A kitchen towel topper not only adds a little extra pizazz to a regular tea towel but also allows the owner to hang the towel in a convenient location so it is always handy. Make a towel topper set for a housewarming gift or give to friends and family members for the holidays. These simple projects don't take a lot of time to complete but make a big impact when displayed in a kitchen.
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Things you need
- Kitchen towel
- Embroidery needle
- Cotton thread
- Knitting needles size US 3
- Sewing needle
Fold a kitchen towel in half widthways and line up the two short ends.
Thread an embroidery needle with cotton thread weight yarn. Use it to make a blanket stitch along the folded edge of the towel. To do this, insert the needle up from the bottom of the towel on the far right side, then go back down from top to bottom a quarter-inch to the left of the starting position. As you pull the thread taut, poke the needle through the thread loop to create a vertical stitch and a horizontal bar across the top of the towel. Repeat this across the top of the towel and knot the thread.
Weave a knitting needle through each blanket stitch top loop on the towel to pick up the stitches for knitting.
Knit every stitch on the needle back and forth for three rows to set a garter stitch foundation for your towel.
Knit a decrease row. To do this, repeat these stitches across the row: knit one, knit two together. Repeat across, ending with a knit one stitch. Knit one more row evenly, then alternate between decrease rows and even rows until your towel topper is approximately 3 inches high.
Knit two together for every stitch of the following row. Knit every stitch evenly on the row after that. Repeat this until you have approximately 10 stitches left on your needles.
Knit back and forth across the rows evenly, knitting every stitch to make the hanger for the towel. This narrow strip of knitting should be approximately 6 inches long.
Make a buttonhole. To do this, knit to the centre stitch on the next row. Yarn over, then knit two together for the next two stitches, then knit evenly across the row. Knit back and forth evenly for four more rows, then bind off.
Cut your working yarn and weave in all the loose ends with an embroidery needle.
Sew a small button to the centre of the towel topper. Line it up with the position of the buttonhole when you fold the hanger portion of the towel toward the centre front. Button the towel over a cabinet door handle or the oven handle.
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