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GUEST TOWEL EDGING - makes a lace strip to sew around towel
Copyright 1989, 2007 Bev Qualheim
I like to have pretty towels out for when guests come calling. One way to have these inexpensively is to create your own. You can purchase a small guest towel or make your own from terry cloth, then knit the edging and stitch on.   Towel size 11" x 18"

Size 9 knitting needle (one to cast on)
Size 4 needles.
Light weight cotton -400 yds.


  • Cast on 53 sts using size 9 needle, then switch to size 4 right away.

  • Create lace pattern as follows:
  • Worked on a multiple of 4 sts plus 1.
  • Row 1: Right side: k1, *yo, k 3, yo, k 1; repeat from * across. NOTE: There are 2 extra sts for each repeat at the end of this row.

  • These sts will be eliminated on Row 3.
  • Rows 2 and 4: P all sts, including each yo.
  • Row 3: K 1, *k1, sl 1, k2 tog, psso (2 st dec), k2; repeat from * across the row. Repeat these 4 rows for the lace pattern.
  • Repeat lace pattern for 12 rows, then Knit 2 rows to finish.
  • Bind off purlwise.



    FINISH: Block carefully. Sew the lace strip to the towel approx. 3/4" above edge.

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