Mondrian Towel Set

Inspired by Piet Mondrian’s iconic vertical and horizontal line and rectangle paintings, these modularly knit kitchen items add a bold look to your cooking space. Knit in the distinct color palette that includes the primaries along with the black, white and gray, this design is impressive upon completion.

Skill Level: Easy

Sizes: Towel 14” x 26”; dish cloths 8.5” x 8.5”

Gauge: 18 sts = 4” [10 cm] in Garter St

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Knit Picks Dishie (100% Cotton; 190 yards [174 meters]/100 grams): 25786 Fiesta Red (A, 1 ball), 25409 Swan (B, 1 ball), 25787 Blue (C, 1 ball), 25789 Silver (D, 1 ball), 25404 Creme Brûlée (E, 1 ball), 26669 Black (F, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles,

Notions: Stitch markers, US size G/6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook

Special Stitches

Small Square

CO 24 sts, pm after 12th st.

Row 1 (WS): Knit.

Row 2 (RS): Sl1 pwise, wyib k to 2 sts before marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, k to the end of the row. (2 sts dec’d)

Row 3 and all odd rows: Knit.

Rep Rows 2-3 until 2 sts remain after working a decrease row.

Do not knit back on these 2 sts. K2tog and fasten off last st.

Medium Square

CO 36 sts, pm after 18th st.

Work same as for Small Square.

Large Square

CO 48 sts, pm after 24th st.

Work same as for Small Square.

Extra Large Square

CO 72 sts, pm after 36th st.

Work same as for Small Square.

Small Rectangle

CO 48 sts, pm after 12th and 36th sts.

Row 1 (WS): K.

Row 2 (RS): Sl1 pwise, wyib k to 2 sts before first marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, k to 2 sts before second marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, k to the end of the row. (4 sts dec’d)

Row 3 and all odd rows: K.

Rep Rows 2-3 until 4 sts remain after working a decrease row.

Do not knit back on these 4 sts. Skp twice. With remaining 2 sts, k2tog. Fasten off.

Medium Rectangle

CO 72 sts, pm after 18th and 54th sts.

Work same as for Small Rectangle.

Large Rectangle

CO 96 sts, pm after 24th and 72nd sts.

Work same as for Small Rectangle.

Pattern Notes

Use a knitted cast on throughout. Black lines are surface crocheted after work is completed.

Towel Pattern

With A, work Large Square 1.

With B, CO 12 sts. Pick up and k12 sts on the top right of Large Square 1. Work Small Square 2.

With C, pick up and k12 sts along the left edge of square 2. Pick up and k24 sts along the remaining top edge of square 1. CO 12 sts. Work Small Rectangle 3.

With B, CO 24 sts. Pick up and k48 sts along the left edge of rectangle 3 and square 1. CO 24 sts. Work Large Rectangle 4.

With D, CO 36 sts. Pick up and k12 sts along the top edge of square 2. Work rectangle 5.

With B, pick up and k24 sts along the left edge of rectangle 5. Pick up and k24 sts along the top edge of rectangle 3. Work square 6.

With E, pick up and k24 sts along the left edge of square 6. Pick up and k24 sts long the top edge of rectangle 4. Work square 7.

With A, CO 12 sts. Pick up and k24 along the top edge of rectangle 5 and the right top of square 6. CO 12 sts. Work rectangle 8.

With B, CO 24 sts. Pick up and k24 sts along the top edge of rectangle 8. Work square 9.

With C, pick up and k36 sts along the left edge of square 9 and rectangle 8. Pick up and k36 sts along the top right edge of square 6 and the top of square 7. Work square 10.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Surface Crochet

Using F, make a slip knot. Hold yarn and slip st on WS of Towel. Insert hook at the bottom edge of Towel between square 1 and rectangle 4 from the RS to WS. Pull up slip st with hook. Reinsert hook approximately 0.25” above the slip st. YO and pull through to RS and through the slip st. Cont in this manner to the bottom edge of square 10. Surface crochet all vertical lines first followed by all horizontal lines.

Sc around the outer edge of Towel.

Work in all ends.

Primaries Dish Towel

Using E, CO 72 sts. Work following directions for Medium Rectangle.

Using A, CO 18 sts. Pick up and k18 along the right half of E rectangle. Work following the directions Medium Square.

Using C, pick up and k18 sts along left edge of A square. Pick up and k18 along the remaining top edge of E rectangle. Work following directions for Medium Square.

Work in all ends.

Finishing

Surface crochet starting with edge between the two squares. Next surface crochet between the rectangle and the squares. Sc around the outer edge. Work in all ends.

Neutrals Dish Towel

Using B, CO 72 sts. Work following directions for Medium Rectangle.

Using D, CO 18 sts. Pick up and k36 sts along the top edge of the previous rectangle.

CO 18 sts. Work following directions for Medium Rectangle.

Work in ends.

Finishing

Surface crochet between the two rectangles. Sc around the outer edge.

Work in ends.

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