Have you ever looked at a perfectly nice crochet pattern and felt it was missing a little something? Maybe you wanted to add a bit of personality? Well you are in luck because I’m going to share some embellishment techniques to enhance your finished crochet projects with color and texture and just in time for Mother’s Day too!
The MOMogram Dishtowel pattern is a perfect example for us to play with. By itself it is a pretty interesting consolidation of textures and stitches and would look lovely in many colors, or maybe a variegated yarn for more interest. However, add some surface crochet, woven threads and simple embroidery and you will elevate it to another place.
Of course, these are all ideas designed to get your creative juices flowing. You may not want to add as many different types of embellishments to one project, but even a small touch can make all the difference. Have fun playing!
Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn ~ approximately 100 yards of main color, small amounts of contrasting colors for embellishments.
Gauge is not important for this project. I used Hook US I/5.50 mm
Size: 13″ x 15″
beg – beginning
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitches
- Weave ends as you work
- Ch1 at beginning of round does NOT count as a stitch
- Numbers at end of round in ( ) indicate number of stitches in that round
- Work instructions in [ ] or * as designated
- When a number precedes a stitch, you will complete that number of stitches in the next stitch, example: 3hdc means make 3 half double crochets in the next stitch.
Row 1: Ch34, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining st to end. (33 stitches here and throughout)
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Row 3: Ch4 (counts as dc + ch1), turn, [skip 1, dc in next st, ch1], repeat to end.
Rows 4 to 6: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Row 7: Ch4, turn, tr in each st to end.
Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Row 9: Ch1, turn, working in back loop only, sc in each st to end.
Row 10 & 11: Repeat Row 8 and 9 one more time.
Row 12: Ch1, turn, sl st in first st, [hdc in next st, sl st in next st], repeat to end.
Row 13: Ch2, turn, sl st in first st, [hdc in next st, sl st in next st], repeat to end.
Rows 14 to 21: Repeat Rows 12 & 13, four more times.
Rows 22 to 30: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Rows 31 to 40: Repeat Rows 12 & 13, five times.
Row 41: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Row 42: Ch1, turn, working in front loop only, sc in each st to end.
Row 43 & 44: Repeat Row 41 and 42 one more time.
Row 45: Ch4, turn, tr in each st to end.
Rows 46 to 48: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Row 49: Ch4 (counts as dc + ch1), turn, [skip 1, dc in next st, ch1], repeat to end.
Rows 50 & 51: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Side 1: With right side facing, ch3, turn to work long side, dc evenly in side of each row. Fasten off.
Side 2: Join yarn on other side, repeat as for Side 1.
Final Round: Ch1, 1, 3sc in same corner, sc in each st and 3 sc in each corner around. Join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off.
Well look at you, that’s a pretty nice textured dishtowel, don’t you think?
Now comes the fun stuff!
Pull yarn through crocheted piece, sl st as desired keeping the working yarn on the wrong side.
Thread the yarn needle with a length of yarn long enough to go across are you wish to weave + 2 inches on either side (for finishing). Starting on one end, work the needle under and over the desired stitches. If doing more than one row of weaving, alternate the under and over for each row so that they are scattered.
I wove 3 rows of color in the trebles of Rows 7 and 45.
Zig Zag Weaving:
Start on one end, pick up the free loop of Rows 9 and 11 and then again in Rows 42 and 44.
Embroider flowers and monogram in center sc rows.
There are many resources on line to help you with basic embroidery stitches. Click HERE for a great resource.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun project and will make lots of these dishtowels with your own special touches! Don’t forget to add your projects to SHOW IT OFF for a chance to win a free pattern in the monthly drawing!
Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery
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