When I made my blue set months back, both the hanging towel and the dishcloth were made with one single skein of Lion Cotton, which comes in 5 oz skeins.
So the choice is up to you. One benefit of a 5 oz skein or a bag of mill ends with such a large skein, is being able to make the whole towel with a single strand. No piecing together two skeins and having to weave in ends. The other benefit of the mill ends is the cost savings. Now, who doesn't like saving money on yarn?
KBB Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel
© Cathy Waldie, September 12, 2007
Tbl=Through back loop
Kfb, kfb=knit through the front and the back of the same stitch, increase stitch
Sl = Slip
PSSO=Pass Slipped Stitch Over
* *=repeat the directions between the *'s
Cast on 59 stitches. K 6 rows for the lower border, and begin the pattern. Remember that I like to slip the first stitch of each of my rows.
2) Sl 1, k3, p3, *k1 tbl, p3* 12 times across, end k4.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of 36 pattern repeats, or until 13" from the beginning of the cast on row.
1) K8, *(sl 1, k2 tog, psso), k7* 4 times, end last 11 sts: (sl 1, k2tog, psso) k8 (49 sts.)
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) sl 1, k across
3) K7, *(sl 1, k2 tog, psso) k5* 4 times, end last 10 sts: (sl 1, k2 tog, psso) k7 (39 sts.)
5) K6, *(sl 1, k2tog, psso) k3* 4 times, end last 9 sts: (sl 1, k2 tog, psso) k6 (29 sts.)
7) K5, *(sl 1, k2tog, psso) k1* 4 times, end last 8 sts: (sl 1, k2 tog, psso) k5 (19 sts.)
9) K4, (k2 tog) 6 times, k3 (13 sts)
11) (K2 tog) 3 times, k 1, (k2 tog) 3 times (7 sts)
12) Sl 1, k across
Start the Tab Section of the towel top
1) Sl 1, k across
2) K2, p3, k2
3-16) repeat rows 1 and 2 of the tab section
17, 18) Sl 1, k across
19) K2, p3, k2
20-33) repeat rows 18 and 19 of the tab section
34) K2, Bind off the center 3 sts, k to end (4 sts-creates the buttonhole)
35) K2, kfb in the next st, kfb in the next st, k2 (6 stys)
36) (K2 tog) 3 times (3 sts)
[(optional: 37) Sl 1, k2tog, psso, (1 st)
39) pull live tail through the stitch and secure. (Makes the tab pointier.)]or
Cut thread ~18" long, and whip stitch around the button hole for added strength, weave in ends, and sew button into center stitches of tab decrease row #12.
All that's left, is to knit up a dishcloth or two to go along with the towel!