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Woven Waves Dishtowel Knitting Pattern

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

I love slip-stitch knitting. The technique creates a woven fabric using basic stitches. This stitch pattern is one of my faves; it’s beautiful, reversible, and thick enough for a great dishtowel.

The i-cord edging provides additional interest and nice finishing, and the hook will keep the towel on your cabinet and not on the floor.

The pattern is easy to memorize and great for beginners or TV knitting. The finished product appears more complicated than it is.


Yarn: Worsted Weight Cotton

200 yards/3.7 oz (2 balls)

Gauge: 18 sts per 4”/10 cm

Needles: US 7 - 4.5 mm

US 7 double-pointed needles or circular for i-cord hook (optional)

Notions: Darning needle

Finished size: 13”x17”

Experience Level: Beginner


CO = cast on

pm = place marker

sm = slip marker

k = knit

p = purl

Sl = all stitches are slipped purlwise

slip as if to purl, with right needle in

front of the left

wyf = with yarn in front

bring yarn through the needles to

the front on the working side

BO = Bind off


CO 64 stitches with preferred cast-on method.

Knit 5 rows

Row 1(RS): k3, sm, k1, * k2, sl 2wyf, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k1, sm, k3.

Row 2 (all wrong side rows): k3, sm, purl to last 3 stitches, sm, k3.

Row 3: k3, sm, k1, * sl1 wyf, k2, sl1 wyf, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k1, sm, k3.

Row 5 k3, sm, k1, * sl 2 wyf, k2, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k1, sm, k3.

Row 7: k3, sm, k1, * k1, sl 2 wyf, k1, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k1, sm, k3.

Repeat Rows 1 – 8 until piece measures 17”, ending with a Row 8.

FINISH (Garter Stitch Edge with Hook)

Knit 6 rows, ending on the wrong side.

(RS) Knit across to last two stitches, cast on 12 stitches using backward loop or preferred method, k2tog.

BO loosely, weave in ends and enjoy!

Download the PDF which includes the pattern for the i-cord version and charted instructions.

Please post your projects on Ravelry! I can't wait to see what you create!

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