NOT the paper towel !! haha

April 8, 2009 at 6:03 am (dishcloth, knit) (, , , , , , )

NOT paper towel kitchen towel(Pattern below)
A surprising transformation

a mundane  chore ( counter clean up )

turns itself to

……..–indulging yourself..

when  one makes exactly the right tool for that act.

Turning the an act

from a  mindless chore- —       to one in which one lives in the moment


The lazy purl makes it easy and the seed stitch is perfect for absorbing water!

YARN:  Brown Sheep Cotton  Fleece  ( 80% cotton – 20% wool)

or any worsted   100% cotton ,  or  tripled linen or cotton/linen.


Gauge    16 stitches   24  rows  in 4 inches        13″ x 15″

Cast on :   52  on size 10  needles  14″( to allow for mighty shrinkage)

(I used  cable cast on)

Seed stitch all the way

row 1     *K1, P1*

row 2  * P1 ,  K1 *        alternate rows one and two

or   CO  51 * K1 P1  K1*  repeat each row

Knit for   15 “‘   then   bind off

( or knit ’til the end of the skein if you want it longer  )

NOTE: wind into ball first ( learn from my error!)


Check this site for more on this easy purl method!  ( combination knitting)

oops corrected!




  1. alice mcCracken said,

    what is brand of the yarn that you are suggesting.

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      Brown Sheep is the brand of yarn I used and Cotton Fleece is the type of Brown Sheep yarn I picked
      You can use any worsted weight washable cotton/ linen or the blend that I chose was cotton with a bit of wool .

  2. Doris said,

    Hi, Why do you recommend winding into a ball first? What happens if you don’t? Thanks

  3. gulfcoastgal said,

    I usually have not wound nice skeins into balls and did not this time and learned WHY my grandmother told me to do so
    It became hugely tangled inside and took me over 35 minutes to untangle it
    We should listen to our grannies haha

  4. Wendy said,

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. It looks super and I can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Michelle said,

    I used to make dishcloths in all different patterns but now I only make seed stitch because it seems to scrub better than the others. I usually use 100% unbleached cotton. It works up well and can be easily sanitized. Still be sure to allow for plenty of shrinkage.

  6. LaVerne said,

    What an excellent idea for dish cloths! Also, I’ve hunted hi and low for more my “super soft absorbent dishtowels” (that I bought a long time ago and haven’t been able to replace). It didn’t occur to me that I could poss MAKE SOME. I will look up different type stitches for towels, since the seed stitch might be a little rough (?). I wash and dry my hands continously. Any suggestions are welcome.
    Thanks for the idea.

  7. Suelanemoore said,

    May I ask? What is cable cast on and how is it done? Thanks. I am now just getting back into knitting after35 years,so I guess I am a newbie.

    • Elizabeth said, has great videos of several methods of casting on including cable cast on.

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      I will post a video link to add to the other video links

  8. lynda said,

    I think this is the same yarn that I use to beable to get in large cones. It makes great socks. But do take note: make them larger then you need or wash by hand. They do wear forever. Thanks for the mattern

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      Yup I used sized 10 needles so i coukd toss them in the washer!!

  9. Kathleen Merrill said,

    I too would like to know about “cable cast on”. I have made dish clothes using another pattern for years. Just a side note. I knit dish cloths the 4-years my son had cancer because I could do it without thinking. I knit 29 and not one was square (I guess because of the stress I was under) but they still washed dishes :). This is a fun web site that I just happened to “run into” the other day. Thanks.

  10. Suelanemoore said,

    Could you please sign me up for this site again,. Some how I unsubscribed and didn’t want to.
    Also where could I find this brand of yarn?
    Thank you.

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      look online for this yarn and then see if a local yarn store is linked to it
      Yes it is expensive but my projects have lasted You can also look for a mercerized worsted
      cotton for something that will look brand new and wear like iron and yet be very absorbent

  11. marlene banks said,

    I have your pattern for dishtowels, but it does not designate if you use one strand of yarn or double the yarn. I purchased “The original Sugar”n Cream by Lily” (100% cotton) which is not the yarn designated in the email. Could you please help me out here. The pattern reads “Gulfcoastgal Knits – Not the paper towl!! haha”. Thank you marlene banks

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      Hi The yarn that I used is fairly thick and I used a very large needle-size 10- to allow for
      shrinkage from cotton It is just single strand I have seen others use dishtowel cotton as well such as S & C
      It is a simple pattern Look on my sidebar for easier ways to do the pearl stitch
      Sorry I was out of town and did not receive this until now

  12. Gwendolyn said,

    I know you posted this quite a while ago, however …. about three weeks ago I went online in search of a pattern for kitchen towels to knit and give as simple Christmas gifts for friends and family far away. This came up in my search. I just wanted to say thank you. I have made two already and I love them. I will be making some for myself once my list is complete, of course in the nicer yarn for me. 😉

  13. joy a ross said,

    i love your pattern i have made several in the past two weeks, allows me to knit and feel like i’m doing something useful, my grand-daughters want me to do them for their friends thank you for being so helpful i make mine with lion’s cotton yarns i’m doing one tonite in salt n pepper it looks so nice have a great day and keep up the good work joy a ross

  14. Mary said,

    I love your kitchen itowel pattern! I have made 2 so far as gifts. Everyone loved it. My question to you is. How did your towel fair after washing? Does it do a good job absorbing the water while drying dishes? I’m not getting any responses from my friends that I gave them to.

    Thank you,

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      So glad you liked it
      I have given many as gifts
      And so far everyone loved them and have been saving money over paper towels which really add up over a year or two
      I used the heavy cotton wool blend and it went through washer
      And dryer well for almost three years until my DH put straight bleach on the counter and cleaned that up with this and the whole losd if lsundry had HOLES from using bleach eithout diluting it!:(
      Luckily they ste a fast knit so more are coming

      • Mary said,

        Thank you so much for your fast reply!
        Have a wonderful 4th!

  15. Grandma said,

    Knit three of these for the groom going along with six dishcloths for the bride. Told them they could share. They are shower gifts from their grandma. Now I’ll make a couple for me!

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  17. PhoebeLove's Mind said,

    I just found this pattern on raverly! I am going to be knitting three of these for my mother-in-law who loves handmade things 🙂 Will Lilly’s Sugar’N Cream yarn will work?

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