Thank you. I appreciate your comments. I have already made a baby blanket with the Monte Cristo cotton. The result was fabulous. Reason I asked was because I have used patterns from different sources (not knowing any different as I do now) the sett was too close and I was disappointed with the result of my hand towels. My newer ones --per Jane's sett guidelines --are wonderfully absorbent now.
This one pattern calls for 8/2 cotton and twill at 24 epi and 24 ppi.
I will look at your suggested waffle weave structure also. Thank you for your quick reply.