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!
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:
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.
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
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.