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Snowman Towel


Closeup Snowman

A closeup on the embellished snowman.

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Winter Cleanup:

You know those special occasion hand towels that people aren't supposed to use, they're just holiday decoration? I've never understood that. Here's an easy to knit hand towel that brings a little of the holiday to your bathroom but in a way that's not so precious it's just decoration.

You have the option with this one to use the Reverse Stockinette side as the front (as pictured) and work any embellishments with duplicate stitch, or use the Stockinette side as the front and make French knots or other embroidery to make your snowman special.


  • one ball Lily Sugar 'n Cream in white, or 120 yards of your favorite medium-weight cotton yarn
  • one pair size 8 US knitting needles
  • a small length of black or gray cotton yarn, optional
  • scissors and yarn needle


17 stitches and 23 rows per 4 inches (4.25 stitches and 5.75 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical.


Finished size is about 24 inches long and 6 inches wide.


  1. Cast on 28 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch for 4 rows.
  3. Change to Reverse Stockinette Stitch and work until 2 inches from cast on edge. Keep the first and last 4 stitches in Garter Stitch.
  4. Work snowman chart, working the Xs as purls on the knit side and knits on the purl side.
  5. Switch back to plain Reverse Stockinette Stitch until piece measures almost 18 inches long.
  6. Work the chart again, remembering to work from the top down.
  7. Work the same number of rows in Reverse Stockinette here that you did before the snowman on the other end.
  8. Work 4 rows in Garter Stitch.
  9. Bind off, weave in ends, and decorate your snowman.

Decoration Options:

You can leave your snowman plain if you like, but people might not be able to tell what he's supposed to be without the addition of some eyes and buttons.

For my snowman I worked eyes and three "buttons" in duplicate stitch. If you want to use the Stockinette Stitch side as the front, use French knots instead. Or attach actual buttons if you prefer.

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