While we typically think of multi-colored, bright yarn in association with granny style crochet, I’ve toned down the look for a more neutral presence in this granny stripe crochet dish towel pattern. The style of crochet reminds me of home, which is very much implied in the name. I’ve also been trying to decorate my kitchen with a more neutral palette lately, so this towel fits in perfectly!
Before we dig into the pattern, I need to tell you a story about my granny and our shared love of yarn. When I was little, I didn’t really know what to do with yarn, but I knew that I loved it. We would raid my grandma’s stash and pick out the best colors for her to make something for us. My grandma hid her yarn stash in a strange place right between the headboard of her bed and the wall. . .which I always found a bit odd because the rest of her craft supplies were in the closets.
As an adult, I now get this. . .she was totally hiding her stash of yarn purchases from grandpa! As an avid crocheter I understand how easy it can be to pick up a skein of yarn here and there, and end up with it quickly taking over your home. I’ve chuckled to myself about this many times, thinking about how even though our generations have changed, many things are still the same.
Granny Stripe Crochet Dish Towel Pattern
Crochet Pattern by Crochet Nerd, Copyright 2018.
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This pattern is written in American (US) terms. Read this for more information on the conversion to UK terms.
Finished pattern size: 15 x 20 inches
- Crochet Hook, Size I
- Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Original, colors White and Jute
- Yarn Needle
Crochet Abbreviations Used:
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- st(s) – stich(es)
- * – repeating instructions
Foundation Row: Chain 41. Turn work. Sc into every stitch in the row. (41 total sts)
This pattern is written in multiples of 3, so chain 39 +2 for your turning chain of the next row. If you’d like your towel a difference size, adjust accordingly.
Row 1: Turn your work. Ch 3 and dc into the same stitch. *Skip the next two sts. Dc three times into the next st.* When you have 3 sts. remaining, 2dc in the last st.
Row 2: Turn your work. Ch 3. *Skip two sts. and dc 3 times into the space between the clusters of sts. in row one.* When you get to the end, dc once in the last st.
*Repeat Row 1 & 2 15 more times, changing colors each time you start the row 1 instructions.
For the color change, I start my new color at the top of the dc and leave enough of a tail to weave back and forth through the sts. to tie off three times.
When you arrive to the end of your pattern, tie off and weave in all ends with your yarn needle.
For the edge, I joined my yarn back at the bottom of the foundation row on the right hand side. I did a single crochet the entire way around the towel (with the exception of the foundation row). The height of each row received three single crochets. On each corner, 2 sc into the corner to make the edge lay flat. Slip stitch with the foundation row to finish, tie off, and weave in ends with your yarn needle.
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Cotton face scrubbies are something that I use daily to remove my makeup and cleanse my face. Instead of spending money on packs of them to just throw away, I decided to make myself a set of face cleansing pads that I can easily toss in the laundry and reuse over and over again.
Since these pads are made out of cotton yarn, they are soft, and will dry in about the same time it takes a washcloth to dry. They also lather pretty good, so I don’t feel like I have to use as much cleanser as I do with other absorbent face scrubbies. These can be made in many colors. I like to keep a set of white ones for days when I wear no makeup and am simply washing my face, and a set made with gray yarn for days I’m washing away foundation or eye makeup.
Here’s another handy tip–if you are traveling somewhere, lather your cotton face scrubbies up with your favorite cleanser and lay them out to dry (without washing them out). Once dry, pack them in a small, sealed bag in your makeup bag. When you get to your destination, pull one out, wet, lather back up, and wash off your face! Save space in your bag from not having to pack your entire bottle of face wash. Genius, right?
Crochet Pattern: Reusable Cotton Face Scrubbies
Skill Level: Beginner
- Crochet Hook – Size I/9 5.25mm
- Cotton Yarn (I used the Sugar and Cream brand in white) – approx 240-inches per scrubby
- Measuring Tape
- Yarn Needle
- Magic Circle (also known as magic ring, or magic loop)
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- Sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
Create a Magic Circle and ch 3.
Row 1: 12 dc in circle. Join with sl st.
Row 2: Ch 3. 2 dc in every st (24 dc, 25 counting original ch 3). Join with Sl st.
Row 3: Sl st in every st (24 sts total).
Finish by weaving in ends. Cut remaining yarn.
The finished cotton face scrubbies will be approximately 3-inches wide. I normally create these in sets of 5-7. If you make some of these, I’d love to see yours! Tag me @thecrochetnerd on Instagram.