Colorblock Hand Towel in Sunshower Cotton
The joy of making (and using!) our beautiful Colorblock Hand Towels is that you get the satisfaction of dry hands AND the satisfaction of knowing your hands can do amazing things!
One of our favorite stitches for housewares is linen stitch. Flat and super sturdy, it shows off Sunshower Cotton’s shifts in color in two distinct textures: a smooth woven appearance on one side and a wonderfully nubble-y fabric on the other.
Wonderfully absorbent for drying hands, Sunshower Cotton is a 100% organically grown, unmercerized cotton yarn. It has a satisfying, supple hand and a sturdy heft that makes for a lovely hand towel!
The true magic of this yarn is the printed pigment on its surface whose hues shift across a creamy base. Sunshower Cotton passes our is-this-yarn-special test with flying colors!
Sunshower Cotton comes in twelve dappled shades, a sensational palette for summer knitting, including the Lime Rickey, Sea Spray, and Cherry Tomato of our Colorblock Hand Towels!
Originally designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.
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To make one hand towel you’ll need…
- 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Sunshower Cotton, 100% organically grown cotton. Each skein is 159 yards/ 100 grams.
- Main Color (MC): 3 skeins; approximately 475 yards required. We used Heirloom White.
- Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein; approximately 150 yards required. We used Cherry Tomato, Lime Rickey, and Sea Spray.
- US 8 (5 mm) straight or circular needles
26 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in linen stitch
Finished Dimensions: 18 inches wide x 31 inches long
This pattern works over an even number of stitches.
Slip all slipped stitches purlwise unless otherwise indicated.
With Main Color (MC), cast on 118 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Set-Up Row (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in front (wyif), *p1, slip 1 (see Notes) with yarn in back (wyib), repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyif, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise wyif, *p1, slip 1 wyib, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 24 inches from cast-on edge, or if using Sunshower Cotton, until you have used as much of MC as possible, ending with Row 2.
Cut MC and join Contrast Color (CC).
With CC, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 7 inches or until piece measures 31 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.
With right side facing you, bind off in Linen Stitch. Here’s how…
Bind-Off Row (right side): K2, pass first stitch over, *slip 1 wyif, pass stitch over, k1, pass stitch over, repeat from * to end of row.
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.
Weave in ends and wet block or gently machine wash and dry.