Modern Crochet Towel Topper Tutorial

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This Modern Crochet Towel Topper is the perfect way to gift a need, with a handmade touch. Which is exactly what inspired me to create it. Years ago, my mom got one look at my KAMsnaps and requested that I add them to her kitchen towels so they would stay put! I use them for cloth diapers and baby things, but they are so useful for so many crafty projects! Anyway, this year I decided she needed a few more kitchen towels with a crocheted touch. I knew they would remind her of her grandmother, who was the crocheter in our family (before me!). My parents also recently had their kitchen upgraded to a more modern look, so I wanted that same sophistication in these crochet towel toppers. I think the stripes and color palette achieve just that!

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Materials:

I Love This Cotton Yarn in black and white.

Crochet Hooks size C to start your topper and size G to crochet it.

2-3/4″ buttons

Kitchen Hand Towels

An Awl

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Pins

Scissors



Pattern Notes:

The crochet topper uses the Griddle Stitch, which is worked in pairs-just a dc, sc. Be sure to start with an even number of stitches.

Ch. 2 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch, which means your first dc will be in the same stitch as the ch.2.

Gauge is not terribly important for this project, but mine was 4 stitches (dc,sc, dc,sc) = 1 inch.

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Prep your towels:

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Start by tri-folding your towel lengthwise and then folding it in half, as you would to hang it on the oven handle.

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Now it’s time to measure and mark where your stitches will go in the top of the towel. I marked mine about 1/2″ down from the top of the fold and every 1/4″ across the towel. Since we’ll be using a small crochet hook to get this started I wanted them fairly close to one another. Most importantly, be sure to mark an even number of stitches for the pattern.

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Before actually punching any holes, I used my T-pins to secure all the layers of the towel together. You want to be sure to keep them straight and that you catch all the layers.

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Insert your awl and punch your first hole. I started about 1/4″ from the edge. I also punched the holes as I went, not awl at once (hahahaha).

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Insert your small hook and work it around a bit to get the hole open enough to accommodate the yarn.

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Attach the yarn with a slip knot to the towel.

The Pattern:

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Row 1: Single crochet across at your marked points, poking holes with the awl as you go. I made 22 sc, be sure it’s an even number of stitches.

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Switch to the larger size G hook for the rest of the pattern.




Row 2: Turn, Ch.1, sc across (22)

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Row 3: Ch. 2, dc in same stitch, sc in next, *(dc, sc), repeat from * til end of row. Always end with a sc. turn.

Here’s a few pictures of the end of the row:
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Two stitches left
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One stitch left

 



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Last stitch in (sc)

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Row 4: Ch. 2, dc in same stitch, sc in next, *(dc, sc), repeat from * til end of row. On last stitch, change to black, turn.

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Rows 5-8: Repeat Row 4, change to white.

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Rows 10-13: Repeat Row 4, change to black.

Rows 14-17: Repeat Row 4, change to white.

Row 18: {Button holes will be formed in this row} Ch. 2, dc in same stitch, sc in next, *(dc, sc) til end, turn.

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Row 19: Ch.2, dc in same stitch, sc in next, dc, ch.1, skip next stitch, *(dc, sc) repeat from * until stitch number 18 (or 5th from the end). This button hole works well for 3/4″ buttons, check yours and adjust accordingly-you can chain more or less, if you need to accommodate a different size button.

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In stitch #18 sc, ch. 1, skip stitch #19, sc in #20, dc, sc, turn.

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Row 20: Repeat Row 4. Crochet into ch. spaces from previous row.

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Row 21: Repeat Row 4.

Row 22: Ch. 1, sc across, finish off.

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To Finish Your Towel:

Fold the crochet topper in half, positioning it as if it were attached to and hanging from the oven. You might want to actually fit it over the oven bar to get it just right. You can see on mine, three of the striped sections will be folded to the front, and two sections left on the back. So your fold won’t be halfway, it’s 3/5 to be exact 🙂

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Use your T-pins to mark where your buttons will go. Sew on buttons with your hand needle and thread.

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Button your topper around the oven handle and all done!

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I did the white one in opposite stripes. It’s also only 3 rows of each color so it takes on a more curved shape when buttoned.

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Now you’re all set to work up one or two or a few!

Enjoy them or gift them, cause who doesn’t need more towels?!

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