FREE Crochet pattern
Every now and then, I have an idea that doesn’t go as planned. Blooming Hand Towel is a great example! I wanted a kitchen towel for Mother’s Day to go with a Best Potholder and a Trivet in Bloom. I love making matching sets for my mom and she loves getting them! When I sat down with my yarn to design a kitchen towel, I don’t know what happened but I started making flowers. Then THIS happened, and it was even better than any of the ideas I had thought of before. I love it when that happens 🙂 Blooming Hand Towel includes some lovely little join-as-you-go flowers that are a cinch to make, with a solid body that is both absorbent and beautiful. And with all of the colors of Coastal Cotton and Ocean Mist (speckles!!) available, you can make it to match any decor!
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A little info
Stitches: Ch, sl st, SC, DC, TC
Yarn: Approx. 210 yards of worsted weight cotton
Coastal Cotton and Coastal Cotton Ocean Mist work great!
Sizes: Approx. 23” long x 11” wide
Gauge: First two rounds of flower = 2” across from petal to petal
Blooming Hand Towel- let's get started!
First, we make three flowers and join them as we go.
Ch 4. Join to form loop.
1) 12 DC in loop. Join. = 12 DC (I always use a standing DC for my first, but if you want to use a ch 2 + DC, or a ch 3, you totally can. Personal preference here 🙂 )
2) Sl st into sp between first two DCs, 2 DC into each sp around. Join. = 24 DC
3) Sk first DC, (3 DC, TC, 3 DC) into next st, sk 1 st, sl st into next st. This is petal #1. Now *sk next st, (3 DC, TC, 3DC) into next st, sk 1 st, sl st into next st; rep from * around to make petals #2-6. Join with a sl st into st we started in. Cut yarn. Weave in ends. = 6 petals
Great! Your first flower is finished! Now we’re going to make a second, and then a third, and join them as we go. Ready?
Work rounds 1 and 2 just the same as the first flower.
3) *Sk first DC, (3 DC, TC) into next st, join with sl st into TC of petal #1 on first flower by holding the flowers wrong sides together and inserting the hook from back to front, 3 DC into that same stitch, sk 1 st, sl st into next st. This is petal #1. Rep from * once more for petal #2, joining in petal #2 of first flower. **Sk next st, (3 DC, TC, 3 DC) into next st, sk next st, sl st into next st. This is petal #3. Rep from ** for petals #4-6. Join with sl st into st we started in. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.
Excellent! We’re nearly there. Now for the final flower.
Repeat second flower, but make sure to use petals #4 and #5 of second flower for joining, instead of #1 and #2.
Now you should have a nice little row of flowers connected to each other, just like this:
Now to add the towel
Lay your row of flowers in front of you, right side up. Assuming you are right-handed, as this pattern is written right-handed, locate the two petals alllllll the way to the right. See that top one, the one pointing at about two o’clock? Now find the TC in that petal. That’s where we’re going to join our towel yarn. I like to use a different color for the towel, but if you want to use the same as your flowers, I’m not gonna try to talk you out of it. Life is short, do what makes you happy <3
Now join your towel yarn with a sl st into that TC.
Ch 8, SC into the TC of the petal just to the left of our starting petal, ch 12, SC into the topmost petal of the next flower, ch 12, SC into the TC of the topmost petal on the final flower, ch 8, sl st into the TC of the petal just to the left of the previous petal.
Now our towel is ready to go! Here’s what you have so far:
You're doing great!
1) Sl st into the first 4 chs, SC into each of the next 4 chs, *SC into the next SC, SC into each of the next 12 chs* twice, SC into the next SC, SC into the next 4 chs leaving the last 4 chs unworked. Ch 1, turn. = 35 SC
2) DC in each st to end. Ch 1, turn. = 35 DC
3) SC in each st to end. Turn. = 35 SC
Repeat rows 2-3 (21) times. Cut yarn.
Now go back to the chs we made when we first started the towel. With right side facing, join with sl st into the very first ch on the very first petal (remember the 4 chs that we left unworked on row 1? That first ch is what we’re looking for, joined to the TC of the first petal.)
Ch 1, SC in each ch, up the side of the towel (I usually put one SC into each SC row and two SCs into each DC row) across the top, down the other side, and into each of the 4 sl sts there at the end. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.
You're a stitching rockstar!
Thanks so much for purchasing my Blooming Handtowel pattern! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do. Show us your towels! Share your finished towel on social media with the hashtag #RowsAndRosesBloomingHandtowel. Also, check out my Blooming Handtowel, Best Potholder, and Trivet for a great Mother’s Day gift set!
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