Hostess Gift: Washcloth & Towel Set

I have to admit that the only reason this set made it into “real life” was because of the color of the yarn-HOT GREEN, or as I like to call it “Zumba Hawt” It is the color of many of my Zumba clothes…hey I should probably take it as my new towel during class. I saw it at the store and it was an impulse purchase. I had to get the yarn and knit something with it, it didn’t matter what, just something. Then it occurred to me, my bathroom downstairs could use a splash of color and voila the little set was born. I hope you enjoy knitting it and gifting it or keeping it :).

Happy looming!


Loom: AIO loom

Yarn: Sugar and Cream in Hot Green

Tools: knitting tool, tapestry needle, measuring tape (or simply eye ball it).

Other: 2 cute small buttons (for towel)

Size: 8 x 8 inches (washcloth); 8 x 10 inches.

Gauge: 9 sts x 14.5 rows= 2 inches in Welted Rib stitch pattern

Stitch Pattern

Welted Rib (multiple of 4 + 2)

Row 1: k2, *p2, k2; rep from *

Row 2: k to the end of the row.



CO=Cast on

BBO=Basic Bind Off


k=knit stitch (not flat stitch or u-wrap or e-wrap).

p=purl stitch

yo=yarn over (either e-wrap the peg, or take the working yarn in front of the empty peg)


k2tog=knit two stitches together (a decrease)

p2tog=purl two stitches together (a decrease)


CO 40 sts, prepare to knit a flat panel.

Row 1: (Going from left to right). k to the end.

Row 2: p to the end.

Row 3: k to the end.

Row 4: p to the end.

Row 5: k3, Welted Rib to last 3 sts, k3

Row 6: p3, Welted Rib to last 3 sts, p3

Rep Row 5 and Row 6: until item measures 7.5 inches. End on a Row 6.

Cont with instructions for either Washcloth or Towel

Washcloth Only

Next row: k to the end.

Next row: p to the end.

Next row: k to the end.

Next row: p to the end.


Weave ends in. Block lightly.

Towel Only

Next row: p2tog, p to the last 2 sts, p2tog.

Next row: k2tog, k to the last 2 sts, k2tog.

Rep last two rows until 20 sts rem on the loom. Cont in this garter stitch pattern (purl one row, knit the next row) for approx. 2.5 inches. End on the second row.

Next row: p6, yo, p2tog, p to last 8 sts, p2tog, yo, p6.

Next row: k to the end.

Next row: p to the end.

Rep last two rows two more times.


Weave ends in. Block lightly.

Sew to buttons on the opposite side the buttonholes–be sure they line up with the buttonholes.

PS: if the towel feels a bit stiff at first, it is normal, soak it in some shampoo and it softens right up and the stitches become a bit more uniform.

7 thoughts on “Hostess Gift: Washcloth & Towel Set

  1. To Isela,
    I just wanted to say thank you for posting such great ideas and patterns. I just received my own all in one loom. I have a few other projects to finish first but I look forward to casting on with you here at AKB in the very near future.

  2. If you don’t have the loom you used what would be the next best loom. I have the round knifty knitters and the Martha Stewart loom set. Would any of these work?

  3. Love this pattern but… there seems to be an error in the welted rib. The directions state “Row 1: k2, *p2, k2; rep from *, IMO it should be Row 1: *k2, p2, k2; rep from *. I have tried to make this using the original instructions but the pattern I get is all wrong.
    Please let me know if I am reading the pattern correctly.

  4. The stitch pattern for knitting in the flat is a multiple of 4 + 2. I put the +2 at the beginning of the stitch pattern, the k2, then I put the multiple *p2, k2. If we were to repeat the entire thing of *k2, p2, k2–it would be a multiple of 6, instead of a multiple of 6. Also, if we were to have the multiple as *k2, p2, k2–we would have 4 knit stitches together in between each p2. I hope this makes sense. Thanks for your feedback.

  5. Forgive me for doubting, you are correct! Tried this again as written but this time relaxed my stitches on the board to account for the cotton yarn. The pattern really comes alive after washing and blocking the piece.

    The cotton yarn was throwing me off, but had faith and kept working along, with looser stitches which appear to be the key, what a learning experience!

    Keep up the great job, you are awesome!

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