Holiday Helper Dish Towel
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I don’t know about you, but I go through lots of dish towels in my kitchen, and around the holidays, I stack them up on the counter because I’m constantly grabbing a new one. The Holiday Helper Dish Towel is perfect for those holiday gatherings. I added a fun flower embellished hanger so you can hang it neatly on your stove handle or a drawer pull for easy access, but if you don’t want the hanger, just omit that part and add the border on all four sides. This dish towel is generously sized too so you can get plenty of use before you have to replace it with a fresh one.
I used Creme de la Creme in three colors for this beauty.
I alternated traditional Christmas colors to make a striped effect in my sample, but it will look great in many color schemes. Play with the placement of the stripes or try alternating colors every row for a different look. The dish towel is quite easy to work up and the border gives it a nice sturdy and pretty edge. this is also a great stash buster because you can mix and match scraps of yarn you may have from other projects. These towels will last you a long time and brighten your kitchen in the process too 🙂
Size: Dish Towel 12” x 14” Not including hanger
Red Heart Creme de la Creme worsted weight cotton yarn, one ball each of three colors, I used:
- White (Color 1)
- Forest (Color 2)
- Rally Red (Color 3)
Stitch markers (6)
¾” Buttons – 2
Gauge: Not critical for this project but I got 3 Shells x 8 Rows = 4”
Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
SM = stitch marker
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
YO= yarn over
Shell = 5dc in same stitch
Shell Cluster = All in the same st, work as follows: *YO insert hook into designated st and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook in same st and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops, YO and pull through all 3 loops on hook, *; ch2, repeat between * once.
Corner Shell Cluster = All in the same st, work as follows: Make same as Shell Cluster, ch2, repeat between * once more.
Bobble Cluster = YO insert hook into designated st and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops, [YO, insert hook in same st and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops] 3 times, YO and pull through all 5 loops on hook, ch1 to secure.
- Written in US Standard terms.
- Beginning ch1 does not counts as a stitch.
- I carry my unused yarns along the side of the project, but you may fasten off at each color changes if you prefer.
- Repeat instructions between [ ] or * as indicated.
- Stitch count is in ( ) at the end of the Row/Round.
- Weave ends as you work.
I used three colors but you can use as many colors as you like and alternate them as you choose. For my towel, I used a repeat of one row Forest, one Rally Red and 3 White. Here are the details by row:
- Color 1 (White): Rows 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31
- Color 2 (Forest): Rows 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
- Color 3 (Scarlet): Rows 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
Row 1: Ch38 loosely, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch to end. (37)
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in same st, [skip 2, Shell in next st, skip 2, sc in next st] repeat between [ ] to end. (6 Shells)
Row 3: Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2dc in same st, sc in center st of next Shell, [Shell in next sc, sc in center st of next Shell] repeat between [ ] to the last Shell, 3dc in last sc. (5 Shells and a half Shell at the beginning and end of the row)
Row 4: Ch1, turn, sc in same st, [Shell in next sc, sc in center st of next Shell] repeat between [ ] to end. (6 Shells)
Rows 5 to 30: Repeat Rows 3 and 4
Row 31: Ch2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), hdc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, [hdc next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts] repeat between [ ] until there are 2 sts left, hdc in last 2 sts. Do not fasten off. (37)
The first Round of the border is worked around all 4 sides. The remainder of the border is worked around the sides and bottom of the Towel only and will be noted as Rows and not Rounds.
Round 1: With Color 1, ch1, do not turn, to form first corner, work in the last st of Row 31 of Towel, [3sc in corner, turn to work along the side of each row, work 57 sc evenly until there is one st left before the next corner, 3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner]; Repeat between [ ] to end, join to first sc with sl st. Fasten off. (196)
Row 2: Join Color 3 in corner (the corner is the center st of the group of 3 sc worked in the same st) where you fastened off in Round 1, PLACE A SM IN THIS ST, ch3, skip 1, Shell Cluster in next st, [skip 4, Shell Cluster in next st], repeat between [ ] until there are 2 sts left before corner, Corner Shell Cluster in corner st; skip 2, Shell Cluster in next st, [skip 3, Shell Cluster in next st], repeat between [ ] until there are 2 sts left before next corner, Corner Shell Cluster in corner st; skip 2, Shell Cluster in next st, [skip 4, Shell Cluster in next st], repeat between [ ] until there is 1 st left before next corner, skip 1, dc in next corner. Fasten off. (12 Shell Cluster on each side, 9 along bottom and 2 Corner Shell Cluster)
Row 3: Join Color 1 at SM, ch1, sc in same st, [*working along top of clusters, sc in each st and 2sc in each ch2 space to corner,* 3sc in corner], repeat between [ ] once; repeat between * once; working along top of clusters, sc in each st and 2sc in each ch2 space to end. Fasten off. (152)
Row 4: Turn to work from wrong side of project, join Color 2 at last st of Row 3, [sc 2 sts, Bobble Cluster in next st], repeat between [ ] around the 3 sides until there are 2 sts left, sc in last 2 sts. Fasten off. (50 Bobble Clusters with 2sc between each and at beginning and end of row)
Row 1: With right side of project facing you, join Color 2 at top right corner, ch1, sc 49 across evenly. (49)
STEP 1: PLACE STITCH MARKERS AS FOLLOWS:
- SM#1 in stitch 12 – Fold and line up with SM#3
- SM#2 in stitch 18 – Back Fold
- SM#3 in stitch 24
- SM#4 in stitch 26
- SM#5 in stitch 31 – Back Fold
- SM#6 in stitch 37 – Fold and line up with SM#4
STEP 2: MAKE PLEATS:
Lay towel on flat surface with right side facing you, fold at SM#1 and bring it to SM#3, I like to pin it in place, fold SM#6 and bring it to SM#4. You should now have an inverted center pleat on the front and two folds on the back at SM#2 and SM#5.
Row 2: Ch1, turn working carefully to keep sts lined up and folds in place, sc across working through all thicknesses to secure the folds in place. (25)
Row 3: Ch2, turn, *skip 1, [hdc, ch1, hdc] in next st*, repeat between * 10 times, skip 1, hdc in last st. Fasten off. (24 hdc, 11 ch1 spaces)
Row 4: Join Color 3, turn, ch2, hdc in next ch1 space, [hdc, ch1, hdc] in next 9 ch1 spaces, hdc in next ch1 space, hdc in last st. Fasten off. (22 hdc)
Row 5: Join Color 1, PLACE SM HERE, turn, ch1, hdc in next st, hdc in next 9 ch1 spaces, hdc2tog. (11 hdc)
Rows 6 to 15: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end. (11 sc)
Row 16: Ch1, sc2tog, sc in each st until there are 2 left, sc2tog. (9 sc)
Rows 17 to 19: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end. (9 sc)
Row 20: Ch1, sc2tog, sc in each st until there are 2 left, sc2tog. (7 sc)
Rows 21 to 27: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end. (7 sc)
Row 28 (buttonhole): Ch1, turn, sc in first 2 sts, ch5, skip 3, sc in last 2 sts. (4sc + ch5)
Row 29: Ch1, turn, sc in first 2 sts, 5sc in ch5 space, sc in last 2 sts. Fasten off. (9)
Top Edge: Join Color 1 at side of Row 5 where you placed the SM, ch1, working around the top, sc in each st to opposite side of Row 5. Fasten off.
Border All Around: Join Color 2, ch1, sc in each st around entire towel, join to first st. Fasten off.
Sew button in place in center of Row 4 of Buttoned Top as shown in photo.
Round 1: Ch5, join with sl st to first ch to form a loop, *ch7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 5 chs, sl st to next ch in ring*, repeat between * 4 times. (5 spokes)
Round 2: Turn to work from wrong side along the chs and sl sts up the spokes of Round 1, *sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, [sc, ch2, sc] in last st; working down other side of spoke, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st into ring*; repeat around, join to first sc. Fasten off.
Sew decorative button to center of flower on right side.
Sew flower in place as shown in photo.
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