Crochet several of these and put them in handy places throughout your kitchen; on the oven door and the refrigerator handle are the best places for these. My version is different from most since I don't cut the towel in half, but fold it and use the whole towel. I use a bead from the old beaded car seats. However, you may use a large button just as easily.
Fold towel in half. Using a knitting needle or ice pick, punch holes across the towel through the double thickness to use as a base for the stitches 1/2 inch apart. (See photo)
Base Row: SC in first hole, ch1* SC in next hole, ch1. Repeat from * across. ch2, turn.
2nd Row: DC in each SC (skip the ch1 sts) across, ch2, turn.
3rd Row: Skip one DC,* DC in next DC, Skip next DC. Repeat from *across. ch2, turn.
4th Row: Dc in each ch1 space across ending with DC in turning ch. ch2, turn.
5th Row: Skip first ch1 space, DC in next space*Skip next space, DC in next space. Repeat from *with DC in turning ch. ch2, turn.
6th Row: DC in each DC across. ch2, turn.
Rows 7-15: Repeat Row 6.
Row 16: DC in first 3 DC, ch2, Skip 1 DC (This makes the button hole) DC in next 3 DC. ch 2, turn.
Row 17: DC in first 3 DC, 1DC in ch2 space, DC in next 3 DC. ch2, turn.
Row 18: SC in each DC across. Fasten off and weave end into your work. Fasten Bead or Button in center of Row 6.
By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR
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Thanks for the photos! My grandmother (she didn't crochet) gave me one of these years ago but I could never figure out how the towel was prepared to start the base row. I have crocheted for years and I always wanted to make these for myself and for gifts. I like the idea of using the whole towel. I'm off to rummage through my towels!!
Tracey in Jacksonville, FL
I have been wanting to make these for a long time, but could never find the instructions! They have such pretty kitchen towels out now and the beautiful color yarns they also have out now will look stunning when put together! Thanks so much for posting this!
You have given us so many great crafty things to help us out around the house. We appreciate them all-Thank you!
I get these at a craft fair my club has - they sell very well. One paired with a nylon net scrubbie is a wonderful gift. Several of these towells make a nice shower gift.
I like this a lot, I have made a few from rug yarn and also worsted yarn but last year for Christmas my brother wanted his usual hat which for the past two years he wanted this and for the back of the hat I added a flap like this kitchen towel and he hasn't complained at all about the hat or my way of crocheting them.
Again thank you very much I always wanted to learn how to make them so I could put one on my oven door every month each one different. Could never find the instrustrons so again thank you love the ideal
Beautiful job on the towel, can't wait to make one.
I have a pattern from my grandmother that I treasure but I printed this out to compare. Thank you for posting this.
An elderly friend taught me how to make these several years ago,and I have made LOTS of them. I actually cut a dish towel in half and you get TWO out of a towel.Last year I donated several for our Church Harvest Festival and they sold like HOTCAKES for $2.50 each.
Then I donated Christmas ones for our local Catholic Church Bizarre.They are GREAT selling items and I use up my extra yarn as well.Cost 50 cents apiece to make using Dollar Store towels, and people love them! I actually have nearly 20 made up and ready for selling or gift giving. It's one of those craft items that you can watch tv and do at the same time once you get the hang of it! Thanks Harlean for sharing this with us!
Thank you for the picture of how to start the base row on the towel. I too have always wanted to make these but couldn't find a pattern that explained as well as you have. Happy Crocheting!
So confused. Row 4 says to Dc in each Ch1 space, but there are no Ch1 spaces in row 3. Row 5 says to skip the first Ch1 space, but there are no Ch1 spaces in row 4. Please help me understand this.
So confused. Row 4 says to DC in each Ch1 space, but there are no Ch1 spaces in row 3. Row 5 says to skip the first Ch1 space, but there are no Ch1 spaces in row 4. Please help me understand how to crochet into non existent Ch1 spaces.
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