Fancy Knit Rib Stitch Hand Towel Pattern

Hey all! So I have a lot to get caught up on here with my fam bam blogging. But the other night I did finish up my hand towels for our 2nd bathroom and so I just had to share! I am working on washcloths now, and will share those too, when they are done!

Fancy Rib Stitch Knit Hand Towel ♥ Free Knitting Pattern via @fibreandfabrics Blog #knitting

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I picked Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! in the color of Buttercup. If you guys haven’t used this yarn before, you totally should try it. It’s super ultra soft, very easy to work with, and SUPER affordable (even before you use a 40% off coupon)!

This pattern is a pretty quick and easy one. Easy to do while you’re having a conversation or watching TV since it’s just a nice 2 row repeat! I used a Fancy Rib Stitch for this pattern, which makes the end result really stretchy. Since I like 1 skein projects, each hand towel only uses 1 ball of yarn!

Here’s the pattern:

Fancy Knit Rib Stitch Hand Towel Pattern

Fancy Rib Stitch #Knit Hand Towel pattern by Fibreandfabrics

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You can view the pattern for free here on my blog, or purchase a purdy ad-free PDF version via Ravelry or Craftsy!

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What You’ll Need:

Yarn: 180 yards of worsted 10 ply yarn per towel (preferably cotton or something equally absorbent!)
Yarn used for project: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! (1 skein)

Knitting Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm needles
I use: US 8 / 5.0 mm 16” circular needles.

Yarn / Tapestry Needle: For weaving in ends.

Gauge: 1 ” = 5 st

Pattern: Multiples of 5 + 2.  ♦  2 row repeat.

Finished Measurements: Width: 7 inches  ♦  Length: 25 inches


K = knit
P = Purl
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
CO = Cast On
sl = slip

Knit Rib Stitch Hand Towel Pattern from Fibreandfabrics
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Co 54 stitches

Note: For this pattern 52 stitches are for the pattern and the first and last stitch are added on for each end of the towel, for a total of 54 stitches.

In addition to the pattern below, start each row with K1, & end each row with a sl stitch knit wise with yarn in front.

Row 1 (RS): P2, *K1, sl 1 st purlwise, K1, P2; rep from * to end.

Row 2 (WS): K2, *P3, K2; repeat from * to end.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 until you have worked about 140 rows, or your work measures around 25 inches.

Bind off in pattern.

  • Note: For reference go by the last row you knitted and bind off either knitwise or purlwise based on that row.
  • You may use any bind off method that you like, but I tend to like a stretchy bind off personally! 


Stretchy Bind off:

  • K first st onto the right needle, then sl back to left needle and knit the slipped st and the next st together, thus k2tog.
  • Repeat by moving the last stitch you knitted or purled back onto the left needle, then k2tog or p2tog (whichever the pattern from the row before dictates).

Weave in ends.




Written pattern copyright by Gina Cornelius | Fibreandfabrics 2018 ©, all rights reserved.

Please do not reprint, copy/paste this pattern elsewhere, but instead link to my blog where this was posted to share this pattern with others. If you make / sell what you create from my pattern I would love to hear about it by commenting on my site. Mentioning “Pattern by fibreandfabrics” is great, with a blog link is much appreciated!

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