Crochet Hand Towel

A Crochet Hand Towel is a luxury you simply can't pass up. It's also something that people don't often think of. Personally, I love a crochet washcloth and hand towel for spa use. However it was one of my children that showed me how wonderful it is in the kitchen. I came out to find my child doing dishes with my spa dishcloth, and drying them with my spa hand towel. All the time saying she really loved them. I tried them, and fell in love as well. No lint on the dishes and much more thirsty than I thought it would be.

Materials, Tools & Gauge: Crochet Hand Towel

* Yarn: 100% cotton, 4 ply. Start by picking a 'highlight' color. This color will be used for 4 strips in the center, plus an edging. This really does look wonderful with a variegated yarn, but can be anything you choose. You will need about 117 yards. Your second color, the 'base' color works best by picking 1 solid color out of your variegated yarn, but can be any color you like. You will need about 177 yards.

* Hook: I/9 - 5.50 mm.

* Other: Yarn needle and a scissors.

* Gauge: Gauge really isn't all that important however, Single Crochet: 15 stitches = 4 inches. 16 rows = 4 inches.

Making Your Hand Towel

The Crochet Hand Towel is a very easy pattern that you can have done in no time. Coupled with the Easy Crochet Dishcloth, and the Beginners Crochet Doubled Potholder it makes a wonderful gift.

With your 'base' color Chain 41

Row 1: 1 Single Crochet (sc) in the 2nd Chain (ch) from the hook, and 1 Single Crochet (sc) in each ch after. Total 40 Single Crochet (sc).

Rows 2 - 4: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'highlight' color. ** You could use the No Knot method of changing color here.

Row 5: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

Row 6: Chain (ch) 2 and turn, Extended Double Crochet (edc) 40 stitches across.


Here's a quick tutorial on working the Extended Double Crochet stitch. When making the Crochet Hand Towel use this stitch to keep your posts nice and straight.


Row 7: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'base' color. ** You could use the No Knot method of changing color here.

Rows 8 - 32 (25 rows): Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'highlight' color. **

Row 33: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

Row 34: Chain (ch) 2 and turn, Extended Double Crochet (edc) 40 stitches across.

Row 35: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'base' color. **

Rows 36 - 40: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'highlight' color. ** You could use the No Knot method of changing color here.

Row 41: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

Row 42: Chain (ch) 2 and turn, Extended Double Crochet (edc) 40 stitches across.

Row 43: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'base' color. ** You could use the No Knot method of changing color here.

Rows 44 - 68 (25 rows): Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'highlight' color. ** You could use the No Knot method of changing color here.

Row 69: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

Row 70: Chain (ch) 2 and turn, Extended Double Crochet (edc) 40 stitches across.

Row 71: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Change to your 'base' color. ** You could use the No Knot method of changing color here.

Rows 72 - 75: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, Single Crochet (sc) 40 stitches across.

** Cut your yarn and bind off by pulling the thread through the last loop on your hook. **

Hand Towel Edging

Your edging for the Crochet Hand Towel is what sets your project apart from 'normal' hand towels.

** Change to your 'highlight' color. **

Note: in the first picture it looks like I'm using white. There is white in my highlight color and it just happened to be at the beginning corner.

First Round: Single Crochet

Make sure the 'right' side of your Extended Double Crochet (edc), in the bulk of the crochet hand towel, is facing you.

Attach your yarn, using a slip knot, to the opposite corner that you finished on (it has no tail end).

You will be crocheting down the side (make sure to pick up each row). As you start lay the tail end over your work and crochet around it. This hides your tail end so you don't have to hide it later. When you are done with your project you can snug it tight and just clip it.

Working around your Extended Double Crochet has two parts. 

I marked this stitch with a blue yarn needle. Note that there is one thread that separates this stitch from the long post, be sure to place your hook correctly for this stitch.

Then around the long post, do 2 Single Crochet (sc) stitches.

Note: On the way back up the other side the crochet pattern around Extended Double Crochet will be reversed. Two around the post, followed by one in the stitch with only one thread.

In each corner (except the last) Single Crochet (sc) 3 stitches.

When crocheting around the bottom edge of your Crochet Hand Towel (the edge that has your chain start), crochet around the chain and between each stitch. You can see the location of these stitches, marked with the yarn needle, in the picture below.

Crochet around any loose ends so you hide them as you go.

Finish this round with 2 Single Crochet (sc) stitches in the last (actually your first) corner. Slip Stitch (sl st) into the first stitch.

Second Round: Extended Double Crochet

Chain 2

Start, with Extended Double Crochet (edc), in the same stitch that has your chain.

Work the Extended Double Crochet (edc) all the way around, remembering to do 3 Extended Double Crochet (edc) in each corner.

In the last corner work 1 more Extended Double Crochet (edc) (the original chain counts as one), and slip stitch connect to your original chain (ch).

Third Round (last round): Single Crochet

Chain 1. Start in the same stitch as your chain (see picture below). Single Crochet (sc) all the way around, remembering to do 3 Single Crochet (sc) in each corner.

At the final end, Single Crochet (sc) 2 stitches into the stitch just before your chain (ch). Slip Stitch (sl st) connect to your first stitch (see picture below). Note that it looks like you are skipping a stitch. That 'stitch' is your previous slip stitch.

Finishing: Cut your yarn leaving a long tail end to thread a yarn needle with. Pull that thread through the last loop on your crochet hook, binding off.

Snip all ends that you crocheted around. Using your yarn needle hide any ends that may still need to be hidden.

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The Crochet Hand Towel is designed to go with the Easy Crochet Dishcloth. These two items together would make a great gift.

Don't forget to make some for yourself as both of these make a great Spa experience.

The Beginners Crochet Doubled Potholder goes well with the Easy Crochet Dishcloth and Crochet Hand Towel.


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