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Pointed Handle Towel Topper

Posted on January 15, 2012

Here is my latest towel topper crocheted pattern. It is a double layer towel that is folded over and requires no cutting or sewing. The towel topper is simply added by working a base row along the top edge of the towel using a small steel crochet hook. I have a picture tutorial here that shows in more detail how I fold, pin, and crochet the first base row through both layers of the folded towel.

Here is another one I did using a printed novelty towel.

Pointed Handle Towel Topper Pattern

Materials needed:
1- Kitchen towel or decorative towel (15 inches wide x 24 inches long used)
1- oz. Sport weight mercerized Cotton
1- 3/4 inch button

#7 Steel hook
G (4-4.25 mm) hook

This towel topper uses the double layered fold and pin method. See my picture tutorial on how to prepare the top of towel to begin Sc stitching along top edge if you are not familiar with this no-sewing or cutting method. All crochet terms are US as shown in this pattern.

Row 1
Fold the towel exactly in half and using the steel crochet hook to poke holes, Sc evenly along the top edge of towel. (You will be Sc’g through both layers of the towel along the top edge.) I had 60 Sc along the top of the edge but it will vary depending on your stitch placement and yarn weight used. Just try and have an even number of stitches along the top. Otherwise it doesn’t matter how many stitches you have along the top of the towel.

Row 2
Using the G crochet hook, Ch 2, turn. Dc in each st.

Row 3
Ch 4, turn. Tr in every other st.

Row 4
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each st.

Row 5
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in every other st.

Row 6-7
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each st.

Row 8
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in every other st.

Row 9
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each st.

Handle Rows:
Ch 2, turn and Hdc in ea st. (10 sts counting Ch 2 turning chain as a st) until you have a 6 inch long handle. (Tip: Adjust your st count as needed so you are working even on 10 sts. Sometimes I have to skip a st or work a decrease as needed to get my st count to 10 at this point depending on how many beginning sts I had to start the towel topper. Just adjust your sts are needed.)

Next Row:
With W/S facing, Ch 2, turn and Hdc in each of the next 3 sts, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, Hdc in the last 4 sts.

Next Row:
Ch 1, Sc in next 4 sts, work 3 Hdc in Ch 2 space buttonhole, then Sc in last 4 sts.

Next Row:
Ch 1, Sc in next 5 sts, work 3 Hdc in the center st at buttonhole center st, then Sc in each of the remaining sts.

Next Row:
Ch 1, Sc in ea st up to center st, work 3 Hdc in center st, then Sc in ea remaining st of row.
Repeat last row once and finish off. (Tip: You want to end with R/S facing for the last row. If for some reason, your last row is on the W/S, just crochet one more row using a Sl St in each st for a smooth finished edging.)

Fold handle over and sew button in place.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
R/S – Right Side
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St – Stitch
Tr – Triple Crochet
W/S – Wrong Side

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15 Responses to “Pointed Handle Towel Topper”

  1. Clara
    Jan 17, 2012

    You always give the most thorough instructions. Love the blue/green color.

  2. Suzie
    Mar 03, 2012

    My mom & I love this pattern so easy & so cute!!! <3 Thank you so much for posting it. 🙂

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  4. Jennifer
    Jul 27, 2014

    Thank you for posting this! Towel toppers were the main reason I wanted to learn to crochet. My grandmother had a set and it was so convent to have a towel by her sink to dry her hands on the kitchen. I have looked for 20 years for one for my home to no avail. So I learned how to crochet to make my own. Thank you now I can make one.

  5. Louanne
    Sep 04, 2017

    Fantastic site. A lot of useful information here. I’m
    sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thank you to your sweat!

  6. Jo Baird
    Mar 11, 2018

    These were THE number 1 seller at a Craft Fair I did back in November 2017! I just had a woman ask me to do some of these for her! Thanks!

  7. Cindy
    Mar 13, 2018

    @Jo – That is wonderful and so glad people are enjoying the pattern!

  8. Pat
    Jul 13, 2018

    ok, I know this is going to be a stupid question to the more experienced crocheters, but I was wondering when the instructions say to do a stitch in every other stitch does that mean you skip the first stitch or do you skip a stitch after doing the first sticth on the row?

  9. Cindy
    Jul 14, 2018

    @Pat – I skip the first stitch and then work in the next stitch. The thing is you want to stagger your stitches and make the topper smaller with this decrease row. Hope this helps and let me know if I can help further. No question is stupid. We all are here to learn and share.

  10. Gisele LeBlanc
    Oct 27, 2018

    How many holes do you poke using the steel crochet to form the top edge of towel?

  11. Cindy
    Oct 29, 2018

    @Gisele – The number of stitches on the first row does not matter. Some towels are bigger or narrower so just do the holdes evenly across the top. It’s helpful if the number of stitches are an even number but that doesn’t matter really either. If it’s off just do one less or more as needed at the handle. It all works out either way. Best wishes on your towel topper.

  12. Mercedes Laughlin
    Jul 03, 2020

    Are you still active on this? Thank you for the pattern! I’ve used it many times for gifts. Sometimes I revise it a little… instead of skipping spaces.. I do a “2 tog” for whatever stitch is called for.

  13. Cindy
    Jul 03, 2020

    @Mercedes – Yes I am still active here on this blog. So glad you find this pattern useful and I love that you changed it up. Changing up patterns is always great and finding new ways to make it better for you is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing your idea about working 2 stitches together.

  14. Meg
    Sep 02, 2020

    I am also a novice with crocheting and would appreciate you advising me when you refer to treble is this USA, Australia U.K. I also get confused with G Hooks. Hope I am making sense and thank you so much for sharing your patterns with us. Bless! Meg.

  15. Cindy
    Oct 10, 2020

    Meg – All my terms are USA crochet terms. My G hook is either 4 mm or 4.25 mm crochet hook. Hope this helps and let me know if I can help further.


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