Nothing says nostalgia like a dish towel topper! My mom asked me to make some for her like her mother used to have when she was little. I think it drives us both crazy when the dish towels keep falling off and onto the dirty floor…. yuck! My kiddos always seem to have a knack with leaving them on the floor too.
They are pretty quick and very practical! That’s why I like to make them as quick gifts and they would also be fantastic for markets! It’s handmade, they can use all year round, and it makes them feel like you spent tons of time, but really you were able to whip several of them up over the afternoon. Sounds like a win all the way around! Shhh, your secret is safe with me 😉
Now the secret to making these is with cotton yarn, so they can be thrown in the wash. Who wants to specially wash a kitchen towel?? Not me! We all want to throw it in the washing machine and have it ready to go for next time. I really like the paintbox DK cotton yarn from Lovecrafts.com. They have tons of colors and the light weight helps the stitches give beautiful texture to your hand towels.
For hand towels I like to use the big packs they have at Sams Club, it’s a pack of 8 pack for just under $10. They are super high quality and work great for the toppers! If you don’t have a Sams club membership, don’t worry… Walmart carries them too! They have packs of 4 for pretty inexpensive as well. Most of the patterns I found on Pinterest had you cut the towel before the towel topper, but I personally like them better full. You have to sew through a couple layers, but I promise it isn’t that bad! I like them to have their full absorbency to get more use out of them before they go in the wash.
What you need:
- Dish towel– The ones I use are 16″ by 26″ (For Walmart set click here)
- DK cotton yarn, approx 45 yds– Paintbox cotton DK in the color stormy grey click here
- Large Wood buttons 1 1/4″ in diameter — I got mine on Etsy but the seller no longer makes them in this size
- G hook
- Thread & needle (the thread can match either the dishtowel or the yarn) I used white
- Tapestry needle
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
dc2tog- double crochet 2 together. To do this, wrap yarn around hook and insert it into the next stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook (should be 2 loops on your hook). Wrap yarn over and insert into the next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (now 3 loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
dc3tog- double crochet 3 together. To do this, wrap yarn around hook and insert it into the next stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook (should be 2 loops on your hook). Wrap yarn over and insert into the next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (now 3 loops on your hook). Yarn over and insert into the next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (now 4 loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.
- Ch 2 in the beginning of the row does NOT count as the first stitch
- Use either the tapestry needle or a small hook to pull up the next stitch on the towel, it’s easier than trying to get the g hook underneath it!
- Numbers in () are giving stitch counts at the end of each row
Let’s get started!
Start by folding your dishtowel width into thirds, then fold in half lengthwise. This is how your towel will hang, so make sure it’s even. We will be using the midpoint to sew across, if you would like to pin it to mark the seam do so now!
Cut 2 long strands of thread, about 4-5 feet long each. Fold them over to double up and knot the end twice. This will give you 4 layers of thread to keep it stable. Thread into the needle.
Starting on the right side, sew across the top, and make sure to loop back so you have 33 stitches across the top for you to crochet into. Tie off and cut the thread.
Row 1: Attach cotton yarn with your g hook and sc in each of your sewed stitches. Use the tapestry needle or small hook to help pull them up. (33) Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Dc3tog across the row. (11 clusters). Ch 2, turn.
Row 3: Dc3tog, but this time it will all be in the same stitch, right on top of the previous clusters. Dc3tog across. (11 clusters). Ch 2, turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 3
Row 5: Starting to decrease the rows, the dc3tog is in between the clusters from the previous row. Make a total of 10 dc3tog, then 1 dc after the last cluster, between the cluster and the chain 2 from the previous row. (10 clusters, 1 dc) Ch 2, turn.
Row 6: Repeat row 5. (9 clusters, 1 dc)
Row 7: Repeat row 5. (8 clusters, 1 dc)
Row 8: Repeat row 5. (7 clusters, 1 dc)
Row 9: Repeat row 5. (6 clusters, 1 dc)
Row 10: Repeat row 5. (5 clusters, 1 dc)
Row 11: Repeat row 5. (4 clusters, 1 dc)
Row 12: Now going back to dc3tog on top of the previous row’s clusters. There isn’t a dc at the end of these rows. Dc3tog across. (4 clusters) Ch 2, turn.
Row 13: Dc3tog across. (4 clusters) Ch 2, turn.
Row 14: repeat row 13, but end by ch 1.
Row 15: sc 2 sts over the first cluster, ch 3 and skip next 2 clusters, 2 sc over last cluster. (4 sc and 3 ch) Ch 2, turn.
Row 16: Dc2tog over first 2 sc, dc2tog in the ch space two times, then dc2tog over last 2 sc.
Cut yarn and tie off.
Optional: Sc around the outside of topper. Start at the bottom right and work your way around, make 2 sc in the edges of the top to round them out. Tie off and hide threads.
Sew on button, in between the 3rd and 4th row on top of the 6th cluster from the 3rd row.
Hide threads and you are done! Now enjoy your beautiful new kitchen towel, or share them!
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