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Home : Patterns : Tea Towel Topper

Free Crochet Pattern: Tea Towel Topper

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton
Pattern #: 50144-C
Rating: *****4.3 (based on 11 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

Varies according to size of towel.

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This classic dish towel hanger buttons over a drawer handle and it will always be just where you need it. Note: Image is of the knit kitchen towel top.

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*Lion Cotton (Article #760). 100% Cotton; package size: Solids: 5 oz./140g; 236yd/212m balls
Multi: 4 oz/113g; 189 yd/170m balls.

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Additional Materials
1 cotton kitchen towel
One skein embroidery floss in matching color
Embroidery needle
One 1" [25 mm] button

Tea Towel Topper

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton


Gauge is not important in this project and will vary, particularly in the first rows, depending on the width of the towel.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


dc2tog (dc decrease) Yo, insert hook into st and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop. Yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through all loops on hook.

Embroidered Chain Stitch

Thread embroidery needle with embroidery floss and make a small knot at the end. With the right side of the towel facing up, bring the needle up from underneath the towel to the top; make a small loop and hold it in place against fabric with thumb. Bring needle back down to underside, in same space where it came up. *Bring needle up inside loop just made, toward the top, and make a new loop which will lay outside the stitch made, by bringing needle back down in space where it came up. Repeat from * for required number of chains. End by bringing needle up inside loop and then bringing it down outside the loop to anchor final stitch.


Unfold towel and lay flat – do not press open. Measure and cut a length of embroidery floss 3 times the width of the towel. Thread embroidery needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss (most embroidery floss has 6 strands, so you will need to split off what you need) and, working along center width fold line, make 64 Embroidered Chain Stitches, evenly spaced. Fasten off embroidery floss and secure ends.

Row 1

With right side facing, join yarn in first Embroidered Chain st, ch 1, sc in each Embroidered Chain st across; turn – 64 sc.

Row 2

Ch 3, dc in each sc across; turn.

Row 3

Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in next dc, *dc2tog in next 2 sts; repeat from * across – 32 dc.

Row 4

Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in next dc, *dc2tog in next 2 sts; repeat from * across – 16 dc.

Row 5

Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in next dc, *dc2tog in next 2 sts; repeat from * across – 8 dc.

Row 6

Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in next dc, *dc2tog in next 2 sts; repeat from * across – 4 dc.

Rows 7-11

Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc across; turn.

Row 12

Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in next dc, dc2tog in next 2 sts – 2 sts. Fasten off.

Sew button to center of Row 4. The buttonhole is the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc in Row 10.

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ch(s) = chain(s) dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.3 (based on 11 reviews)
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Tea Towel Topper Reviewed by Lisa Hayes on 2012-04-29 *****
This looks like what I've been wanting. I have tea towels that are already cut in half, and have been trying to make up my own pattern. This is the one I will use from now on and even take out what I have already done and use this. When I finish the ones I am making, I will upload the finished product. Thanks for the information you have listed for this pattern.

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