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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Crocheted Top Dish Towels
Crocheted Top Dish Towels:
Christmas is just 5 weeks away!This year, I THOUGHT I had a “jump” on it by
ordering a lot of gifts online and beginning my handwork projects in
October.I seem to have a major problem…
one which I realize I’ve had all of my life.No matter how early I start, I always think of other things to add, and
with 5 children, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren and now several
step-grands and great-grands, I try to keep things even.If I give more to one, I need to give more to
the rest, as well.My family continues
to grow and the gift list expands right along with it.I am blessed to have a large, loving family…
but I need to figure out how I can cope with the gift issue logically and
practically. Most importantly, I need to regulate MYSELF! I knit dishcloths and
crochet net scrubbies year round while I am “resting” or watching television,
so one of the items I give every year is a box that includes some handmade
dishcloths, scrubbies and hanging terrycloth towels with crocheted tops, to
hang on an oven door handle.They are
easy to make, fairly inexpensive, and very useful.
Here is the pattern for my crocheted top on the dishtowels:
Crocheted ruffle top
Size F or G crochet hook, depending on how tightly you crochet. Gauge isn't important with this pattern, but it shouldn't be too loose.
4-ply Knitting Worsted Weight Yarn
Hand Towel (I use terry cloth)
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
SK = Skip
STS = Stitches
Fold towel in half, wrong sides together.I find it helpful to sew a zigzag
along the edge of the fold, to keep it evenly in place while I work with the
towel.Punch holes approximately ¼”
apart along folded edge of towel, using a sharp object like an awl. I can only punch about 4 holes at a time
without them closing up again, so this step takes the longest. Single crochet in each hole across towel,
approximately 50 STS.It really doesn’t
matter if you have more, as you will decrease down to the correct number on Row
Row 1:Chain 1.SC in top of each SC across towel.CH 2. Turn.
Row 2: DC in top of each SC across.CH 2.Turn.
Row 3: DC in top of first DC. (2 DC made). *Sk 1 DC, DC in
top of next 2 DC.Repeat from * across
row.CH 2. Turn.
Row 4: DC in top of every other DC across row.Ch 2.Turn.
Row 5: DC in top of every other DC across row, decreasing
evenly across row.Ch2. Turn.
Row 6: DC in top of every DC, decreasing evenly across row
to end with 8 sts.Ch 2. Turn.
Row 7-8: DC in top of each DC across.Ch 2. Turn.
Row 9:DC in top of
first 3 D.Ch 2, SK 2 DC, DC in
remaining 3 DC.Ch 2. Turn.
Row 10-15: DC in each of 8 sts across row.Ch 2. Turn.
Row 16: 2 DC in top of each DC.Ch 2.Turn.
Row 17: 3 DC in top of each DC.Fasten off.
Edging: SC evenly around all crocheted area of towel,
beginning at one side and going up each side, around ruffle, and down the
remaining side.Fasten off.Put ruffle through buttonhole formed with Row
I’m busy wrapping gifts and putting them into big boxes,
according to which family they are for.Everyone will be here for Thanksgiving, and I don’t want them to see the
gifts unwrapped in boxes in my dining room, which is my “storage” room!The Minnesota children will take their gifts
home with them, but the Michigan contingent will probably come down to
celebrate at some point, probably shortly after Christmas, so all of us in the
Cincinnati area will celebrate together then.Holidays celebrated on a specific day don’t mean as much as when my
family can gather together… then it is my favorite holiday, whatever day that
happens to be!
A few weeks ago, my youngest son came down from Michigan to
spend a few days with me and do some of the things on my honey-do list.His Cincinnati siblings all came over to
visit and help with various projects throughout the weekend.I love the spouses my children chose, and
love their children… but it was a selfish delight to have four of my children
together and see how wonderfully they relate to each other as adults.We laughed and reminisced, and it was my
first Christmas gift this year… and one that could never be boxed and
wrapped!My yard is raked and