Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Towel Control

I got so tired of seeing hand towels on my counters or hurriedly scrunched around the door handles of our kitchen appliances.  I remembered my mom used to crochet "towel toppers," and I don't know why I didn't do this sooner.  I could have saved myself a lot of frustration!

The main color is Red Heart Spring Green.

To start with, you'll need a hook small enough to pierce through the towel, but big enough to work with the thickness of the yarn.  In this case, I used a 1.75 mm steel hook. The foundation row should be tight, and small pleats made due to a tight gauge is desired.

Fold the hand towel in half and cut along the fold:
FOUNDATION ROW: With the 1.75 mm steel hook, pierce a hole approximately 1/4" away from one of the corners.  Work single crochets along the side, piercing a hole into the towel for each stitch.

As you turn the corner, work 2 SINGLE CROCHET (SC) stitches in one hole, and continue to make single crochet stitches along the rough edge.

As you turn the corner at the end, also work 2SC stitches in one hole, and make enough SC stitches along the side so the coverage is even with the other side of the towel.

Work REVERSE SLIP stitches back up to the corner.

ROW1: Switch to a larger hook; in this case, the hook is 3.25mm.  CH2 and turn. Work HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (HDC) stitches in each single crochet until you get to the corner

ROW2: CH2 and turn. HDC in the back loops of each st, ending with one at the top of CH2.

ROW3: CH2, turn and work DOUBLE CROCHET (DC) stitches across, ending with one at the top of CH2 of previous row.

Join ROW3 with a SLIP STITCH (SL ST).

Make a SL ST at the top of each of the next 2 DC.

ROW1: CH2 and turn. Work DC in front loops of next 5 stitches.
**ROW2: CH2 and turn, DC in next st, BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET (BPDC) around each of next 2 st, DC in each of next 2 st
ROW3: CH2 and turn, DC in next st, FRONT POST DOUBLE CROCHET (FPDC) around each of next 2 st, DC in each of next 2 st**

repeat from ** to ** 5 times
repeat ROW2

CH2 and turn, DC in next st, TREBLE CROCHET (TRC), CH3, SL st in back ridge of second CH from hook, CH1, TRC in next st of strap, DC in next st, HDC

Fasten off and weave ends in.

Sew on a one inch button at the center of the foundation row, or sew on  a QUICK AND EASY FLOWER.

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