Adding a knitted top to a kitchen towel allows you to hang the towel over a drawer handle, keeping it in easy reach. The knitted topper adds a decorative touch to kitchen towels. Add a large plastic or wooden button to fasten the towel. Knit your towel topper out of washable cotton or cotton-blend yarn so you can easily launder your towel. Knitting a towel topper requires basic knitting and sewing skills.
Things You'll Need
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Size 8 knitting needles
- 140 gr. ball of cotton or cotton blend yarn
Fold your kitchen towel in half horizontally. Make a light pencil mark at either edge to mark the center point. Unfold the towel.
Cut a length of embroidery floss twice as long as the width of your kitchen towel. Choose floss in a color that closely matches your yarn color. Separate the floss into 3 strands and thread the three strands onto the embroidery needle.
Make a row of chain stitches across the center of the kitchen towel. To make a chain stitch, insert the needle on the backside of the material and pull it through to the front. Insert the needle back into the towel very close to the point you just exited. Pull the needle through to the back, but leave a small loop of floss on the front of the material. Bring the needle out again 1/4 inch from your previous stitches. Catch the loop of floss over the tip of your needle. Bring the needle down on the other side of the loop, securing the loop to the fabric. Repeat these steps to form a chain of loops across the fabric. Knot the thread at the end of the row and snip off excess floss.
Tie one end of your knitting yarn to the first chain stitch in your towel. Insert the tip of your knitting needle into the loop of the first chain stitch. Wrap the yarn around the needle and knit one stitch. Insert the tip of the needle into the next chain loop and wrap the yarn to knit a second stitch. Repeat this all the way across the towel until you have knit one stitch into each chain loop. Turn your work.
Knit 2, purl 2 across the row for Row 1. Purl 2, knit 2 across the row for Row 2. Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more.
Knit 2, purl 2, knit 2 together, purl 2. Repeat across row for Row 7. Purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches across the row for Row 8. Repeat Rows 7 and 8 three times.
Knit 2 together, purl 2 together across row for Row 15. Purl 1, knit 1 across row for Row 16. Knit 2 together across row for Row 17. Purl across the row for Row 18. Knit one row, purl one row for next 18 rows.
Count the remaining stitches on your needle. The number of stitches you have left will depend on the size of your towel. Divide this number in half and subtract 2. So if you have 10 stitches left, you will knit 3 stitches, then cast off 4 stitches. Knit the remaining 3 stitches. Purl the number of stitches you knit before. Cast on 4 stitches. Purl the remaining stitches. This forms your button hole.
Knit one row, purl one row for next 8 rows. Knit two together, knit to last two stitches, knit two together. Purl two together, purl to last two stitches, purl two together. Bind off remaining stitches. Cut off remaining yarn.
Measure 3 inches from the beginning of your knitting. Sew a button at this point, in the center of the knitting. Fold the top of the knitting over and push the button through the button hole.