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Bell Towel Topper Pattern

A chance to practice your knot stitches ...


1999 Sandi Marshall
In this bell-shaped towel topper, I've combined the airy knot stitch with a combination of solid stitches. The contrasting color of the backing shows off the knot stitches.

A how-to for doing the knot stitch, with step-by-step photos, is found at crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa122698.htm

Bell with Knot Stitches Towel Topper Pattern
Designed by Sandi Marshall 2/1999

Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn
2 oz. main color
2 oz. contrasting color
Size G crochet hook
Kitchen towel

Guage: 4 stitches = 1 inch, 4 rows = 1 inch

Finished size (not counting towel): 10 1/2" in length (with hanger folded down and buttoned), 7 1/2" in width at widest point

Abbreviations:
ch .....chain
dec....decrease
dc.....double crochet
ea.....each
sc......single crochet
st, sts.......stitch; stitches
tog.....together

Directions
Note: The number of chains to make for the turning chain is given at the beginning of each row.
Front Piece
Starting chain: With Main Color, chain 30.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (29 sc)
Rows 2, 3: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in ea sc across to last 2 sc, sc last 2 sc tog for dec.
Row 4: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in ea sc across. (24 sc)
Row 5: ch 1, sc in ea sc across.
Row 6: ch 1, Working in back loops only for this row, sc in ea sc across. (24 sc)
Row 7: ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 8 sc, work a knot stitch with a loop about 1/2" long, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, work a knot stitch, dc in last 9 sc.
Row 8: ch 1, sc in first 9 dc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, sc in last 9 dc.


© 1999 Sandi Marshall
This is how the stitches look at the center of rows 7 and 8.

Row 9: ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in next 2 sc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, dc in last 3 sc.
Row 10: ch 1, sc in first 3 dc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, sc in next 6 dc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, sc in last 3 dc.
Row 11: ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip ch 2, sc in next 2 dc, work knot stitch, skip ch 2, dc in next sc, work knot stitch, skip next sc, sc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip next sc, dc in next sc, work knot stitch, skip ch 2, sc in next 2 dc, work knot stitch, skip ch 2, dc in last 3 sc.
Row 12: ch 1, sc in first 3 dc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, sc in last 3 dc.
Row 13: ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in chain 2 space, sc in next 2 dc, 2 sc in ch 2 space, sc in next sc, sc in ch 2 space, sc in next 2 dc, sc in ch 2 space, sc in next sc, 2 sc in ch 2 space, sc in next 2 dc, 2 sc in ch 2 space, sc in last 3 sc.
Row 14: ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, dc in next 6 sc, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip next 2 sc, dc in last 3 sc.
Row 15: Repeat row 10.
Row 16: ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc next 2 stitches tog for dec, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, work knot stitch, skip 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, work knot stitch, skip 2 sc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, 2 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in next sc, dc last two stitches tog for dec.
Row 17: ch 1, sc first 2 dc tog for dec, sc in next 6 dc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, skip knot stitch, sc in next 6 dc, sc last 2 dc tog for dec.
Row 18: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in chain 2 space, sc in next 2 dc, 2 sc in ch 2 space, sc in next 5 sc, sc last 2 sc tog for dec.
Rows 19 - 24: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in ea sc across to last two stitches, sc last 2 sc tog for dec. (6 sc remain at end of row 24)
Rows 25 - 43: ch 1, sc in ea sc across. (6 sc)
Row 44: (Buttonhole row) ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc.
Row 45: ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in ch 2 space, sc in last 2 sc.
Row 46: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc in next 2 sc, sc last 2 sc tog for dec. (4 sc)
Row 47: ch 1, sc first 2 sc tog for dec, sc last 2 sc tog for dec. (2 sc)
End off.

Back Piece

Row 1: With Contrasting Color yarn, attach to the remaining loop of end stitch of row 6 of back of front piece; sc in ea remaining loop across row. (24 sc)
Row 2: ch 2, Working in front loops only for this row dc in ea sc across.
Row 3: ch 1, sc in ea dc across. (24 sc)
Rows 4 - 7: Repeat rows 2 (working in both loops) and 3 consecutively.
Row 8: ch 2, dc in ea sc across. (24 dc)
Row 9: ch 1, sc first 2 stitches tog for dec, sc in ea stitch across to last 2 stitches, sc last 2 stitches tog for dec.
Row 10: ch 2, dc first 2 sc tog for dec, dc in ea sc across to last 2 stitches, dc last 2 sc tog for dec. (20 dc)
Rows 11 - 17: Repeat row 9. (6 sc remain at end of row 17)
Row 18: sc in ea sc across. (6 sc)
End off.

Back Flap

Row 1: With Main Color yarn, attach to the remaining loop of end stitch of row 2 of back piece; sc in ea remaining loop across row. (24 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in ea sc across. (25 sc)
Rows 3, 4: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in ea sc across until 2 sc remain, 2 sc in last sc.
Row 5: ch 1, sc in ea sc across. (29 sc)
End off.

Edging Attach contrasting color yarn at end of row 6 of front piece. Working through both thicknesses of front and back piece (to join the pieces), sc in end of each row to row 23, then sc in end of each row around the hanger (rows 25 - 47), back down the other side of the hanger; at row 23 begin to work through both thicknesses again to join front and back pieces, working a sc in end of each row, stopping at row 6. Slip stitch in end of row 6. End off.

Sew top of row 18 of back piece to back loops of corresponding row of front piece.

Sew a button on at about row 26, centered, to correspond with the buttonhole in the hanger.

Full towel or half towel:
Some people like the thickness of the full towel used in a topper. To do this, without cutting it, fold the kitchen towel in half and sew the full towel into the topper, as per the directions below.

Preparing half towel:
Cut towel in half.
Using hand or machine sewing, make a gathering stitch about 1/4 inch from unfinished edge of towel. Gather top of towel to fit within the bottom flaps of the towel topper. Gathering stitches should be hidden between the two bottom flaps. Pin in place and sew together. The easiest method is to sew the back flap down first, by hand or machine; then sew the front flap. This way you can position the front flap to cover any stitches that might be showing from sewing the back flap in place.

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