Here's my instructions for making an old Kitchen Classic.... the Crochet Tea Towel Topper...
Basic crochet skills are required. You will need to be able to work chain stitch, single crochet and decrease.
I am using US terminology for my crochet stitches.
(If you use UK terminology, replace all 'single crochet' stitches in this tutorial with 'double crochet' stitches)
- tea towel
- 8 ply cotton yarn
- 4mm crochet hook
- large button
- wool needle
- sewing needle and thread (or sewing machine)
Prepare the towel.
Start by cutting your tea towel in half. Turn over the raw edge to create a neat hem. Press and stitch in place.
Make guide holes.
Use the wool needle to pierce a row of guide holes through the single layer of fabric beneath the hem.
I'm going to write my stitch numbers at the end of each row. These are a guide only. Your stitch count will be similar but not necessarily identical.
Row 1 : Work a row of single crochet into the guide holes and over the hem - 48 sc.
Rows 2 - 4 : turn your work, chain 1, single crochet across - 48 sc.
Row 5 : turn your work, chain 1, decrease in every stitch across - 24 sc.
Rows 6 - 8 : turn your work, chain 1, single crochet across - 24 sc.
Row 9 : turn your work, chain 1, decrease in every stitch across - 12 sc.
Rows 10 - 12 : turn your work, chain 1, single crochet across - 12 sc.
Row 13 : turn your work, chain 1, decrease in every stitch across - 6 sc.
Rows 14 - 26 : turn your work, chain 1, single crochet across - 6 sc.
Row 27 : turn your work, chain 1, single crochet in first stitch, chain 10, single crochet in last stitch, fasten off.
Go back to you original starting point.
Join in the yarn, and work a row of single crochet around the edges of your work.
When you reach the buttonhole, work a single crochet into each of the chain stitches.Then continue with your edging.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Attach your button... and hang your towel with PRIDE!