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Tiny Towel crochet pattern​

 

You'd rather knit? No problem!

 

Handmade luxury for your guests, or for yourself! 

 

Skills:

This Tiny Towel is worked in treble stitches (US: double crochet). For this pattern you'll be working:

  • Chain stitches;
  • Treble stitches.

The tutorial of this pattern focuses on beginners. How to crochet these stitches is explained step by step. This project is very suitable to learn how to crochet.

Do you already know how to crochet? Then skip straight to the Quickstart Pattern!

 

Required materials: 

 

Size:

The Tiny Towel will measure aprrox. 23 x 30 cm (you can crochet it somewhat bigger with 1 ball of MoYa).

 

CONTENTS / go straight to:

About this project

I.   QUICKSTART PATTERN

II.  THE BASE CHAIN

III. LET'S GET STARTED

- Treble stitch

- Soldier on

IV. FINISHING

 

About this project

Handmade luxury for your guests, or for yourself! The organic cotton yarn is sturdy but soft to the touch. It is even machine washable on a delicate cycle. So you can really use this towel in everyday life.

An ideal project to learn how to crochet. 

 

Chapter I 

QUICKSTART PATTERN

If you already know how to crochet, you can start right away with this Quickstart pattern.

Please note: by treble stitch I mean the UK term. The US term would be double crochet. If you’re used to US terms, please read “double crochet” where I write treble.

  1. Crochet a base chain of 43 chain stitches.
  2. Use 3 chain stitches to turn the work around, so the first treble stitch goes into the 4th chain stitch. 
  3. Treble stitch all rows until your ball of MoYa is nearly done, or until you have reached the desired size. 

Size crocheted example: 23 x 30 cm.

  1. Weave in the loose ends with the wool needle. 
  2. Wash the Tiny Towel in a washing bag on a careful (wool) programme, on 30◦ C and low centrifuge, using a little cleaning vinegar and optional detergent. The hand dyed colours of MoYa may “bleed” a little during the first wash, so don’t put any other items in with it.
  3. Carefully stretch the moist cloth to get it nicely into shape. Dry flat, possibly on a towel. ​

 

Chapter II 

THE BASE CHAIN

A chain stitch is a simple loop. Chain stitches are used to make a start with crocheting, by quite literally making a chain of stitches. They are also used at the end of each row, to make a start for the next row.

Pleaste note! It’s important that you don’t crochet the chain too tightly. Better too loose than too tight! 

The first stitch is made the same way as with knitting:

  • Wind the yarn around two fingers and over the two fingers again to the back of the first thread, making a “cracknel” shape as shown in the image. You can also shape the yarn this way on the table in front of you.

haken eerste losse maken

 

  • Use the crochet hook to pull the back thread through the front one to form a loop:

haken eerste losse maken 2

 

  • Pull gently on the end to shape the first loop:

haken eerste losse maken 3

 

 

Hold the crochet hook in your right hand and take the yarn (on the ball end, not the loose end) in your left hand. 

  • Wrap the yarn over the hook in an anticlockwise direction Draw the yarn through to form a new loop. 

haken ketting van lossen 1

 

  • You have now made a new loop, or “chained one”. Don’t pull too tightly!

haken ketting van lossen 2

 

By repeating these steps, you make a chain of stiches. 

  • This way, crochet a chain of 43 chain stitches, including the loop on your hook.  (For this project, it doesn’t matter if you miss a chain or make one too many.)
  • You can count your chain stitches by counting the little “v”’s:

haken: lossen tellen

 

Now it’s time to start crocheting! ​

 

Chapter III 

LET'S GET STARTED

Some patterns require that you alternate a lot between all kinds of stitches. For this project, I have tried to keep it as simple as possible. 

It’s not always easy to learn something from paper, even when the writer (yours truly) has done her best to explain it as clearly as possible. Just have faith, you’ll soon have the feel of it. Before you know it, your fingers will make the movements quicker than your brain can follow! 

 

Treble stitch

The treble stitch (US term: double crochet) is used in lots of projects. You can even treble one or more stitches into one stitch, to create an undulating effect. The treble stitch is nice and supple and is therefore very suitable for scarves etc. 

  • Wrap the yarn anti-clockwise over hook and insert the hook into the stitch on top of which you want the treble. In this case, that is the 4th chain stitch:

treble - 1

Stick the hook underneath the little “v” shape

 

  • Wrap the yarn over the hook, draw through the chain and wrap the yarn again. Stretched out, it should look like this now: 

    stokje haken 2

     

  • Draw through the first 2 loops (most left on the image) only. Wrap the yarn again, anti-clockwise, around the hook: 

stokje haken 3

 

  • Draw through the last 2 loops on the hook. There is now only one loop left on the hook:

stokje haken 4

 

  • Crochet the next treble stitch into the chain stitch next to the previous treble, on the left side. 

stokje haken 5

 

Continue this way, crocheting treble stitches into all chain stitches, until you’re back at the start of the base chain. 

Congratulations! You have trebled one row!

Good to know: the first row is always difficult! 
It’s quite hard to crochet into the base chain. You may have to wriggle and squirm a bit to get the hook in. This may mean that you’ve chained too tightly, so you could try again and make the chains somewhat bigger. But even then, trebling into chains is not easy! And you also have to pay attention that you’re not twisting the chain round while crocheting… Breathe in, breathe out...
So if you’re already fed up with crochet after only just beginning: you’re right! The first row is a bother! 
But fear not, after the first row, things will get much easier! 

 

Soldier on

At the end of each row, you chain 3 stitches and turn the patch around. These three chain stitches sort of count as the first treble stitch. They give you space to continue onwards and upwards.

  1. Chain 3 and turn the patch around. You’re crocheting from right to left again.  

  2. Now you’ll continue to treble stitch, only onto previous treble stitches instead of the base chain. (Yay, this is much more comfortable!)

  3. Skip the very first loop directly next to the 3 chains. Treble your first stitch onto the stitch next to it: 

eerste lus overslaan

Skip the first loop.
Stick the hook underneath the “v” shape 

 

  • Treble 1 onto each following stitch.
  • This is where the last treble stitch of this row should be made: 

laatste stokje van de toer

 

Make sure not to miss the last loop that needs trebling. 

If you notice your patch getting smaller as you crochet along, this is probably because you skip each very last treble stitch.

If that’s the case: take a deep breath, pull out the lot and start over again. It’s all part of learning! 

 

Crocheting on

You have now learned all new things you need to crochet on.

At the end of each row, chain 3, turn the patch around, and treble on.

Crochet on until the patch measures approx. 30 cm, or until you’ve reached the desired size. 

 

Chapter IV 

FINISHING

Your very own home made washcloth is nearly finished. 

After the last stich, pull a bit on the loop which is still on your hook to make it a bit bigger and take out the hook. Pull the yarn through the loop and pull gently. 

If necessary, cut the loose ends at the start and finish of the cloth to approx. 10 cm. Weave in these loose ends with the wool needle. 

  • Weave the yarn in at the sides, following the shape of the stitches as much as possible. 

To get the cloth into shape, and to be able to really use it from now on, also do the following: ​

  • Wash the Tiny Towel in a washing bag on a careful (wool) programme, on 30◦ C and low centrifuge, using a little cleaning vinegar and optional detergent. The hand dyed colours of MoYa may “bleed” a little during the first wash, so don’t put any other items in with it.
  • Carefully stretch the moist cloth to get it nicely into shape. 
  • Dry flat, possibly on a towel. 

 

CONGRATULATIONS! Your Tiny Towel is finished and ready to use! 

 

Did you enjoy this? I sure hope you did! 

Working on this project, you have practiced important crocheting skills. The treble stitch is the building block of many projects.

I am very interested to hear your opinion regarding this project, the yarn and the tutorial. Your feedback helps us to improve.

Therefore I would very much appreciate it if you would share your experience in our online guestbook. Of course you can also share your thoughts via hallo @ yarnz . nl  

I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

Michèle Tewes.

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