Vintage KC Tea Towel

I have been asked to contribute to the coolest magazine out of Kansas City again!  It is an honor every time.  This time, I was asked to decorate a tea towel along with 5 other bloggers.  Read the electronic issue here:  Vintage KC Fall 2013.  Did I mention it is the coolest magazine in Kansas City?

I bounced around a lot of ideas for my tea towel before I finalized my design.  For a while I was arranging knitted bows of varying colors and sizes on the towel, with little satisfaction.  What I was sure about was that I wanted a cable strip to line the bottom edge, so I set my bows aside and sewed on the grey strip.  I loved it so much that I decided to just continue making strips with different textures to arrange on the towel.

tt2 copy 2It was a simple process, but a time-consuming one.  I knitted the strips, and arranged them as I went.  I pinned them down with safety pins, and hand sewed them.  If you want to make your own, you can choose your own patterns for texture, but I will include the patterns that I used below.  Have fun!

Vertical Strip in Olive Green (which I think looks like an owl but is called “Ring of Fire”):

CO 12 sts.

Rows 1, 3, 17, 19, 21, and 23: (RS) K3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k4

Rows 2, 4, 16, 18, 20, and 22: (WS) P3, (k1, p1) twice, k1 p4

Rows 5: 6-st. RCP, 6-st. LCK

Rows 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14: k1, p1, k1, p7, k1, kp

Rows 7, 9, 11, and 13: p1, k1, p1, k7, p1, k1

Row 15: 6-st LCP, 6-st. RCK

Row 24: Rep. row 2

Repeat to desired length.


6-st RCP: Sl 3 sts. to cable needle (cn) and hold to back.  p1, k1, p1, k3 from cn

6-st LCP: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, k3, p1, k1, p1 from cn

6-st RCK: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to back, k1, p1, k1, k3 from cn

6-st LCK: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, k3, k1, p1, k1 from cn

*It is SUPER helpful to use this chart when knitting this one: Olive Green Chart

Horizontal Grey Strip (on bottom edge):

This one is a super easy cable knit:

CO 8 sts

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): p1, k6, p1

Rows 2 and 4 (WS): k1, p6, k1

Row 5 (RS): p1, sl 3 sts onto cn, hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p1

Rows 6 and 8 (WS): k1, p6, k1

Rows 7 and 9 (RS): p1, k6, p1

Row 10: p1, sl 3 sts onto cn, hold in back, k3, k3 from cn, p1

Repeat to desired length

*Horizontal Brown Strip is virtually the same, except there are fewer sts.  It is knit across 4 sts.  There are no purls on the sides of the cable.  Sl 2 sts. off instead of 3.

Horizontal Blue Strip (so much cooler in real life):

This one is so much easier to do with a chart, so download this spreadsheet: ktog-blue

Horizontal Turquoise Strip:

This one is simple!  It looks interesting because it is knit from yarn that varies in thickness.

CO 5

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): K all

Rows 2 and 4 (WS): P all

Rows 5 and 7 (RS): P all

Rows 6 and 8 (WS): K all

Repeat to desired length

Vertical Grey Strip:

CO 8 sts.

Row 1 (RS): k5, 3-st RC

Row 2 (and all WS rows): Purl

Row 3: k4, 3-st RC, k1

Row 5: k3, 3-st RC, k2

Row 7: k2, 3-st RC, k4

Row 9: k1, 3-st RC, k4

Row 11: 3-st RC, k5

Row 13: 2-st RC, k6

Row 14: Purl

Repeat to desired length.

Here’s a helpful chart: Vertical Grey Chart

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