With their bark-like stitch pattern and verdant hues, our Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel invite you to cast on under the shade of your favorite tree and enjoy a peaceful afternoon of summer knitting!

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho

A pleasing combination of ease and interest, this pattern uses intuitive repeats of simple stitches to create a furrowed surface. And since the smallest touches make a big difference, we’ve added a tidy slip-stitch edge and little I-cord loop for hanging.

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho

The root of all this beauty is our 100% organically grown, unmercerized Cotton Pure.

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho

With its multistrand structure, Cotton Pure is smooth and even, making the stitch pattern of this fabric crisp and clear… You just want to reach out and touch it! If you do, you’ll find it soft and supple, with a pleasing feel and a satisfying weight.

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho
Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Taking some inspiration from a leafy canopy, we knit our towels in Shiso Green and Lemon Mint and our washcloths in Alabaster Cream and Heirloom White (above from right to left).

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Whether you’re inspired by leaves or bark, heartwood or blossoms, pick up one skein for a washcloth and four for a towel, and watch these beauties grow!

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Gianna Mueller. Click here to see even more of Gianna’s designs!

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Materials

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho

To make one Washcloth (Hand Towel), you’ll need…

  • 1 (3) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure, 100% organically grown cotton. Each skein is 279 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 85 (650) yards required. We used the colors Heirloom White and Alabaster Cream for our Washcloths, and Shiso Green and Lemon Mint for our Hand Towels.
  • US 3 (3.25 mm), straight or 24-inch circular needles
  • If using straight needles: Two US 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles for I-Cord

NOTE: 3 skeins is enough yarn to make 2 Washcloths and 1 Hand Towel!

GAUGE

20 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

SIZES

Washcloth (Hand Towel)

Finished Dimensions: 7 inches wide x 9 inches long (18 inches wide x 30 inches long)

NOTES

STITCH MULTIPLE

This pattern works over any odd number of stitches.

SLIPPED STITCHES

Slip all stitches purlwise with yarn in front.

K1B (KNIT 1 BELOW)

Insert right needle into stitch below next stitch from front to back, knit normally (wrapping yarn around needle and pulling it back through the stitch below), and let the stitch above fall from left needle. To see a video of this technique, visit our Working Into The Stitch Below Tutorial!

PATTERN

Cast on 35 (91) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 2 (see Notes), *k1, p1, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k1, slip 2.

Row 2 (right side): K2, *k1b (see Notes), p1, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k1b, k2.

Rows 3–8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 three more times.

Row 9: Slip 2, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p1, slip 2.

Row 10: K2, *p1, k1b, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p1, k2.

Rows 11–16: Repeat Rows 9 and 10 three more times.

Repeat Rows 1–16 until piece measures approximately 9 (30) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 1.

With right side facing you, 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.

Bind-Off Row (right side): K1, knit 2 together, pass first stitch over second stitch and off right needle.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Pull it 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 remaining ends and block as desired.

Linden Tree Washcloth + Hand Towel | Purl Soho