Easy Striped Hand Towel + Washcloth Knitting Pattern

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The Via Towel features a textured stitch pattern that works great for your bathroom or dish towels. The repeat rows combine knit and purl stitches to create a fabric perfect for a kitchen towel.

You can follow the stripe pattern, or create your own to match your dish cloths to your home decor style. And, of course, creating smaller wash cloths is a great way to use up leftover yarn if it’s cotton yarn.

Would you believe there are more knit stitches than purls in this dish towel pattern? It’s a 4 row repeat too so an one to remember.

Cream knit dish towel with blue stripes next to folded washcloth.

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This easy towel pattern was featured as a mystery knit along with All Free Knitting, you can find the full free knitting pattern on their site here.

Get the pattern here!


  • Knit Picks Dishie worsted weight yarn (100% cotton, 190 yd / 100 g) See yarn amounts below.
  • 4 mm knitting needles (US Size 6), or knitting needle size to meet gauge.
  • Tapestry needle, Measuring tape, Scissors.

Towel Yarn Colors + Amounts

Main Color: 1 ball Swan, or 150 yd / 137 m

Color A: 1 ball Inlet, or 15 yd / 14 m

Color B: 1 ball Azure, or 15 yd / 14 m

Color C: 1 ball Dewdrop, or 9 yd / 8 m

Color D: 1 ball Mint, or 9 yd / 8 m

Color E: 1 ball Kenai, or 15 yd / 14 m

5 balls of dishie cotton yarn in blues and one cream in yarn bowl with needles.

To change colors you’ll want to join new yarn at the beginning of a row, so after the last stitch, at the end of row turn your work and then drop your current yarn and pick up the new yarn. You can gently tie a knot with the two ends to secure them. You can check out the video tutorial here.


1. All measurements are taken before blocking.

2. Stitch multiple is 4, plus 3.

3. Wider stripes are worked over a 4 row repeat.

4. Skinny stripes are worked over 2 rows only.

5. All color changes happen at the beginning of a row, on the right side.


4” / 10 cm x 4” / 10 cm = 19 sts x 32 rows in pattern

Finished Size

Washcloth is 10” / 25.5 cm x 10” / 25.5 cm.

Towel is 15” / 38 cm wide x 25” / 63.5 cm long.


BO – bind off

CO – cast on

K – knit

P – purl

rep – repeat

RS – right side

st (s) – stitch (es)

WS – wrong side

Cream knit dish towel with blue stripes next to folded washcloth.

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