Real Life Kitchen Towel & Potholder

Everyday kitchen towels and potholders. Not the most beautiful, but very practical!

This towel and potholder combo would be a nice Christmas or hostess gift.

My main problem with crocheted towels has been to find a pattern that is truly functional.  Most towels I’ve made are bulky and this makes it hard to dry in tight areas, like inside a glass, and they take forever to dry out.  This towel has a loose weave which reduces bulk, plus it drys fast.  Its an easy pattern which works up fast and would be a good beginner project.  I can make one in about the time it takes to watch a movie.

The potholder is very simple and useful.  There are plenty of really cute patterns out there but again, this is my everyday potholder.  Its thick enough to use when taking a hot casserole out of the oven and large enough to protect the entire hand.

Real Life Kitchen Towel

Finished Size:  Approx: 13″ x 22″

Materials:

Main Color (MC) : Two 4 oz skeins worsted weight, 100% cotton such as Sugar ‘n Cream.

Contrast Color (CC):  One 4 oz skein worsted weight, 100% cotton such as Sugar ‘n Cream.

Size J/10-6.00 mm crochet hook

Tapestry needle

Gauge:

16 sts = 4 inches; 16 rows = 4 inches

Instructions:

Ch 45

Row 1: With MC Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 3:  Ch 2, turn, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc. across.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, sc in 1st ch 1 sp, *ch 1, ch 1 in next ch 1 sp.**  Repeat from * to ** across row.  Skip last sc sp.  sc in last sc.  (This will ensure a straight side edge). Fasten off.

Rows 5 & 6:  With CC: Repeat Row 4.  Fasten off.

Rows 7 & 8:  With MC: Repeat Row 4.  Fasten off.

Rows 9 & 10:  With CC: Repeat Row 4.  Fasten off.

Row 11: With MC: Repeat Row 4.

Repeat Row 11 until towel measures 19″.  Fasten off.

Repeat Rows 5-10.

Last 4 Rows:  With MC: Repeat Row 4.  Fasten off.

Finishing:

With tapestry needle weave in loose ends.

 

Real Life Potholder

Finished Size: Approx: 8″ across

Materials:

Two 4 oz skeins worsted weight, 100% cotton such as Sugar ‘n Cream.

Size J/10-6.00 mm crochet hook

Tapestry needle

Gauge:

6 sts = 2 inches; 6 rows = 2 inches

Instructions:

CARRY 2 STRANDS THROUGHOUT.  Rnd 1: Ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 2: 8 sc in ring. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1.  Sc in back loop of 1st sc,  Place marker in 1st sc.  (Move this to 1st st at beginning of each row).  sc in front loop of 1st sc. *Sc in back loop of next sc, then sc in front loop of same sc**. Repeat  * to ** around. Sl st in first sc. (16 st).

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in back loop of next sc, then sc in front loop of same sc (increase)  *sc in next sc, sc in back loop of next sc, then sc in front loop of same sc (increase)** .  Repeat * to ** around. Sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, sc in back loop of next sc, then sc in front loop of same sc (increase), *sc in next 2 sc, sc in back loop of next sc, then sc in front loop of same sc(increase)**.  Repeat * to ** around.  Slip st in 1st sc.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, sc in back loop of next sc, then sc in front loop of same sc,(increase) *sc in next 3 sc, sc in back loop of next sc, then sc in front loop of same sc (increase)**.  Repeat * to ** around.  Slip st in 1st sc.

Rnd 7 – 11.  Repeat Rnd 6 but add an additional stitch between each increase until there are 8 sc between each increase. After last sl st ch 8 and slip stitch to 1st ch of ch 8 to make loop for hanging.  Finish off.

The potholder is a hexagon. This pic shows the ridge created with each increase. By keeping an eye on the ridge you can ensure that you are increasing in the correct spot on each row.

Finishing:  Weave in ends with tapestry needle.

Hope this is a helpful pattern.  Hook On Friends!