Monday, December 15, 2008

Knitted Guest Towel

I've completed another guest towel. I chose a different edging for this one. The edging on the first one is nice enough, but the dots of contrasting color are formed with bobbles that tend to pop in and out of the slip-stitches surrounding them, making a less-than-ideal fabric for hand drying. Cute to look at, but not totally practical.

This second version has a variation of a dot slip-stitch edging, slightly modified to make it lie flatter. I also had to use a different main color, since I didn't have any of the white Pakucho cotton left from the first towel. This color is "avocado", really more gray than green.
The Pakucho and the Blue Sky organic cotton both produce an exceptionally soft towel. I'm not sure that knitted hand towels are as good as the standard terrycloth ones. However, they work well as a guest towel, if a unique look is wanted.

The Blue Sky cotton is very loosely spun, and thus is exceptionally soft. This may mean that it won't wear well--another reason to use it for guest towels. The colors are pretty and may last longer without fading or pilling if they are washed less often than hand towels are usually.

10 comments:

vlb5757 said...

The towel turned out lovely. I love cotton for washcloths. They made great gifts for my friends. I used them for my guinea pigs and they seem to have liked them. So I knit some for us and DH has taken to them like a duck to water. I like them so much that I was thinking about getting rid of my other washcloths. I think I will have to try the towels next and see how they do.

Wool Winder said...

I like this one just as much as the first one. I hope you will post the pattern.

Sam said...

I think they are adorable. Please post the pattern :)

Marjorie said...

I think the towel is very nice. I hadn't really thought much about towels and washcloths as knitted projects before looking at those you've and some other bloggers have made. But now that I've knitted one, and can see why they're so appealing.

Wool Enough said...

I had never thought of knitting towels or washcloths, probably because I haven't worked with cotton much. But I really like your designs. So now I'm thinking about it. Especially the washcloths. That would be a nice touch of luxury.

Laura said...

The Blue Sky cotton appears related to the Manos Stria which I knitted into a blanket last summer. I could tell a garment knitted with it would be soft but wouldn't hold its shape for long.

That said, your towels look absolutely lovely. Your choice of accent colors is terrific and fairly unusual. The colors match the wood paneling of the bathroom just perfectly.

Jenny Girl said...

Adorable! And I love the color combination.

Patricia said...

I'm seeing that towel popup in all kinds of queues and favorites. Lately I've been lurking in my friends activities on Ravelry.
Great towel. Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

Do I like this towel? YES!

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

You have great ideas and terrific color sense. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!