The Hugs & Kisses Crochet Towel is the 2nd one in the series of towels I have planned for the year (click here to see the first one). Not a fan of towels, simply leave off the top and make a decorative wall hanging! 😀
When each holiday rolls around it brings with it the desire to crochet something cheerful & festive to display in my home! Although I love to create designs that are functional (and this one is functional), I’m not sure I’ll be able to bring myself to actually use it for more than a decoration in my kitchen. I can hear my husband already, “You are hanging up another decorative towel and we’re not allowed to use it?” lol I’ve been doing this for years with little store bought hand towels so he’s used to the routine. ?
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- Yarn: 100% cotton yarn (the yarn picture in the photos is Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton) You’ll need 1 ball of the following colors: White (MC/140 yds), Rose (CA/80 yards), Magenta (CB/ 80 yards)
- Crochet Hooks: H/8/5.00mm; G/6/4.00mm (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching)
- Locking Stitch Marker
- Tapestry Needle
- Button (1) 1-¼″ diameter
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Abbreviations (U.S. Terms)
- ch: chain
- sc: single crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- dc: double crochet
- sl st: slip stitch
- sc2tog: single crochet decrease
- Alt-ch3(1): alternate chain 3(1) click here for photo tutorial
- st(s): stitch(es)
- yo: yarn over
- yds: yards
- SM: stitch marker
- MC: main color
- CA, CB: contrasting colors listed in materials list
- RS: right side
- Rep: repeat
- In Granny Stitch pattern: 13 sts x 7.75 rows = 3″
- One Size: 7-¾″ W x 17″ H (when hanging loop is folded over and secured with button)
- I tend to crochet on the tighter side, if you crochet more loosely, you may need to go down a hook size or two to meet gauge. However, this is a pattern for a hand towel and not a fancy sweater so gauge isn’t too terribly important. But would you be upset if you ended up with a bath towel instead of a hand towel? If so, better check that gauge. ?
- Beginning ch 3 are counted as a stitch and included in stitch count. Other beginning ch-1 or ch-2 are not included in stitch count, unless stated otherwise.
- First stitch of each row is worked into the same stitch as beginning chain, unless stated otherwise.
- Color Changes: Work all color changes on the final pull thru of the last stitch you’re working before the new color. Example: If the last st you’re working before a color change is a double crochet, begin your double crochet by inserting your hook where indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 2 loops, yo with the NEW color, pull thru remaining 2 loops to complete the stitch. Then continue on with your new color. *Click here for Change Photo Tutorial.
- This towel is worked from the white just below the bottom heart to the top of the towel. Then you will add the ric rac trim to finish it off.
- Alternate Ch-3 (alt-ch3): Complete last st of previous row, take loop off hook, insert hook into the space between the last dc and last 3 dc of previous row, put loop back on hook and pull thru space, turn, ch 3. *Click here for photo tutorial.
Hugs & Kisses Crochet Towel
Row 1 (RS): With MC & 5.00mm hook, ch 32, switch to 4.00mm hook, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (31 sts)
*Place a SM in the last st of Row 1 (before turning).
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc here & throughout), dc in same st, skip 2 sts, [3 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts] work from [ to ] 9 times, 2 dc in last st. Turn. (31 sts)
*Follow color chart below beginning w/ Row 3.
Row 3: Ch 3, 3 dc in next 10 sps, dc in top of ch 3. (32 sts)
Row 4 (WS): Alt-ch3, dc in same sp, 3 dc in next 9 sps, 2 dc in last sp. Turn. (31 sts)
Rows 5 – 23: Rep Rows 3 – 4, ending with a Row 3 rep.
Row 24: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to last dc & ch3, sc2tog in last dc & top of ch3. Turn. (31 sts)
Do not fasten off. Continue below to Towel Top.
Row 1 (CA): Continuing on from towel, sc in each st across. Turn. (31 sts)
Row 2 (CB): Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.
Row 3 (CA): Ch 1, [ sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts ] 7 times, sc in next st, sc2tog. Turn. (23 sts)
Row 4 (CB): Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (23 sts)
Rows 5 – 6 (MC): Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn.
Rows 7 – 14: Ch 1, skip 1st st, hdc in next st, hdc in each st across to last 2 sts, skip next st, hdc in last st. Turn. *Stitch count at the end of Row 14 should be (7 sts).
Rows 15 – 30: Ch 1, hdc in each st across. (7 sts)
Row 31: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch1, ch 5 (loosely to make it easier to work into them in the next row), skip next 5 sts (creating buttonhole), hdc in last st. Turn. (2 hdc + 5 chs)
Row 32: Ch 1, hdc in each st and ch across. Turn. (7 sts)
Rows 33 – 34: Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (7 sts)
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Continue below to Ric Rac Trim.
Ric Rac Trim
Row 1 (MC): With RS facing, join MC w/ a sc in st marked w/ SM from Row 1 of the towel, sc in each st across. Turn. (31 sts)
Row 2 (MC): Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), [ 2 dc in next st, skip next st ] 14 times, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st. Turn. (32 sts)
Row 3 (CB): Ch 3, [ 2 dc in sp of next 2-dc cluster from the previous row ] 15 times, dc in top of ch-3. Turn.
Row 4 (MC): Rep Row 3.
Row 5 (CA): Rep Row 3.
Row 6 (MC): Rep Row 3.
Row 7 (CB): Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (32 sts)
Row 8 (CA): Rep Row 7.
Row 9 (CB): Rep Row 7.
Row 10 (CA): Rep Row 7.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Continue below to Finishing.
With the right side of the towel facing you, center your button over Row 9. Using a needle and coordinating thread or yarn, sew on your button.
Hang up your Valentine's Day Towel & enjoy!
(and tell your hubby & kids it’s for decoration only ? ) lol
If you enjoy quick and easy crochet projects for Valentine's Day, take a peek at this crochet pattern round-up I put together: 37 Free Valentine's Crochet Patterns.
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