Crochet Towel Topper Free Pattern

by PJDeneen

Crochet topped towels make great gifts for holidays and other special occasions. Here is an easy pattern to make your own.

Quick and Easy Homemade Gifts

Are you looking for homemade gifts that are easy to make?  These crochet topped towels are not only attractive but practical as well.  You can use kitchen, hand and tea towels with this pattern.  

This technique is very versatile and can be adapted to the materials you have one hand.  I learned how to do this from my grandmother and have gotten used to doing it this way.  But I give tips for variations at the end of this article.

Crochet topped kitchen towel
Crochet topped kitchen towel
Patricia Deneen

Materials Needed

You will need the following items to make the towel:

  • One kitchen or other towel solid in color or with a repeated pattern
  • Scissors
  • Small amount of complementary colored worsted weight or cotton yarn
  • Size G hook
  • Tapestry needle (I prefer plastic for this)
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing thread to match your yarn
  • Two buttons

Crochet Stitch Key

Below are the meanings of the crochet stitch abbreviations I use as well as instructions for the decrease technique.

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

dec = decrease

How to decrease one at beginning of next row:  Chain 1 at end of last row, turn.  Draw a loop up through each of next 2 stitches.  Pull yarn through 3 loops on hook.

How to decrease one at end of row:  Draw a loop up through each of last 2 stitches.  Pull yarn through 3 loops on hook.


Cut the towel in half so that the pattern is the same on both pieces.  

Row 1:  On the edge of one use a tapestry needle to insert a hole about 1/4 inch down.  Sc in hole.  Make about 3 more holes along the edge approximately 1/2 inch apart and sc in holes.  Continue this process until end of row.  I've found that if I try to make the holes all the way across first and then crochet the first row, then the fibers of towel close up and it's hard to find the holes.  You might prefer to mark each towel with dots with chalk pencil to make sure of equal amount of holes in each.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 2:  Sc in each stitch across.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 3:  Dc in each stitch across.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 4:  Sc in first stitch.  *Ch 1, skip one sc then sc in next sc.  Repeat from * until end of row.  Ch 1, turn.  

Row 5:  Dec one at beginning of row.  Repeat row 4 until there are 2 stitches left at end of row and dec one.  Ch 1, turn.  Repeat row 5 until there are 6 stitches left.

Loop Section (for hanging towel)

Next 17 rows:  Sc in each stitch.  Ch 1, turn.

Next row (buttonhole):  Sc next 2 stitches, ch 2, sc last 2 stitches.  Ch 1, turn.

Next 3 rows:  Sc in 6 stitches.  Ch, 1 turn.  Finish off.

Sew button approximately one inch below first row of 6 sc.  Be sure to test the position with the buttonhole before you fasten it.

Repeat for second half.

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I often use worsted weight yarn with these but cotton yarn is softer and stands up to a lot of washings.  You may adjust the stitches any way you want.  You can make it more delicate looking by replacing some of the sc rows with a double crochet row with spaces.

Gift Ideas

These make great Christmas gifts, especially if you also give the gift of food.  I also like to put a couple of these in a housewarming gift basket.  Some ideas for these are food specific such as all the fixings for a picnic or a spaghetti meal, a wine, cheese, crackers and olives basket, and a breakfast basket.

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Updated: 12/31/2011, PJDeneen
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PJDeneen on 01/19/2012

Great Brenda! I'm glad it could be of some help.

BrendaReeves on 01/17/2012

I've been looking for a pattern that explained how to attach the crochet to the towel. Now I know. Thank you. I'm going to make some of these.

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