It may look intricate, but this pattern’s reversible design is easy to make! The dishcloth’s reversible design is created by working the long-dropped double crochets around the post of the stitch instead of working into the stitch. Make a second towel topper and dishcloth by working into the front posts instead of through both loops, and before you know it, you’ll have the perfect kitchen set!
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Dishcloth: about 10.5” wide x 9” high; Towel Topper: 10” high before folding over to button
Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm]
Yarn: Premier Home Cotton (85% Cotton,15% Polyester; 105 yards [96 meters]/60 grams): 44-06 Water Lillies (MC)2 balls, 38-17 Passionfruit (CC), 2 ball
Hook: US size I/9 (5.25 mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle, one 1” button, sewing needle, thread, sharp scissor
Dec: work 2 sts together
Long Double Crochet (Ldc): Yo, insert hook in st 3 rows below, yo, pull up a long lp, yo, pull through 2 lps, yo, pull through last 2 lps. Ldc sts are always worked into the last row of the same color 3 rows below.
Front Post double crochet (FPdc): Yo, insert hook from front to back around st indicated 3 rows below, yo, pull up a long lp, yo, pull through 2 lps, yo, pull through last 2 lps. FPdc sts are always worked around sts of the last row of the same color 3 rows below.
To change colors, work with current color to the last yarn over of the last stitch, then drop that color and pick up the new color. Do not fasten off the other color, it will be picked up again when needed.
The yarn quantities provided is enough to make 2 towel toppers for 15” x 25” kitchen towel and 2 dishcloths (one set in Pattern A and the other in Pattern B).
Set A: Worked with Long Double crochets to create a completely reversible design that is the same on both sides
Set B: Work the same pattern as Set A, except that you substitute Front Post Double crochets for the Long Double crochets. This creates a reversible design that is different on each side; one side has a textured design and the other side has stripes.
To dec one st, work sc2tog over two sts indicated.
Towel Topper Pattern
Set A (Long Double Crochets)
Fold towel in half.
Cut towel in half along your fold.
Thread a tapestry needle with the MC. You will need to use a length of yarn approximately three times the width of the towel.
Fold the raw edge over about 0.5”.
Working across the top edge of the towel, blanket stitch across the edge, keeping the stitches about 0.25” apart.
You will need to have 49 stitches across top edge for pattern.
Note: Each row, starting with Row 3, will have 2 stitches less than the row before.
Row 1: With MC, sc in each blanket stitch across, adjusting as needed to have 49 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc across, changing to CC in last st.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec one sc over first 2 sc, sc in each sc across, dec over last 2 sc. (47 sc)
Row 4: Rep Row 3, changing to MC in last st. (45 sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, *Ldc into sc 3 rows below, skip the st behind the Ldc since it replaces that sc, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * across, ending with sc in next 2 sc, dec over last 2 sc. (43 sts)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc, sc across, ending with dec over last 2 sc, changing to CC in last st. (41 sc)
Row 7: Rep Row 5.
Row 8: Rep Row 4
Rows 9-21: Rep Rows 5-8, 3 times, then Row 5 once more. At the end of Row 21 there should be 11 sts.
Row 22: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. (11 sts)
Rows 23-30: Rep Row 22.
Sew button to center of Row 22
With MC, ch 40.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (39 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc across, changing to CC in last sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc across,
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc across, changing to MC in last st.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in 5 sc, *Ldc into sc 3 rows below, sk the st behind the Ldc since it replaces that sc, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * across, ending with sc in last 5 sc.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, changing to CC in last st.
Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *Ldc around sc 3 rows below, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * across, ending with sc in last sc.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, changing to MC in last st.
Rows 9-42: Rep Rows 5-8, 8 times, then Rows 5-6, once more.
With CC, join with sl st, sc in each st around, working (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in each corner.
Weave in ends.
Set B (Front Post Double crochet)
Follow pattern for Set A, but use the MC in place of the CC and the CC in place of the MC. Beginning in Row 5 of both pieces, work FPdc in place of Ldc. This slight change gives a very different look to the project.