So if you haven’t already noticed from the granny squares and t-shirt yarn rug, I’ve been on a bit of a crochet kick lately. It’s been one of my favorite crafty things for years, but my efforts come in waves, especially over the last few years. School and work lead to large chunks of time where I have almost no free time. It’s a bummer for sure!
One thing I’ve been dying to crochet are some new kitchen towels. I’m trying to green up my life, both for saving money purposes and saving the environment purposes, but one thing I’m horrible with is using too many paper towels. I put one in my lunch box every morning and use them for drying fruit and vegetables, wiping down the counter, and pretty much everything else in my kitchen. At school, I only have two kitchen towels so I have to rotate and wash them pretty frequently. Anywho, I’ve been scouring the interwebs for crochet towel patterns and stumbled upon these beauties made by MarriedACarrot and posted on r/crochet.
These guys use a modified linen stitch, which leads to a really thick, beautiful weave that should hold up very well with regular kitchen use. The dish towels are super fast to whip up and look so pretty. I’m halfway through my second and hope to make more! The great thing about this pattern is that it’s repetitive, so you can make your kitchen towels as big or as small as you’d like. You could even turn this into a blanket if you have enough yarn! The light blue towel featured in the pictures is about the size of a place mat (~12 x 18 inches).
100% cotton yarn – I used 5 or 6 ounces of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (I had used it for past projects, so I don’t know the exact amount)
G and H crochet hooks
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Begin by chaining 54 (or any even number, depending on your desired size of dish towel). Since cotton yarn has less give than acrylics, I like to chain in a slightly larger crochet hook. I used an H hook for my first towel and an I hook for my second.
Row #1: Switch to your G hook. Skip (sk) the first chain (ch) and single crochet (sc) in the second ch from the hook. *ch 1, sk 1, sc* and repeat until you reach the end of the chain. You should be crocheting a single crochet stitch in every other chain, with a chain in between.
Row #2: Ch 1 and turn. sc in the previous row’s sc, double crochet (dc) in the previous row’s chain (in the hole/gap, not through the stitch). Repeat this pattern (sc, dc) until you reach the end of the row. You should end on an sc.
Repeat rows #1 and #2 until you’ve reached the desired size or you get close to running out of yarn (that’s what happened to me on the first go-round). I ended up being able to finish 18 repeats (36 rows) before I neared the end of my skein of yarn. My towel ended up being about 12 by 18 inches, smaller than I had hoped but still big enough to use for drying dishes and veggies.
If you don’t want an edging, you’re done here! If you want to hear how I finished off my towel with a border, keep reading!
For the edging, I just turned after my last #2 row and started a row of only sc. I did two rows of single crochet, with the second row in the back loops only. I added a couple extra stitches in the 3 sc at each corner (2, 3, 2), just to help turn the corner without turning up the edges of the towel.
You can do any type of border or edging you want. I picked a simple sc border because it looks finished and tidies up the project, but is solid and sturdy like the rest of the kitchen towel.
What do you crochet for your kitchen? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!