Imagine a stack of soft, colorful hand towels you knitted yourself, warm from the dryer and ready to go to work in your home… It’s one of the simple yet profound pleasures in the life of a knitter, and a collection of our Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towels, made with our new fingering weight cotton and linen Oleander yarn, is the perfect way to experience it for yourself!

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho

These satisfyingly textured, two-color hand towels are made with an easy-as-pie stitch pattern… With no purling or fiddly colorwork whatsoever! Just knits and slip stitches, you only use one color per row, and you’ll have the four-row repeat memorized in no time, making this the ideal take-along project. 

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho
Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho

With vertical stripes on the front and horizontal stripes on the reverse, these charming towels are beautiful on both sides. Two shades of our light and lovely Oleander yarn create a compelling pattern, with the main color forming a grounding border and a useful I-cord loop for hanging.

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Machine wash- and dry-able Oleander is super pretty and practical, too. Made in Italy from 50% Turkish cotton and 50% Belgian linen, its naturally humectant linen absorbs water, while its cotton component brings super touchable softness… And towels made with this yarn will just get softer every time you dry your hands!

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Pick two from Oleander’s Mediterranean-inspired palette of 15 sun-kissed colors, from sandy neutrals like Pignoli Nut to earthy Burnt Sienna and sweet Coral Pink. You’ll need just one or two balls of each color depending on the size of towel you choose to make.

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Cast on for these simply lovely Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towels and bring some handmade beauty into your home… Or into the home of whoever is lucky enough to be gifted these very special towels!

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Keith Foster. See even more of Keith’s work on his website!

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

Materials

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho
  • Purl Soho’s Oleander, 50% cotton and 50% linen. Each skein is 205 yards/ 50 grams.
    • Color A: 1 (2) ball(s); approximately 185 (340) total yards required
    • Color B: 1 (2) ball(s); approximately 155 (280) total yards required
  • US 4 (3.5 mm), straight, or 16- or 24-inch circular needles
  • If using straight needles: Two US 4 double pointed needles for I-cord

We knit our samples in the following sizes and colors…

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Small Towel- Color A: Putty Gray; Color B: Gray Spruce

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Small Towel- Color A: Coral Pink; Color B: Blue Sage

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Large Towel- Color A: Burnt Sienna; Color B: Pignoli Nut

GAUGE

40 stitches and 78 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

SIZES

Small Towel (Large Towel)

Finished Dimensions: 10 inches wide x 17 inches long (15 inches wide x 21 inches long)

NOTES

STITCH MULTIPLE

This pattern works over a multiple of 2 stitches + 1.

SLIPPED STITCHES

Slip all stitches purlwise with yarn in back on right side and with yarn in front on wrong side, unless otherwise specified.

CARRYING UP COLOR B

In this pattern, you will carry Color B up the front (right side) of the work. To do this, end Row 2 by slipping 2 with Color B in back and leave Color B in the front of the work when beginning Row 3. When you come to Row 1 again, simply slip 2 with Color B still in front, then pick it up to continue working the row.

PATTERN

With Color A, cast on 101 (151) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): K2, *slip 1 (see Notes), k1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Join Color B.

Row 1 (right side): With Color B, slip 2 with yarn in front, k1, *slip 1 (see Notes), k1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 2.

Row 2 (wrong side): With Color B, slip 2, k1, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 2 with yarn in back.

Row 3: With Color A and carrying Color B up the front (see Notes), k2, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 4: With Color A, k2, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1–4 until piece measures 17 (21) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 4.

Cut Color B.

Bind Off Row (right side): With Color A, k2, pass the first stitch on right needle over the second to bind off, *knit 2 together, pass the first stitch over the second to bind off, repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, leaving 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.

Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho
Slipped Seed Stitch Hand Towel | Purl Soho

Looking for more inspiration? Explore all of our free knitting patterns and knitting tutorials, buy one of our many knitting kits and yarn bundles, and shop for beautiful yarn. We have over 35 gorgeous natural fiber yarns in 100’s of magnificent colors, designed to bring integrity, beauty, and joy to your next knitting project and only available at Purl Soho!