So, for nephew G, I knit up just a couple of items for him. A couple of baby washcloths, a hat and booties. These are all very simple and easy to do patterns. I'll provide you with links if I can or just information.
The one stitch I LOVE doing for towels is the twisted stockinette stitch. You can find information on how to do this stich anywhere, but I pulled it from The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting by Margaret Hubert. If you are new to knitting or want a great place to start to figure out stitches of different styles, this is an excellent source of information! It provides great details on stitch counts and easy to follow instructions with fabulous pictures. I depend on this book for everything I know about types of stitches.
My other favorite stitch for towels is the double seed stitch. I like it for the lacy look so it makes an average washcloth seem a little more fancy but gives it a nice set of bumps for a little bit of scrubbing power. Excellent choice especially for small kitchen or kid towels....especially those kids which seem to become muddy. :)
Yes, I chose yellow because I like the sunny color but also it makes it very easy to wash with colors or lights. I prefer the Peaches N Cream brand cotton, but if you prefer something a little easier to work with then the Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton is an excellent alternative. It's softer and more pliable.
Peace, love and purl,