Give Thanks Towel Topper
By Mistie Bush
My daughter found these “Give Thanks” towels for our kitchen. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner I am adding these to the CAL. I laid aside my “Texas” themed one and will pick it up later. For this towel topper I am using Red Heart with Love yarn and a Boye H hook. For some this will be a new stitch, it is the Aunt Aggie’s Extended Mesh Stitch (EMS) from A G Handmades. The EMS is larger and taller and a more open stitch than the mesh stitch.
Yarn: Red Heart with Love 7 oz/198 g/370 yds/338 m color Mango 100 to 150 yds, 6 oz/41 g/230 yds/211 m color Autumn 50 to 75 yds
Hook: Boye H
One Kitchen Towel
Sharp Needle & Blunt Needle
Sewing thread (to match your towel)
Ch/chs = chain/chains
Dc = double crochet
Dec EMS = Decrease Extended Mesh Stitch
EMS = Extended Mesh Stitch
Hdc = half double crochet
Sc = single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Sp/sps = space/spaces
St/sts = stitch/stitches
Yo = yarn over
Decrease Extended Mesh Stitch (Dec EMS): Chain 3, yo, insert hook into space directly below ch3, pull yarn through, yo, insert hook into next sp, yo pull yarn through, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops, insert hook into next spy o pull yarn through, yo draw through 2 loops, yo pull through all 4 loops, ch 1
Reverse Single Crochet aka Crab Stitch
This stitch is worked from left to right (or opposite direction)
With right side of project facing you Chain 1, insert hook into next stitch to right, yarn over and pull through, (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops. Continue working * * until you have reached the end of project. Slip stitch into first chain 1 and fasten off, weave in ends.
Using the foundation Row 1 that was made in Part 1, start with Row 2 below.
EMS Cluster stitches are a repeat of row 3
With the pointed end of your crochet hook poke holes ¼ inch apart, just below your hem and inside the side hem on your towel. If your hook doesn’t work use closed pointed scissors being careful not to make the hole bigger than your hook. It is best to only make one or two holes as they close up fast.
Row 1: 2 sc in first hole, ch 1, * sc in next hole, ch 1 * repeat from * to * across to last hole and work 2 sc in last hole, ch 2 (counts as dc at beginning of next row) turn (30 sc, 27 ch 1 sps)
Row 2: Ch 2, yo, insert hook into stitch beside hook, pull yarn through, skip 1 chain, yo, insert hook into next st, pull yarn through, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through all remaining 4 loops, ch 1; * Yo, insert hook into same st as last loop, pull yarn through, yo, sk 1 st, pull yarn through next st, yo, pull through 2 then all 4 loops, ch1 *; Repeat from * to * to the last 2 sts. Yo, insert hook into same stitch as last loop, pull the yarn through, sk 1, yo, insert hook into next st, pull yarn through, yo, pull through 2 then all 4 loops; ch1; 1 dc into last st (the same st in which you ended the last mesh cluster). Turn. (28 EMS clusters)
Row 3: Chain 2, yo, insert hook into space directly below ch 2, pull yarn through, yo, insert hook into next sp, pull yarn through, yo, draw yarn through 2 then all 4 loops, ch 1; * yo, insert hook into same sp as last loop, pull yarn through, yo, insert hook into next sp, pull yarn through, yo, draw yarn through 2 then all 4 loops; ch 1 * ; repeat from * to * to end. 1 dc into top of ch 2, Turn (28 EMS Clusters)
Row 4: Work Dec EMS, EMS next 11 sps, Dec EMS, EMS next 11 sps, Dec EMS, ch 2 turn (22 EMS, 3 Dec EMS)
Row 5: Dec EMS, 5 EMS, Dec EMS, 5 EMS, Dec EMS, 5 EMS, Dec EMS, 1 EMS, ch 2 turn (16 EMS, 4 Dec EMS)
Row 6: Work 3 EMS, Dec EMS, 5 EMS, Dec EMS, 5 EMS, Dec EMS, 1 EMS, ch 2 turn (14 EMS, 3 Dec EMS)
Row 7: Work Dec EMS, 4 EMS, Dec EMS, 4 EMS, Dec EMS, 3 EMS, ch 2 turn (11 EMS, 3 Dec EMS)
Row 8: Work Dec EMS, 4 EMS, Dec EMS, 4 EMS, Dec EMS, ch 2 turn (8 EMS, 3 Dec EMS)
Row 9: Work Dec EMS, 3 EMS, Dec EMS, 3 EMS, ch 2 turn (6 EMS, 2 Dec EMS)
Row 10: EMS over 1st 2 sts, and across, ch 2 turn (8 EMS)
Row 11 – 14: Repeat Row 10 (8 EMS) 7 inches or until desired length to fold over to fasten
With towel facing you attach yarn on the left front side of work as you will be working in the reverse direction as normal.
Place 2 crab sts in first st of 1st row (in the towel part). Place 2 crab sts in each end of rows going up the side, 3 crab sts in corner st, crab st in each st across end, 3 crab sts in corner st, 2 crab sts in end of each row, 2 in last st of row one in the towel part.
Fasten off and Weave in Ends
Sew a 1 inch wooden button on the topper where it forms the handle or to make your button see below.
Leave 4 inch tail at beginning Ch 4 sl st together to form ring
Rnd 1: ch 1 (does not count) 10 hdc in ring, join with sl st to 1st hdc (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: ch 1 (does not count) 2 hdc in same st as ch, and each st around, join with sl st to 1st hdc Button made (20 hdc)
Fasten off leaving a 4 inch tail – weave tail on back side down to beginning ring on opposite side from beginning tail. Fold hanger over to where end meets ROW 14 (where the 9 sts begin). Place button on the inside 3 rows up and pull tails through to back of topper and tie in hard knot. Pull back to front and tie under button and cut off excess. Button the button between 2 hb-dc 2 rows up from trim.
Happy Hooking and Enjoy!
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