Crochet Towel Topper Instructions

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Jessica Cook

    About the Author

    Jessica Cook has been writing since high school when she wrote for TeenGrrl.com and GirlZone.com. During college she wrote for her university's e-zine, department newsletter and an education journal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Northern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University and an Educational Specialist's degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University.

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    Crochet towel toppers are a kitchen staple. Crochet a topper for your dish towels and you can hang them on your oven or refrigerator door, cabinets, or any other convenient place. Crochet towel toppers make great gifts for holidays and housewarming events and and give someone you care about a handmade item created just for them . A teenager with an interest in crochet can make these uncomplicated towels for useful and attractive parent or grandparent gifts.

    Things You'll Need

    • Dish towel
    • Scissors
    • Straight pins
    • Embroidery needle
    • Cotton crochet thread or yarn
    • Crochet hook size US G
    • Button
    • Needle and thread
    • Tapestry needle

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    Cut a dish towel in half widthwise so you have two towels. Put one aside, and fold the cut edge down on the other and pin it in place, approximately 1/2 inch twice, from the edge.

    Thread a 24-inch length of crochet cotton in an embroidery needle and tie a knot. Sew a blanket stitch on the folded, hemmed edge of the towel. To do this, bring a stitch up approximately 1/4 inch in from the top and right side of the towel, and pull tight. Insert a new stitch from top to bottom, 1/4 inch to the left of your current position. As you pull the thread through, hook the needle through the loop and pull tightly. This will make one vertical stitch and one length of thread that lies flush with the edge of the towel. Continue this all the way across the top of the towel and knot the thread.

    Use your crochet hook to attach your yarn or thread with a slip stitch to the towel's right-side blanket stitch. The blanket stitches will function as your starting chain; make one single crochet stitch in every stitch across the row. Chain one and turn.

    Work two rows of even single crochet stitches. On row four, decrease your stitches by single crocheting two stitches together at the beginning and end of the row; crochet all center stitches normally. Repeat this row until the towel topper measures 2 to 3 inches in width.

    Chain one and single crochet across all the stitches in the row; repeat this row for two more inches. On the next row, in place of the center single crochet make one chain stitch for a buttonhole; single crochet the other stitches normally. On the following row single crochet in all of the single crochets from the previous row as well as in the space left by the chain stitch. Single crochet evenly for 1 inch and fasten off.

    Fold the crochet top of the towel topper in half, vertically. Sew a button to correspond with the location of the button hole. Weave in all loose yarn ends with a tapestry needle. Repeat the entire process with the other half of the towel to make a second crochet towel topper.

    • Choose hand-made buttons to add extra charm to the towel.
    • Do not use wool yarn, it will be difficult to launder.

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