For a decorative, functional way to hold your kitchen or bathroom towels, crochet a towel-holder ring. One type of pattern uses an actual steel ring around which you crochet. If you don't have a ring, this pattern works as well and only requires cotton yarn, a button and a crochet hook.
Things You'll Need
- Cotton yarn, two small balls or skeins
- Crochet hook size H (5.0 mm)
- Needle and thread
Create the ring. Holding two strands of yarn together, wrap the yarn around your middle finger twice, keeping the loops loose; leave a tail of a few inches. Put the crochet hook through the loops, yarn over (YO) and pull a loop back through. Chain 2. This begins your ring and creates your first stitch, using the magic adjustable ring technique (see Resources).
Work 30 half double crochet (HDC) around the loop. Join with a slip stitch (SS) to the first stitch. Pull the tail of the loops to close up the circle; don't pull so tightly that the stitches become bunched up. This type of loop prevents the stretching that regular crochet rings can experience when the towel's weight is hung on it.
Create the tabbed top of the towel holder. Chain 2 (this counts as your first HDC). Work 12 HDC in both loops of the HDC from round one (13 total HDC). Chain 2, turn.
Work 13 HDC in both loops of the HDC from the prior row. Chain 2, turn. Repeat from to for 9 more rows.
Cut the yarn and fasten off. Weave in the loose ends.
Sew a small button in the middle of your first row of HDC (the row closest to the ring). Fold the tab over and try to insert the button between the middle of the last row of HDC you made. Wiggle the button around until you can squeeze it between stitches. If it won't fit, use a smaller button. Your towel holder ring is complete.
Tips & Warnings
- Modify the pattern if you are experienced at crochet by working crossed HDC (see Resources) instead of regular HDC for the tab.
- Make several towel holder tings in different colors and give them as gifts. Include a decorative towel that matches the button.
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