But you know what, you could so easily NOT make it button-topped simply by continuing straight in the pattern until your piece reaches your desired size for a regular rectangular hand towel.
However, this is a pattern for a Chinese Waves Button-Top Hand Towel!
Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton sunshine, white & country blue
(less than 1 ball each)
Size 7 needles
Chinese Waves Pattern from Maggie's Rags
Row1 (WS): Knit across
Row 2: K1, Sl 1 across, end with K1
Row 3: Knit across
Row 4: K2, *Slip 1, K1* repeat between * until 3 stitches remain, Slip 1, K2
(I swear this last row used to read "K2, *Slip 1, K1*, repeat between *, end K1". This confused me so I emailed Maggie's Rags who responded with why it made perfect sense and then apparently changed it anyway. Whatever.)
How I made this towel
CO 45 sts (or any uneven # of sts) with sunshine yellow
Work in pattern for 52 rows (piece should measure about 5 inches)
Switch to white on WS row.
Continue to work in pattern another 52 rows (piece should measure about 10 inches)
Switch to country blue on WS row.
Continue to work in pattern for 24 rows (piece should measure about 12 inches)
You will do decreases on WS rows.
Row 1: K1, K2tog, repeat, end K1 (31 sts remain)
Row 2: work Row 2 of pattern
Row 3: K1, K2tog, repeat, end K1 (21 sts remain)
Row 4: work Row 4 of pattern
Row 5: K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog 3 times, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog (13 sts remain)
Row 6: work Row 2 of pattern
Row 7: K1, K2tog, repeat, end K1 (9 sts remain)
Row 8: Knit across (to switch WS for strap)
Work in Chinese Waves pattern for 28 rows.
Next row, buttonhole: K4, yo, K2tog, K3
Continue in pattern for 5 more rows.
Weave in ends. Attach button to front of towel at base of strap or just below. Done!
Please do let me know if you notice anything wrong with this pattern. I write everything down as I'm going and type it up when I'm done, but something could get lost in translation. I do think it's accurate, though.