Cotton Knit Hand Towel

A perfect spring/summer knit project to sink your needles into.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Finished Size | 25″ long; 15″ wide


About this Pattern

If you’re looking for an easy project to learn a new stitch, this is a great project to start! Our cotton hand knit towel uses the single color brioche stitch for a soft and squishy texture that’s easy on the hands.

With this project you’ll get lots of practice with the brioche stitch worked in a single color. This unique stitch pattern creates a thick yet super stretchy fabric that’s great for all sorts of projects. We’ll use a soft cotton that’s both easy to work with and easy to care for.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our cotton knit hand towel step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 392 yds; Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend
  • US 7 Knitting Needles
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details


  • BRK Brioche Knit**
  • K Knit
  • Prev Previous
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sl1p Slip One Purlwise
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • YO Yarn Over
pattern notes

Additional Notes

Finished Size

25″ long;
15″ wide


19 sts x 22 rows = 4″
worked in stitch pattern

Additional Notes: The brioche stitch is different than other stitches so if you find yourself struggling with it, make a swatch to practice first. It’ll get easier with practice!

** BRK: Knit designated stitch together with its corresponding yarn over from prev row.

printable pattern

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the pattern

Written Instructions

CO 71 sts.

Row 1: K. *YO, Sl1p, k. Rep from * to end of row.

Row 2: K. *BRK, YO, Sl1p. Rep from * to last st. K last st.

Row 3: K. *YO, Sl1p, BRK. Rep from * to last st. K last st.Repeat: Rep last 2 rows until work measures approximately 24” from starting edge OR until you have about 2 yds of yarn remaining, ending on a 2nd row.

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see how it’s done

Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Left-Handed Tutorial on YouTube

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