Crochet towel toppers are a kitchen staple. Crochet a topper for your dish towels and you can hang them on your oven or refrigerator door, cabinets, or any other convenient place. Crochet towel toppers make great gifts for holidays and housewarming events. They show someone you care enough to add a personal, handmade touch to a useful gift.
Cut a dish towel in half widthways so you have two towels. Put one aside, and fold the cut edge down on the other and pin it in place, approximately 1/2 inch from the edge.
Thread a length of crochet cotton onto an embroidery needle and tie a knot. Use it to sew a blanket stitch on the folded, hemmed edge of the towel. To do this, bring a stitch up approximately 1/4 inch in from the top and right side of the towel, and pull tight. Insert a new stitch from top to bottom, 1/4 inch to the left of your current position. As you pull the thread through, hook the needle through the loop and pull tightly. This will make one vertical stitch and one length of thread that lies flush with the edge of the towel. Continue this all the way across the top of the towel and finish off.
Use your crochet hook to attach your yarn or thread with a slip stitch to the right-side blanket stitch. The blanket stitches will function in place of your starting chain; make one single crochet stitch in every stitch across the row, then chain one and turn.
Work two more rows of even single crochet stitches, as for step three. On row four, decrease your stitches. To do this, make single crochet two together in the first and last stitches of the row; crochet all of the centre stitches normally. Repeat row four until the towel topper measures 2 to 3 inches in width.
Chain one and single crochet across all the stitches in the row; repeat this row for two more inches. On the next row, in place of the centre single crochet make one chain stitch; single crochet the other stitches normally. On the following row single crochet in all of the single crochets from the previous row as well as in the space left by the chain stitch. Single crochet evenly for 1 inch and fasten off.
Fold the top of the towel topper down onto the main body of it. Sew a button in the centre of the body to correspond with the location of the button hole you made with your chain-one stitch on the handle. Weave in all loose ends with a large-eye blunt needle. Repeat the process with the other half of the towel to make a second crochet towel topper.