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Tiny Towel knitting pattern

 

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Handmade luxury for your guests, or for yourself! 

 

Skills:

The Tiny Towel is knitted in a seedstitch pattern. For this project you will be:

  • Casting on;
  • Knitting and purling;
  • Switching to a new ball of yarn;
  • Casting off.

Suitable for beginners: the tutorial in this pattern is for the real novice. All these techniques are explained step by step. You can learn to knit with this project. 

Do you already know how to knit? Then skip straight to the Quickstart Pattern.

 

Required materials:

 

Size:

The Tiny Towel will measure approx. 28 x 25 cm.
 

CONTENTS / go straight to:

About this project

I.   QUICKSTART PATTERN

II.  CASTING ON

III. KNITTING

The Knit Stitch

The Purl Stitch

IV. LET'S START KNITTING

V. CASTING OFF & FINISHING

 

About this project

Handmade luxury for your guests, or for yourself! The organic cotton yarn is sturdy but soft to the touch. So you can really use this towel in everyday life.

An ideal project to learn how to knit. The tutorial teaches you to knit both the knit stitch and the purl stitch. With these you'll knit the Tiny Towel in the popular seed stitch pattern. 

 

Chapter I 

QUICKSTART PATTERN

If you already know how to knit, you can start right away with this Quickstart pattern. 

  1. Cast on 61 stitches. IMPORTANT: cast on very loosely, the edge must be stretchy. 
  2. First row: Knit 1, purl 1, repeat. End with knit 1.
  3. Knit all rows like this, repeating (knit 1, purl 1) and ending with knit 1. 
  4. Continue until your Tiny Towel measures approx. 25 cm in length, or until the desired length.
  5. Cast off and weave in the loose ends with the wool needle. 
  6. Wash the Tiny Towel in a washing bag on a careful (wool) programme, on 30◦ C and low centrifuge, using a little cleaning vinegar and optional detergent. The hand dyed colours of MoYa may “bleed” a little during the first wash, so don’t put any other items in with it.
  7. Carefully stretch the moist cloth to get it nicely into shape. Dry flat, preferebly on a towel. 

 

Chapter II 

CASTING ON

Please note! It’s important that you cast on very loosely. Better too loose than too tight. ​

  • Unwind the ball of yarn so that you have a thread of approx. 75 cm.
  • Wind the yarn around two fingers and over the two fingers again to the back of the first thread, making a “cracknel” shape as shown in the image below. You can also shape the yarn this way on the table in front of you. 

 

  • Use a knitting needle to pull the back thread through the front one to form a loop:

 

  • Pull gently on the end to shape the first loop:

 

  • Hold the knitting needle in the right hand. Wind the loose end of the yarn around the left thumb from front to back:

 

  • Insert the knitting needle between the yarn and the thumb:

 

  • Wind the yarn on the ‘ball end’ around the needle from back to front:

 

  • Pull the loop through to make another stitch:

Keep it nice and loose!

 

  • Remove your left thumb and gently pull to secure the stitch: 

 

There are now 2 stitches on your needle.

For this project it’s very important that the cast on stitches are big and loose. They should look like they are actually too big for the needle.

Repeat these steps until you have 61 stitches on your right hand needle.

So! Ready to start knitting? 

 

Chapter III 

KNITTING

First, I’ll explain the knit stitch and the purl stitch. In the next chapter it all comes together in knitting the Tiny Towel.

 

The knit stitch

Tip: there are 2 ways to hold the needles and the working yarn. Please check the knitting tutorial for this. 

  • Take the knitting needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand.
  • Insert the right hand knitting needle from front to back through the first stitch on the left hand knitting needle:

 

  • Take the yarn in your right hand. Make sure you’ve got the yarn that’s attached to the ball. Wind the yarn over the right hand knitting needle.

 

  • With your right hand knitting needle, pull through a loop:

 

You have knit a stitch! Your new stitch is on the right hand knitting needle, but still stuck to the old stitch on your left hand knitting needle. 

  • Carefully slip the original stitch off the left hand knitting needle: 

 

The purl stitch

Tip: there are 2 ways to hold the needle and working yarn. Please check the purling tutorial for this.

When you purl a stitch, it’s sort of back to front. One can make endless patterns and variations by alternating knit and purl stitches.

When purling, the yarn will be on the other side of the knitting, on ‘your’ side as it were. 

  • With the yarn at your side of the work, insert the right hand knitting needle from right to left through the front of the first stitch on the left hand knitting needle:

 

 

  • Wind the yarn around the right hand knitting needle, from right to left:  

 

  • With your right hand knitting needle, pull through a loop: 

 

You have purled a stitch! Your new stitch is on the right hand knitting needle, but still stuck to the old stitch on your left hand knitting needle. 

  • Carefully slip the original stitch off the left hand knitting needle: 

 

 

Chapter IV

LET'S START KNITTING

The seed stitch pattern for this Tiny Towel requires that you alternate between knitting and purling.

The knit and purl stitch make up the pattern of the seed stitch, a fun relief stitch that results in nice, obedient, flat pieces of knitting.

 

Knitting the Tiny Towel

  1. You have cast on 61 stitches (chapter II Casting On).
  2. Knit 1 stitch. 
  3. Take the yarn between the needles from the back to the front (‘your’ side) of your knitting. So that’s in between the stitch on your right hand needle and the next stitch on your left hand needle. Gently pull the yarn.
  4. Purl 1 stitch.
  5. Again take the yarn between the needles to the other side of your knitting, to the “back” this time. Now that’s right in between the 2nd stitch on your right hand needle and the next stitch on your left hand needle. Gently pull the yarn.
  6. Again knit 1 stitch.
  7. Take the yarn to the front and purl 1 stitch
  8. Continue this way, alternating between knitting and purling 1 stitch, until you have reached the very last stitch of the first row. (Don’t forget to take the yarn to the other side every time!) 
  9. The very last stitch on your left hand needle is a knit 1.

Congratulations! You have knit one row in the knit 1 – purl 1 seed stitch pattern!

  1. Swap your needles, so that your right hand needle is empty and your knitting is on your left hand needle.
  2. Knit the next row and all following rows in the same knit 1 – purl 1 pattern. The very last stitch of each row is a knit 1.
  3. Continue until your Tiny Towel measures approx. 25 cm or until you have reached the desired length. Make sure you have at least 75 cm of yarn left for casting off.

 

Chapter V

CASTING OFF & FINISHING

Casting off

Casting off is done at the end of the knitting. This secures the stitches so your beautiful knitting is safe and will not unravel. 

It’s very important to cast off very loosely. The stitches should be bigger than usual. If you cast off too tightly, the edge of your knitting may not stretch enough or may look narrower than the rest of your knitting. Not pretty.

  • Start with a new row, so your right hand needle is empty and your left hand needle holds the knitting. 
  • Knit the first two stitches as usual, only extra loose. So pull a bit more yarn through when making the stitch. Give it some slack.
  • Using the left hand knitting needle, lift the first stitch (the one on the right) over the second stitch.
  • Drop the first stitch from your left hand knitting needle. 

 

 

  • There’s now only 1 stitch left on your right hand knitting needle. Knit the next stitch on your left hand needle. There are two stitches on your right hand needle again.  
  • Again lift the right stitch on the right hand needle over the left stitch, and drop it off the left hand knitting needle. 
  • Repeat until you have cast off all stitches but one and there’s only 1 stitch left on your right hand knitting needle. Cut off the yarn at approx. 10 cm and pull this through the last stitch. Drop the last stitch from your knitting needle and gently pull tight. 

 

Finishing

Your very own home made washcloth is nearly finished. 

If necessary, cut the loose ends at the start (and finish) of the cloth to approx. 10 cm. Weave in these loose ends with the wool needle (tapestry needle). 

Weave the yarn in at the sides, following the shape of the stitches as much as possible. 

To get the towel into shape, and to be able to really use it from now on, also do the following: 

  1. Wash the Tiny Towel in a washing bag on a careful (wool) programme, on 30◦ C and low centrifuge, using a little cleaning vinegar and optional detergent. The hand dyed colours of MoYa may “bleed” a little during the first wash, so don’t put any other items in with it.
  2. Carefully stretch the moist cloth to get it nicely into shape. 
  3. Dry flat, if possible on a (tea)towel. 

 

CONGRATULATIONS! Your Tiny Towel is finished and ready to use!

 

Did you enjoy this? I sure hope you did! 

Working on this project, you have practiced important knitting skills. Knitting and purling are the building blocks of many projects.

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