May 3, 2016

Barbara's Loud Kitchen Towels



The skies must have been dreary the day I brought home four bright balls of kitchen cotton.  I decided that all that color should be kitchen towels and adapted a published towel pattern to change the gauge and to also fix an error.  
 

The big striped towels are made from one ball of each of two colors, and the towel with the thin stripes is made from the leftovers, plus maybe a bit of yellow from another project.


They measure approximately 13 x 17".  In a more demure color scheme, they could be hand towels for the bathroom, but I envision these as cheerful kitchen towels.



Here's the recipe:

For one 13 x 17 hand or kitchen towel:

Supplies: 
2 balls of kitchen cotton, approximately 120 yds each, eg., Lily's Sugar and Cream
Knitting needles size 7

With color A cast on 54 stitches

With A work knit every row for 1.5"

Switch to color B on the right side,
pattern row 1:  Using color B, k5, *k2tog, k2, kfb in next 2 stitches, k3, slip one, knit one, psso, repeat from * three times,  k last 5 stitches
pattern row 2:  K 5, purl to last 5 stitches, k5

repeat rows 1 & 2 twice

Switch to color B, repeat pattern for 4 rows, continue alternating colors A and B, end with 1.5" of garter stitch.

I carry both colors up the right side of the work by knitting the two strand together in the first stitch of every right side row.  The thin striped towel is made by alternating colors every 2 rows instead of every 4 rows and uses up your scraps from two towels.  I knit only 5 garter stitch rows on the thin striped towel.

6 comments:

ladyhawthorne said...

Every kitchen needs bright and cheerful somethings, your towels are great! Love the 'recipe', hahaha.

Suztats said...

They definitely are cheerful towels! They'd brighten up any kitchen.

Judy S. said...

Fun! I might even enjoy using them! LOL. And what a great way to use up cotton yarn. I've made dishcloths but never thought about making towels. Must try it......thanks for the "recipe".

Cyra said...

What a fabulous project to cheer up any kitchen. Fun, fun, fun.

Debra Dixon said...

LOVE! They are super duper Barbara!

desertskyquilts said...

Love your very cheery towels. It was very nice of you to include your pattern.