My favorite dish cloths are the ones that button around a handle. I wanted to design a simple crocheted one.
My mom has a double oven and I wanted a hanging towel that was a little shorter and squatty (love that word “squatty”) so it wouldn’t hang over the bottom oven.
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Materials and Details
- Yarn: Worsted weight cotton yarn
- Crochet Hook: H
- Miscellaneous: yarn needle, ¾” button
- Gauge: not important for this project
- Measurement: 13” x 8” (unbuttoned)
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- sk – skip
- st – stitch
- With H hook and cotton yarn, loosely ch 43, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (42sts)
- Ch 2, turn, dc in each st to end of row.
- Ch 2, turn, dc in same st, 2dc in next st, sk 2, 2dc in next st, repeat until 1 st remains, 2dc in last st. (11 clusters with 4 dc)
Tip: Make sure you are working the repeated section correctly. There is NOT a “sk 2” between every “2dc”. It should be “2dc, sk 2, 2dc, 2dc, sk 2, 2dc, 2dc, sk 2…” And so on.
4. Ch 2, turn, dc in same st, 4dc in each space (between clusters from previous row), 2dc in last st.
5. Ch 2, turn, dc in same st, 2dc in first space (between clusters from previous row), 4 dc in each space until one space remains, 2dc in last space, 2dc in last st. (11 full clusters)
6-21. Repeat steps 4-5. There should be a total of 19 cluster rows. (44sts)
22. Ch 1, turn, sc, sc2tog, sc in space, repeat until last space, sc, sc2tog. (32sts)
23. Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 6, repeat to end of row. (28sts)
24. Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 5, repeat to end of row. (24sts)
25. Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 4, repeat to end of row. (20sts)
26. Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 3, repeat to end of row. (16sts)
27. Change yarn color if desired. Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st to end of row.
28. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 6, repeat once. (14sts)
29. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 5, repeat once. (12sts)
30. Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st to end of row.
31. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 4, repeat once. (10sts)
32. Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st to end of row.
33. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 3, repeat to end of row. (8sts)
34. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 2, repeat to end of row. (6sts)
35-40. Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st to end of row.
41. Ch 1, turn, sc 2, ch 3, sk 2, sc 2.
42. Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 2 in space, sc2tog. Finish off and weave in end.
Button: with a yarn needle and matching yarn, sew the button to the top of the cloth before the skinny section begins.
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