Add some whimsy to your afternoons in the kitchen with the Forest Fog Dishtowel. The combination of garter stitch and mock cable stitch is a fast, beginner-friendly pattern easily made in an afternoon.
Whether you are baking scones, making hot tea, or arranging freshly cut flowers, the Forest Fog Kitchen Towel is perfect for your cottagecore afternoon. Sturdy in the body, this dishtowel can withstand the biggest kitchen messes while the delicate mock cable adds a bit of whimsy. Perfect for beginners, this pattern allows for the coziness of cables without the added complexity of using a cabling needle. Advanced knitters can whip this up in a couple of hours.
Pair this hand-knitted kitchen towel with your favorite loose tea and a good book for a lovely gift.
How to Resize your Forest Fog Dishtowel
This pattern is awesome because the repeats make it really easy to customize the size and shape of your dishtowel. The body of the pattern is garter stitch. The mock cable runs a 13-row repeat.
To make your dishtowel wider, increase the number of stitches you cast on overall, knowing the last 13 stitches of all odd rows will be the mock cable.
To make your dishtowel longer, add 1 or more cable repeats. Each repeat will add about 1.25″ to the overall height.
Tips for Making Your Dishtowel
Like many dishtowels, this is a forgiving pattern because the gauge is not super important. You do not need to block this project, but of course, you can. Expect to machine wash and dry your towel after each use.
Often, to make my edges neater, I slip the first stitch purl-wise before beginning the pattern. There are many ways of making neat edges that can be incorporated into this pattern. Use your favorite!
Cotton yarn shrinks when you wash it. If you are concerned about shrinkage, customize your dish towel to be both wider and bigger. You will need to adjust the amount of yarn as well.
Materials for Making the Forest Fog Dishtowel
- size 8 needles, circular or straight
- 160 yards of worsted cotton yarn (or one skein of KnitPicks Dishie)
- stitch markers
I kept the mock cable stitch pattern repeat going until the end of my skein. This is a great pattern for using up a full skein and eliminating those random scraps.
- CO: cast on
- BO: bind off
- k: knit
- sm: slip marker
- pm: place marker
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
- YO: yarn over
These stitches are great for beginner knitters. Nothing in this pattern is complicated, and as this is a mock cable, no cable needle is required!
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