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Pattern Created by Sandi Marshall

This towel hanger is easy to crochet, using double crochet and v-stitches.

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Materials Used In The Example: About 1 oz. worsted weight yarn, US size H hook - In the example, I used Caron Simply Soft, color Autumn Red
One 3/4 inch button, one kitchen towel
Finished Size of Top - Before final edging is added: about 7 inches wide on lower edge x 8 1/2 inches long, when unfolded
Gauge: 2 dc rows = 1 inch, 8 dc = 2 inches. Gauge is not crucial for this project because the towel hanger doesn't have to be an exact finished size.
Abbreviations: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, ea = each, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch, sp = space, v-st = v-stitch

How to Decrease in Double Crochet: Yarn over hook, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over hook, pull loop through stitch, pull yarn through 2 loops, yarn over hook, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over hook, pull loop through stitch, pull yarn through 2 loops, yarn over hook, pull yarn through all three loops on hook (one decrease made).
How to Slip Stitch (sl st) = Insert hook in stitch, wrap yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time.
V-Stitch: In this pattern, a v-stitch is made by crocheting (dc, ch 1, dc) all in one same stitch.

Pattern Directions
Designed by Sandi Marshall, copyright 2007 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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Note: You will turn at the end of each row.
Methods For Attaching: This can be crocheted directly into a hemmed kitchen towel half by making 28 holes, evenly spaced, across the towel to crochet into (a steel crochet hook will work for making the holes) or the towel can be prepared with embroidery chain stitches as a method for attaching crochet or the top can be crocheted separately and then attached to the towel. If crocheting directly into the towel, make an sc in each of the 28 holes, then skip to Row 2 of the directions below. If you prepared a towel with embroidery chain stitches, make 28 sc in the embroidery chain stitches for the first row, then skip to Row 2 of the directions below. If making the top separately, begin with the starting chain directions below.
Starting Chain: chain 29.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (28 sc)
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next sc, * skip next sc, v-st in next sc, skip next sc, dc in ea of next 4 sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, skip next sc, v-st in next sc, skip next sc, dc in ea of last 2 sc.
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, * skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in next dc, dc decrease over next 2 dc, dc in next dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, then skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, * skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of next 3 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, then skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 5: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, * skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc decrease over next 2 dc, dc in next dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, then skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 6: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, * skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of next 2 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, then skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 7: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, * skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc decrease over next 2 dc, **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, then skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 8: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, * skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in next dc, **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, then skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 9: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, * skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in next dc, **, repeat the directions between * and ** twice more, then skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 10: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in next dc, skip next dc of v-st, dc in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), dc in ea of next 3 dc, dc in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in next dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 11: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of next 2 dc, dc decrease over next 2 dc, dc in ea of next 3 dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 12: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of next 2 dc, dc decrease over next 2 dc, dc in ea of next 2 dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Photo shows how the crocheted piece looks before the final edging is added. Photo copyright 2007 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Do not put these pattern photos on another web page; do not reproduce or reprint in any publication, electronic or otherwise.
Row 13: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in next dc, dc decrease over next 2 dc, dc in ea of next 2 dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 14: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of next 4 dc, skip next dc of v-st, v-st in ch-1 sp (in center of v-st), skip next dc of v-st, dc in ea of last 2 dc.
Row 15: Repeat row 14.
Row 16: Repeat row 14.
Row 17: ch 1, sc decrease over first 2 dc (see help link below pattern for sc decrease), sc in next dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in ea next 2 dc, ch 3 (for buttonhole), skip next 2 dc, sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next dc, sc decrease over last 2 dc.
Row 18: ch 1, sc decrease over first 2 sc, sc in next sc, sc decrease over next 2 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, sc decrease over next 2 sc, sc in next sc, sc decrease over last 2 sc.
Row 19: ch 1, sc decrease over first 2 sc, sc in next sc, sc decrease over next 2 sc, sc in ea of next 2 sc, sc decrease over last 2 sc. End off. Weave in ends.
Final Edging: (using the same color or a contrasting color) - With the right side of the piece facing you, attach yarn in edge of row 1 on right-hand side of the piece. (ch 3, sc around post of edge dc on next row) 15 times, ch 3, skip next sc row, sc in edge of next sc row, ch 3, skip next sc row, sc in next sc of row 17, (ch 3, skip next sc, sc in next sc) twice, ch 3, skip next sc, sc in edge of next sc row on the next side edge, (ch 3, sc around post of edge dc on next row) 15 times, ch 3, sl st in edge of row 1.
Button: Decide where you want the top to fold over in order to leave enough room for the handle, bar or whatever you want the top to button around, then sew the button on in the center of the row that corresponds with the position of the buttonhole.

Woven Ribbon: If desired, add ribbon woven through the v-stitches. In the example photos shown, I used a 1/8 inch satin ribbon. You can see on the photo the path for weaving the ribbon, starting in the center on the lower edge, leaving a length of ribbon at the beginning and at the end, so that the ribbon can be tied in a bow. This way the ribbon is not permenently attached and can be removed when washing the towel topper, if desired. I tied a knot in each end of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

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Embroidery Chain Stitch Used as a Method for Joining Crochet to a Kitchen Towel:
http://crochet.about.com/od/kitchenpatterns/ss/toweljoin.htm
How to Decrease in Single Crochet: http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_decrease.htm
How to Skip a Stitch: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa071804.htm
Photos Showing How To Crochet a Double Crochet V-Stitch: See http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_doll_blanket.htm (scroll down that page for step-by-step photos)

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