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From crochet.about.com - Christmas Tree Towel Topper, Kitchen Towel Hanger Pattern
Designed by Sandi Marshall on December 6, 1997

Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn
Contrast Color (CC): 1 oz. medium green or white (for base)
Main Color (MC): 2 oz. dark green for tree branches
Yellow, gold or silver star-shaped button
U.S. Size G crochet hook

Directions - Note: At end of each row, you will chain 1 to turn.
Base - With CC: ch 22.
Row 1: (sc in back loops only) sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (21 sc)
Row 2: (sc in front loops only) sc in ea sc across.
Row 3: (sc in back loops only) sc first 2 sc together for decrease, sc in ea sc across to last 2 sc, sc last 2 sc tog.
Row 4: (sc in front loops only) sc in ea sc across.
Rows 5 - 16: (repeat rows 3 and 4) 6 times.
Row 17: (sc in back loops only) sc in ea sc across.
Row 18 - 32: (sc in both loops) sc in ea sc across. (7 sc)
Row 33: (both loops) sc in first 2 sc, ch 3, skip next 3 sc (buttonhole), sc in last 2 sc.
Row 34: (both loops) sc in ea sc or ch across.
Row 35: sc in both loops of first 3 sc; in the next st,
sc in front loop only; sc in both loops of last 3 sc.
Row 36: sc first 2 sc tog; sc in back loops only of the
next 3 sc; sc last 2 sc tog. Change to MC yarn.
This next row forms one of the rows of tree branches when this top part is folded down.)
Row 37: (both loops) With Main Color yarn, ch 2, 3 dc in first sc, sc in next sc; ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next sc; ch 2, 3 dc in last sc. End off.
Weave in ends.

In the photo on the left, you can see how the branches that form the top part of the tree are crocheted into the last rows of the fold-over flap. (These branches are in place when flap is buttoned down.) Star button becomes the star at the tree's top.

Top row of tree branches: Attach MC yarn to single center stitch of row 35 (the stitch worked in one loop only). In this stitch: ch 1; (sc, 3 dc, sc) in this stitch. End off. Weave in ends.
2nd from the top row of tree branches: Attach MC yarn to 2nd stitch of row 36, (to work the 3 stitches that were crocheted in one loop only.) In these 3 stitches: ch1; (sc, 3 dc) in first sc; sc in next sc; (3 dc, sc) in last sc.
End off. Weave in ends.

For branches: Holding piece so the side with the rows of unworked loops is facing you, attach MC yarn at bottom edge of row 1. (You will be holding the piece upside down with row 1 facing up.)Work the stitches for the branches through one loop only, in the remaining loops on these rows.
Following are two alternate sets of directions for the branches, one for full branches and the other for branches that lay more flat to the tree. (The more flat branches are recommended if you plan to add a lot of decorations to your tree, because more of the branch shows, rather than mainly branch ends.)

YOUR CHOICE:

Branches (More Flat)
Branches Row 1: ch 2, 3 dc in first st, sc in next st; (4 dc in next st, sc in next st) repeat across to last st; 3 dc in last st, ch 4.
Branches Row 2: Turn. (Skipping next row of unworked loops), slip stitch in first unworked loop two rows up; ch 2, 2 dc in same st, sc in next st, (ch 2, 2 dc in next st, sc in next st) repeat across; at end of row, ch 4.
Branches Rows 3 - 8: Repeat row 2.

OR:

Branches (Full)
Branches Row 1: ch 2, 3 dc in first st, sc in next st; (4 dc in next st, sc in next st) repeat across to last st; 3 dc in last st, ch 3.
Branches Row 2: Turn. Slip stitch in first unworked loop of next row; ch 2, 2 dc in same st, sc in next st, (ch 2, 2 dc in next st, sc in next st) repeat across; at end of row, ch 3.
Branches Rows 3 - 17: Repeat row 2.

Bottom Flap for attaching to towel:
Note: At end of each row, you will chain 1 to turn.
With CC: ch 22.
These four rows are worked in both loops.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (21 sc)
Row 2: sc in ea sc across.
Row 3: sc first 2 sc together for decrease, sc in ea sc across to last 2 sc, sc last 2 sc tog.
Row 4: sc in ea sc across. End off, leaving a 9 inch end for sewing.
Sew top of row 4 of this flap to the back of row 4 of the towel topper.

Preparing towel: Cut a dish towel in half. Gather top edge of towel and position in between the two flaps at bottom of the towel topper, with the towel edges positioned about one inch in from outside edge of towel topper, on each side. Sew in place.
Adding button: Sew the star-shaped button in place, positioned behind the buttonhole. This becomes the star to top the tree. Another option would be an angel-shaped decorative button as your tree topper.

Optional Decorating: Have fun decorating your tree, if desired. Suggestions for decorating are at the 12/6/97 Crochet Feature. http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa120697.htm

Copyright: This is a copyrighted pattern. Please note:
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