At this time of year, we’re browsing our counters and our gardens to see what is ripe, what is so abundant it must be used. Maybe it’s gazpacho tonight. Or grilled zucchini? Our beautiful Rose Stitch Dishtowel is a trusty helper in making either and also a lovely reminder that, whether knitting or cooking, when our creativity is engaged, everything tastes better! 

Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho

Made by adding a periodic knit-through-the-back-loop to basic seed stitch, this rose-stitch texture is wonderfully nubbly in a pleasing diagonal pattern… Easy to memorize and knit but with an abundance of beauty!

Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho

It only takes one skein of our organically grown Cotton Pure to whip up each dishtowel. Soft and absorbent, it makes a fabric that’s perfect for drying dinnerware and soaking up spills.

Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho

We love how punchy Lemon Mint brightens this palette of dreamy, soft colors and down-to-earth neutrals… Gorgeous!

Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho

With a palette as bountiful as a ripening garden, get your creative juices flowing and craft the right combo for you, whether it’s full of peaceful pigments or a vibrant variety!

Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho

Originally designed by Purl Soho designer, Jake Canton. Click here to see even more of Jake’s designs!

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoRoseStitchDishtowel, and #PurlSohoCottonPure. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho

To make one dishtowel, you’ll need…

  • 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure, 100% organically grown cotton. Each skein is 279 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 279 yards required.
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) straight or circular needles
  • If using straight needles: Two US 4 double pointed needles for I-Cord

SAMPLES: We knit our samples in the colors Heirloom White, Alabaster Cream, Gray Birch, Lemon Mint, Mineral Blue and Lavender Rose.

Gauge

22 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

Size

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 12 inches wide x 20 inches long

Notes

Stitch Multiple

This pattern works over an odd number of stitches.

Slip Stitches

Slip all slipped stitches knitwise with yarn in front.

Pattern

Cast on 65 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 (see Notes), *k1, p1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1, *k1 through the back loop (tbl), k1, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 3: Slip 1, *p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 4: Slip 1, *k1, k1 tbl, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2.

Repeat Rows 1–4 until piece measures 20 inches from cast-on edge or until desired length, ending with Row 1.

Bind-Off Row (right side): Bind off knitwise to last 2 stitches, k2, leaving 3 stitches on right needle.

Make I-Cord

With 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 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 of dishtowel at base of I-cord, then weave it through looped I-cord, and back into fabric of dishtowel.

Weave in the ends, wet block, and done!

Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho
Rose Stitch Dishtowel In New Colors | Purl Soho