weave or Striped Weave pattern (see Stitch Patterns) until piece measures 16 inches from cast-on edge, or if using Tulip Cotton, until you have approximately 5 yards left, ending with Row 2.

Cut Contrast Color (CC).

With right side facing you and with MC, bind off knitwise to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

MAKE I-CORD

With remaining 3 stitches and switching to double pointed needles if necessary, work an I-Cord for 3 inches, working last row as follows…

Bind-Off Row: K1, k2tog, pass first stitch over second stitch and off right needle.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail and pull through remaining stitch.

Thread tail onto a tapestry needle. Make a loop with I-cord and weave tail into fabric at base of I-cord, then weave it through looped I-cord, and back into fabric.

Weave in the ends and wet block or machine wash and dry!

Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho
Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho
Checks + Stripes Dishtowels | Purl Soho