November Nesting

I don’t know if it’s the suddenly dark evenings, the rainy weather, or the fact that Eggnog Lattes are back in season, but I’ve seriously been a homebody the last couple of weeks. I’ve always been a fan of knitting lovely winter and fall items to wear, but this year I got a bug in my ear for home items. So when, over the course of preserving the innards of seven Halloween pumpkins, my favorite kitchen towels started to give up on me, I decided to just make my own!


Besides the fairly pristine bread towels I use to cover dishes at family gatherings, my kitchen towels take some serious abuse. Most especially, the ones I keep on my freezer and oven door handles not only have to dry my hands, but they’re constantly being attacked and dragged off by my cats. So, I grabbed some cheery Cotlin and made one that would stay put.

It’s a pretty basic pattern – just knits and purls, with a wide garter stitch band that wraps around the handle and buttons underneath. (and yay for finally finding a use for my stash of little yellow plastic buttons!)

But it was so satisfying to make, and even more so to use. I’m sure that my cats will eventually figure out a way to run off with it, but until then I’m quite pleased!

I still have some Dishie and Cotlin in other colors, and I’m thinking that next up will be some smaller towels that hook on to my apron strings. Nothing like a long day spent canning, back and forth to the sink, and you find that the clean hand-drying towel that you shoved in your apron is on the floor amidst the various peels and pits and pulp that escaped the counter. Nope, I think I’ll opt for a convenient, handmade solution instead! Considering that the holidays are coming up, and that means a lot of time in the kitchen for me, I think I’ll feather my nest a little with some awesome little kitchen knits.


The pattern is now available for free!


  1. Fuego Azul / November 18, 2013

    Lol, if your cats don’t figure out a way to get the towel, I’m sure they’ll help give it a lovely fringe!

    Very simple yet elegant pattern! I love the button idea! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Sheree E / November 15, 2013

    WOW! What a neat idea. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of something to attach to the apron strings. I have a bit of Dishie left myself from a pattern of towels I was making. Am thinking I am going to switch to this instead if you happen to post the pattern!

  3. Karen B / November 13, 2013

    That is so pretty! Can’t wait for the pattern. Very nice work

  4. Linda / November 13, 2013

    Love it but why no pattern sharing. 🙁

  5. Nancy Davis / November 13, 2013

    I love cotton linen blends for dishcloths and towels. They seem to dry more quickly with that linen in the blend. I wish there were some variegated Cotlins.

  6. rebekah / November 13, 2013

    Ah, I love it! My kitchen NEEDS one (or several) of these! Do you have a pattern you could share?

  7. Ginny Jones / November 13, 2013

    I’ve never seen that stitch before. I’d love to have the pattern.

  8. jil sinon / November 13, 2013

    oh yes… I would love the pattern. I also have had many a working string of yarn chewed by my furry friends. No one ever fesses up tho!

  9. tracy / November 13, 2013

    lovely, and i agree with the calls for a pattern!! i would love to make a few of these for my kitchen, and maybe for gifts as well!

  10. melanie / November 12, 2013

    pattern please

  11. Cindy / November 12, 2013

    Pattern, please!

  12. jen / November 11, 2013

    wow. that is the prettiest kitchen towel. i’ve ever seen.

    this time of the year – the lighting and the weather – are so conducive to knitting. i love it.

  13. Sandra / November 11, 2013

    Great design idea!

  14. theresa calter / November 11, 2013

    inspiring!! I think there is another e-book in this for you!

  15. Beverly Roberts / November 11, 2013

    Lovely, almost inspired to knit one myself…but I can’t knit with cotton/linen; it hurts my hands.

  16. Margaret / November 11, 2013

    Pattern, please!!
    Or at least let us know how many balls of Cotlin it took.

  17. Cindy Minota / November 11, 2013

    What a great design! Very cheerful and practical…my favorite combination!