Sunday, May 16, 2010

Free pattern and stitch tutorial - No-sew Crocheted Towel Topper

You'll need:

Kitchen Towel (sample used is about 15 1/2 inches wide, 25 inches long)
Ticket hole punch
Worsted weight yarn (sample used is Red Heart acrylic yarn)
Crochet hook size 4mm

This topper is crocheted directly on a kitchen towel, after punching holes on one short edge. I used my ticket hole punch. (Its a little hard on the hand, but I liked the result). I made it without adding a button or other closure, since I was going to hang it on a hook.
I didn't measure the holes or lined it straight, just eyeballed it about 1/4 inch from the edge, and 1/4 inch apart from each other. I made 41 holes. The exact number of stitches does not matter much.

Row 1: Join yarn on the 1st hole, ch 1, esc (see esc tutorial below) in each hole across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), (tr tog the next two sts) across, tr on the last st, turn. (see tr tog tutorial below)

Row 3: Repeat row 2.
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st across, turn.
Row 5: Repeat row 4, turn.
Row 6: Ch 4 (counts as tr), (tr tog next 2 sts) twice, ch 1, skip 1 st, (tr tog next 2 sts) twice, tr on last st., turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, (sc tog next 2 sts) 3 times, sc on last st, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, (sc tog next 2 sts) twice, sl st on last st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

ESC - Extended Single Crochet Stitch

1. Insert hook into stitch (or space) and pull up a loop.

2. Yarn over and draw loop thru one loop (as if making a chain).

3. Yarn over and draw loop thru 2 loops on hook to finish the single crochet.

4. Esc made.

2-TR TOG - 2-Treble together (or tr decrease)

1. Yarn over hook twice, insert on stitch, and draw up a loop.

2. Yarn over and draw loop thru 2 loops on hook; 3 loops left on hook.

3. Yarn over and insert hook on next stitch, pull up a loop. (You now have 5 loops on hook.)

4. Yarn over and draw thru 2 loops, leaving 4 loops on hook.

5. Yarn over and draw thru 3 loops, leaving 2 loops.

6. Yarn over and draw thru remaining 2 loops.
Tr tog made.


  1. tfs a very easy and pretty tute Mimi.

  2. What a great idea to use a hole punch!

  3. That is so cute. I have a couple hole punchers. I never thought to use them on a towel. I love the bright colors you used for your towel topper. Thanks for the tutorial, I can't wait to try one I love projects like this! :)

  4. I love it Mimi! What a great idea and how clear your tutorial!

  5. What a lovely idea! Thanks for posting!

  6. You said after you hole punched you used a ticket puncher. . . is that the same thing? ? ? ? ?

    1. Oh, what I said was: I crocheted the topper after punching holes. So I described how I punch the holes.
      I did use a ticket puncher, since that worked for me. But some towels are thick and it didn't work.

  7. I am ready to start punching the holes. Been crocheting a lot lately and these towels were orddered by a friend. Instructions are terrific.

  8. Thank you for this pattern. I'm hoping to crochet several for myself and my daughters. :)

  9. I'm a beginner with no crocheting experience at all so I probaly should step down until I get, at the very least, a square crocheted. Your towel w/topper is quite lovely but it's extremely hard to read through your lovely backgrounds.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! There's a glitch somewhere, since the posts I had written on my PC originally have white background, but displays differently in other devices...


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