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FO: 2 Sets of Hot Stripes Kitchen Towels

You know that project you have laying around for ages and keep telling yourself you’ll get to and then forget about until you wake up in a cold sweat after having a nightmare about it?

… no? Wait, that’s weird?

Hot Stripes Dish Towels and Dishcloths

According to my ravelry page, I cast these on in September. Back then Christmas knitting was something I could ease into, and I knew two special ladies that would love a set of my Hot Stripes Kitchen Towels. In a million years, because Christmas was a million years away, and I had a lot of other things to work on in the mean time.

One Hanging Towel, Two Dishcloths Each

Then about a week ago I was looking at my holiday knitting list, thinking I was doing pretty well, and saw this WIP. WHERE?! WHAT?! HOW?! I dug a finished hanging towel and half a dishcloth out of the bottom of a knitting bag I hadn’t looked at in 2 months and went into Hulk-smash mode to finish the rest.

Ready to Wrap!

These are really fun to knit, if I do say so myself. I used all the original colors from the pattern because they’re, well, really hot. So if you are looking for a last minute gift, hit this pattern up! You can knock out a dishcloth in about 4 hours, and a dish towel in about 5.

Pattern: Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel and Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth by me

Yarn: Lily Sugar’N Cream in Green, Hot Green, Hot Orange, and Yellow

Needles: Size 7s

Ravelry Project Page

Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel and Dishcloth Patterns

Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel

A hot version of something hilariously lame? Enter the hanging dish towel. Yes, you could just buy a set of boring old dish towels and hang them on your oven handle, but you can’t pick out an awesome button if you do that!

It Hangs! And it's a Dish Towel!

With four different colors and four different stitch patterns, this silly piece of kitchen art is as fun and fast to knit as it is useful. The only problem is you won’t want to get it dirty.


Dish Towel in Action!

Finished Size The striped towel is 9” wide and 10” long, with a 5 ½” hanging section.


Yarn One skein each Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, 100% USA Grown Cotton; 120yds/70.9g: Mod Green (MC), Yellow (CC1), Hot Orange (CC2), Hot Green (CC3).

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm) straight needles.

Notions One 1 1/8” fabric covered button, hot scrap of fabric for button, tapestry needle.


Not important.

Hot (Diagonal) Stripes Dishcloth

Because only giving a Hot Stripes Hanging Dish Towel is kinda stingy. And you’ve got extra yarn left over so why not?!

And let’s face it, this is the hottest dishcloth you’ve ever seen. Worked corner to corner in color and textured stripes, if a dishcloth can be a showstopper this is it.

Matching Dishcloth!

This pattern is a tricky one, I’m not going to lie. There is a lot going on and a lot you have to figure out on your own. But I know you’re up for the challenge!


Worked Corner to Corner

Finished Size This Cloth is a 10” square.


Yarn One skein each Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, 100% USA Grown Cotton. 120yds/70.9g: Mod Green (MC), Yellow (CC1), Hot Orange (CC2), Hot Green (CC3).

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm) straight needles.

Notions Tapestry needle.


Not important.

It Folds Hot, Too!


You will be working two instructions at the same time. One is for the shaping, which must be worked on every RS row, and one is for the different patterned stitches being worked in the center of the dishcloth.

Each time you increase or decrease stitches your pattern stitch might change, so be sure to read your stitches to see where you start your pattern each row, specifically in the orange stripe.


Inc: With left needle, pick up yarn between your needles. Knit this stitch through the back loop for increased stitch.

KFBF: As with a regular KFB, you are knitting in to the front and back of your stitch, and additionally into the front again, increasing 2 stitches.

Ravelry Pattern Page