This cozy, absorbent towel is functional and fun.

Easy Baby Hooded Towel Knitting Pattern

Made with soft and absorbent cotton yarn, this hooded bath towel is not only useful, but also unique. Three vertical panels are sewn together to form one large square, and a separate triangular piece is added in one corner to form a hood.

Size

Approximately 30x30" (76x76cm), including crochet edge

What You'll Need

Yarn: Cotton worsted weight yarn, approximately 472 yards (424m) color A, 236 yards (212m) color B, and about 200 yards (183m) color C

We used: Lion Brand Lion Cotton (100% cotton; 236 yards [212m] per 5oz [142g] ball): #148 Turquoise (color A), 2 balls; #147 Purple (color B), 1 ball; #123 Seaspray (color C), 1 ball

Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; long sewing pins; size 8/H (5mm) crochet hook

Gauge

163/4 stitches and 22 rows=4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch

Note: When joining and ending each color leave a 4" (10cm) tail to weave in later.

View Enlarged Image The finished towel makes a checkerboard pattern.

Make the Towel

Panel 1

With color A, cast on 40 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Work even in stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures 91/2" (24cm). Cut yarn. Join color B, continue in stockinette stitch for an additional 91/2" (24cm). Cut yarn. Join color A, continue in stockinette stitch for an additional 91/2" (24cm), ending with wrong-side row. Bind off loosely. Weave in loose ends.

Panel 2

With color B, cast on 40 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Work even in stockinette stitch until piece measures 91/2" (24cm). Cut yarn. Join color A, continue in stockinette stitch for an additional 91/2" (24cm). Cut yarn. Join color B, continue in stockinette stitch for an additional 91/2" (24cm), ending with wrong-side row. Bind off loosely. Weave in loose ends.

Panel 3

Work as for panel 1.

Make the Hood

Using color A, cast on 54 stitches.

Rows 1-3: Knit.

Row 4 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 5 (right side): Work slip slip knit decrease using first 2 stitches, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together. (52 stitches)

Row 6: Purl.

Continue in stockinette stitch, repeating row 5 every other row (right-side rows only) for a total of 17 times. (18 stitches remain)

Next 8 rows: Work decreases every row until 4 stitches remain, working as follows:

Right-side rows: Repeat row 5.

Wrong-side rows: Purl 2 together, purl to last 2 stitches, work slip slip purl decrease.

Bind off loosely. Weave in loose ends.

Finishing

Pin panels together with right sides up and panel 2 in center. Carefully align color block squares when pinning. With yarn A threaded on tapestry needle, sew panels in place using mattress stitch. Rethread needle as necessary, leaving 4" (10cm) tails to weave in later. Steam lightly.

With color C threaded on tapestry needle, add decorative whipstitch around squares, rethreading needle as necessary. Cut yarn after each horizontal and vertical seam leaving 4" (10cm) tail to weave in later.

Pin hood to 1 corner of towel with wrong sides together, easing hood edges in order to fit the towel corner. With color C, work 2 rows single crochet around towel edges, working 3 single crochet stitches in each corner stitch to neatly round the corners. Weave in ends to wrong side of work.

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