Free Pattern for an Easy Crochet Dish Towel.

Easy Crochet Kitchen Towel

The Easy Crochet Kitchen Towel is perfect for beginners! This pattern combines Dishie yarn, simple stitches, and colorful stripes to make a fast and easy handmade dish towel for your kitchen. And you can switch up the colors to match whatever style you choose!

Easy Crochet Kitchen Towel

Read on to find out more about my design for this easy kitchen towel or scroll on down to get the free pattern!

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The Design

The design for the Easy Crochet Kitchen Towel was inspired by a similar design of mine, the Modern Farmhouse Dish Towel. Both designs use the moss stitch, which I think produces the perfect tight, yet flexible fabric that is ideal for a dish towel. This stitch is also a great way to add easy, but interesting stripes to your work. There’s even a nifty little trick you can do with the moss stitch to make weaving in all those color change ends MUCH easier (see my Striped Pom Pom Scarf pattern for an example!). That’s a win/win/win in my book!

Close up of stripe pattern for crochet dish towel.

The Yarn

I’ve been on a dish towel making kick lately and a big part of the reason for that is my current OBSESSION with Dishie cotton yarn! I first worked with Dishie yarn (by WeCrochet) on my Modern Farmhouse Dish Towel and I loved it so much, I knew I had to use it again for this design. Dishie is soft, absorbent, affordable, AND it comes in over 30 colors! Loooove it!

I wanted this towel to be extra absorbent, so the entire project is made holding two strands of yarn together throughout. This also means the pattern works up super fast! I finished mine while binge-watching Schitt’s Creek and it took less than half a season (a.k.a. a few hours :-p).

Simple Crochet Hand towel using Dishie yarn.

If you’re newer to crochet, this kitchen towel is a great skill building project! If you’re a seasoned pro, it’s an easy weekend project to spruce up your kitchen or give as a thoughtful handmade bridal shower gift. (I’m picturing a couple of these easy crochet kitchen towels in a gift basket with some nice utensils and your favorite cook book….). Whatever your plans for this beauty, I hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun making!

You can also get a printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy or Ravelry!

Easy Crochet Kitchen Towel Pattern

SKILL LEVEL

Easy – This pattern is beginner-friendly, but does require some knowledge of basic stitches and pattern reading. 

MATERIALS

  • Approximately 580 yards (300g) of worsted weight cotton yarn in 3 colors. I used WeCrochet’s Dishie yarn – 3 skeins in Swan (Color A), 1 skein in Douglas Fir (Color B), and 1 skein in Navy (Color C).
  • Size I (5.5 mm) hook 
  • Scissors, yarn needle

DIMENSIONS

Finished towel measures 22.5” x 13.5”

GAUGE

8 sc (7 chs) and 14 rows in 4” square using moss stitch.

NOTES

  • This pattern is worked holding two strands of yarn together throughout.
  • Pattern uses the moss stitch: a repeat of *sc, sk 1, ch 1*.
  • Pattern written in US terms.
  • The ch 2 at the beginning of each row counts as a sc and a chain.
  • Abbreviations
    • ch = chain
    • sc = single crochet
    • sk = skip
    • sl = slip stitch
    • st = stitch

PATTERN

*Holding two strands of yarn together throughout*

Using two strands of yarn from the same skein.
Tip: to use two strands of yarn at the same time, pull one end from the center of a skein and the other from the outside.

Ch 56 with main color (Color A) or any even number if you wish to adjust the WIDTH of your towel.

Chain 56

Row 1:  Row 1: Sc in 4th ch from hook. [Ch 1, sk 1 chain, sc in the next chain]. 

Tip: Sc in the back bump of the chain to get a more finished looking edge.

Crochet into the back bump of the chain.
Crochet into the back bump of the chain.

Repeat inside [ ] to the end of the chain. The last stitch should be a sc in the last chain. <28sc, 27chs >

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Sc in the first ch-1 space from the previous row, [ch 1, sk over the next sc, sc in next ch-1 space]. Repeat inside [ ] to the end of the row. The last sc should be worked into the space between the turning ch 2 and the sc from the previous row. <28sc, 27chs>

Make first single crochet in the first ch-1 space.
Make first single crochet in the first ch-1 space.

Row 3 – 7: Repeat Row 2 with main color (A). At the end of Row 7, begin the final sc with color A, but stop with two loops remaining on the hook. Pull through with color B. Cut color A, leaving about a 6” tail.

Pull through with color B to change colors.
Pull through with color B to change colors.

Tip for weaving in ends: Wrap the tails of A and B around to the back of your work so that they lay on top of the row you are about to crochet into. Crochet over the tails when working this row. Then, for the NEXT row, when you reach the crocheted-over tails from the color change, insert your hook under the tails to work each SC. This creates a zig-zag path for the tails and should keep them nice and secure without having to weave them in later!

Tip for crocheting over ends.
See Tip for crocheting over color change ends.

Rows 8 – 10: Repeat Row 2 with color B. Switch to color C at the end of Row 10.

Rows 11 – 12: Repeat Row 2 with color C. Switch to color B at the end of Row 12.

Rows 13 – 15: Repeat Row 2 with color B. Switch to color A at the end of Row 15.

Rows 16 – 61: Repeat Row 2 with color A (Adjust LENGTH of towel by working a different number of rows here). Change to color B at the end of Row 61.

Rows 62 – 64: Repeat Row 2 with color B. Switch to color C at the end of Row 64.

Rows 65 – 66: Repeat Row 2 with color C. Switch to color B at the end of Row 66.

Rows 67 – 69: Repeat Row 2 with color B. Switch to color A at the end of Row 69.

Rows 70- 76: Repeat Row 2 with color A.

Fasten off and weave in any ends. You’re done!

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Happy Making!

2 Comments

  • Susan

    Thank you for the wonderful towel pattern. I ordered some of the Dishie yarn after seeing your comments/post. I am going to make some water bottle holders for my niece and great niece.