This easy free crochet hand towel pattern makes a beautiful towel that is not only useful but is a fun gift to give anyone who appreciates handmade artisanship.
Giving handmade crochet dishcloths as housewarming gifts is a great way to show your handcrafted love. But, when you make a matching crochet hand towel you can up the gift wow factor from “Ooh” to “Aahhh!”
Just like the matching Creek Pebbles Dishcloth pattern, a hand towel is a perfect pattern to use for experimenting with different styles of cotton yarn. The hand towel pictured in this post is made from cotton tape yarn. Although it might not be the usual choice for most crochet projects, I’m so happy with the results.
This pattern calls for worsted weight cotton yarn. I use cotton and/or linen yarn for absorption for any type of cleaning cloth. And, if I want to have cloths and towels made to correct size it is necessary to follow the recommended yarn weight in a pattern.
But, if you are willing to experiment a little, let your inner artist shine! Don’t be afraid to try different cotton yarn styles — organic, minimally processed, or “bumpy,” smooth, tape or ribbon cotton. Seasonal and holiday themes certainly call for more experiments with yarns in a rainbow of colors. Check out the River’s Edge Dishcloth set to see more of my cotton yarn experiments.
Have fun experimenting!
The free pattern is provided below including the size, materials, and notes. An ad-free PDF version of the Creek Pebbles Crochet Hand Towel Pattern is also available for you to purchase, download, and print out.
Pattern information below!
What You Need To Make This Easy Free Crochet Hand Towel Pattern
14 x 19 inches (35.5 x 48 cm)
- Approximately 450 yards cotton worsted weight yarn (Worsted Weight Cotton Tape Yarn used for photos)
- Crochet hook: Size H/8 (5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
- Tapestry needle
In alternating double crochet and slip stitch, 18 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
Skill Level: Easy
- Please take time to create a gauge sample before beginning work.
- Cotton yarn is recommended for this pattern for best water absorption.
- Woven texture organic cotton yarn used for dishcloths in pictures.
- The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
Slip Stitch in Back Bar (Bottom Loop) of Foundation Chain:
Turn your foundation chain over and crochet in the row of single “bumps” or loops created on the bottom when you made the chain.
Altered Bean Stitch / Puff Stitch:
Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull through, *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull through, repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over, pull through 8 loops on hook, chain 1 (to lock stitch). Skip 1 stitch immediately following bean stitch. This will equal two stitches in pattern.
How to Make This Easy Free Crochet Hand Towel Pattern
Working in bottom loop of foundation chain (see Special Stitches section for instructions), slip stitch in second chain from hook and each stitch of foundation chain to end of row, turn. (54 stitches total)
Chain 1, half double crochet in first stitch, Altered Bean Stitch (see Special Stitches section for instructions) across row, half double crochet in last stitch of row (26 Altered Bean Stitches total), turn.
Chain 1, slip stitch in first three stitches, double crochet in fourth stitch of row below, slip stitch in fifth stitch, continue to alternate double crochet and slip stitch across row, slip stitch in last 3 stitches of row, turn.
Chain 1, half double crochet in first stitch of row, 1 Altered Bean Stitch, alternate double crochet and slip stitch across row, 1 Altered Bean Stitch in third stitch from end of row, half double crochet in last stitch of row, turn.
Rows 5 – 73:
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for specified number of rows (ending on pattern for Row 3 of repeat), turn.
Chain 1, half double crochet in first stitch, Altered Bean Stitch across row, half double crochet in last stitch of row (26 Altered Bean Stitches total), turn.
Chain 1, slip stitch in front loop of each stitch to end of row.
Weave in loose ends.
Lightly block to shape if desired.
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