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The Ultimate Collection of Hand / Kitchen Towel Patterns to Crochet

The Ultimate Collection of Hand / Kitchen Towel Patterns to Crochet

Hand towels and kitchen towel patterns are great items to crochet. They make fantastic gifts, are super practical and look so pretty! So whether you are looking to make some for yourself or to gift you are sure to find what you are looking for 

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

The first week of the Sweet and Simple event went well! This week there are 13 awesome  easy crochet patterns for you which are free with the coupon code between 15th and 21st February 2022.   How do I get my free PDF patterns? The 

Bunny Pillow – Free C2C Pattern

Bunny Pillow – Free C2C Pattern

The Bunny pillow and the Mini Corner to Corner course!

The bunny pillow was designed to be part of the free corner to corner mini course I have designed. It is aimed at teaching people the very basics of corner to corner.

You can find more about this course and get the breakdown and all the information and tutorial links you need HERE

 

Please note:

The pattern below is included in its entirety because it is meant to be used in conjunction with this course. I take you through all of the elements of the pattern, how to read the chart, written instructions and the colour block instructions. All of the links are in the post linked above.

 

Pattern links:

If you would like an inexpensive ad free version of this pattern you can purchase it in the following places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

Materials:

  • #4 weight yarn in 2 colors. I used caron simply soft and required one skein of each color.
  • 5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • 16” pillow form

Gauge:

Using C2C in the dc stitch as your gauge stitch, 2’’x 2’’ is 3 blocks x 3 blocks

Size:

Fits 16” pillow form

Abbreviations:

  • Col A – Color A – this is the background color
  • CA – color A – this is the background color
  • ColB–Color B–this is the bunny
  • CB–Color B–this is the bunny
  • FO—fasten off

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible so if you carry any yarn remember to work over it as you go. It is not recommended to carry yarn for more than a few C2C blocks.
  • This is a traditional C2C graph and is worked diagonally from the bottom right-hand corner. It ends at the top left-hand corner.
  • To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch and then measure how much yarn you used per C2C block multiplying that by the number of blocks of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.
  • Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the picture graph on the next page.

The Graph:

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Written instructions:

For the front panel of the bunny pillow

← Row 1 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)
→ Row 2 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)
← Row 3 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 4 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)
← Row 5 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 6 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)
← Row 7 [RS]: (CA) x 4, (CB), (CA) x 2 (7 squares)
→ Row 8 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2 (8 squares)

 

← Row 9 [RS]: (CA) x 3, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2 (9 squares)
→ Row 10 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 5, (CA) x 3 (10 squares)

← Row 11 [RS]: (CA) x 4, (CB) x 5, (CA) x 2 (11 squares)

→ Row 12 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 6, (CA) x 4 (12 squares)
← Row 13 [RS]: (CA) x 4, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 2 (13 squares)
→ Row 14 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 5 (14 squares)
← Row 15 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 8, (CA) x 2 (15 squares)
→ Row 16 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 8, (CA) x 6 (16 squares)
← Row 17 [RS]: (CA) x 6, (CB) x 9, (CA) x 2 (17 squares)
→ Row 18 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 9, (CA) x 7 (18 squares)
← Row 19 [RS]: (CA) x 7, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 2 (19 squares)
→ Row 20 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 8 (20 squares)
← Row 21 [RS]: (CA) x 9, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 2 (21 squares)
→ Row 22 [WS]: (CA) x 3, (CB), (CA), (CB) x 7, (CA) x 10 (22 squares)

← Row 23 [RS]: (CA) x 11, (CB) x 6, (CA) x 6 (23 squares)

Reduce from the left and right

→ Row 24 [WS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 6, (CA) x 11 (22 squares)
← Row 25 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2, (CB) x 5, (CA) x 5 (21 squares)

→ Row 26 [WS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 5 (20 squares)
← Row 27 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 4 (19 squares)
→ Row 28 [WS]: (CA) x 4, (CB) x 9, (CA) x 5 (18 squares)
← Row 29 [RS]: (CA) x 7, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 3 (17 squares)
→ Row 30 [WS]: (CA) x 3, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 6 (16 squares)
← Row 31 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 8, (CA) x 2 (15 squares)
→ Row 32 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 4, (CA), (CB) x 4, (CA) x 3 (14 squares)
← Row 33 [RS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2, (CB) x 2, (CA) x 3 (13 squares)

 

→ Row 34 [WS]: (CA) x 8, (CB) x 2, (CA) x 2 (12 squares)
← Row 35 [RS]: (CA) x 11 (11 squares)
→ Row 36 [WS]: (CA) x 10 (10 squares)
← Row 37 [RS]: (CA) x 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 38 [WS]: (CA) x 8 (8 squares)
← Row 39 [RS]: (CA) x 7 (7 squares)
→ Row 40 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)
← Row 41 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 42 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)
← Row 43 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 44 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)
← Row 45 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)

For the back panel of the bunny pillow

← Row 1 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)
→ Row 2 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)
← Row 3 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 4 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)
← Row 5 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 6 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)
← Row 7 [RS]: (CA) x7 (7 squares)
→ Row 8 [WS]: (CA) x 8 (8 squares)
← Row 9 [RS]: (CA) x 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 10 [WS]: (CA) x 10 (10 squares)

← Row 11 [RS]: (CA) x 11 (11 squares)

→ Row 12 [WS]: (CA) x 12, (12 squares)

← Row 13 [RS]: (CA) x 13 (13 squares)

→ Row 14 [WS]: (CA) x 14 (14 squares)

← Row 15 [RS]: (CA) x 15, (15 squares)

→ Row 16 [WS]: (CA) x 16 (16 squares)

← Row 17 [RS]: (CA) x 17 (17 squares)

→ Row 18 [WS]: (CA) x 18 (18 squares)

← Row 19 [RS]: (CA) x 19 (19 squares)

→ Row 20 [WS]: (CA) x 20, (20 squares)

← Row 21 [RS]: (CA) x 21 (21 squares)

→ Row 22 [WS]: (CA) x 22 (22 squares)

← Row 23 [RS]: (CA) x 23 (23 squares) Reduce from the left and the right

→ Row 24 [WS]: (CA) x 22 (22 squares)

← Row 25 [RS]: (CA) x 21 (21 squares)

→ Row 26 [WS]: (CA) x 20 (20 squares)

← Row 27 [RS]: (CA) x 19 (19 squares)

→ Row 28 [WS]: (CA) x 18 (18 squares)

← Row 29 [RS]: (CA) x 17, (17 squares)

→ Row 30 [WS]: (CA) x 16 (16 squares)

← Row 31 [RS]: (CA) x 15, (15 squares)

→ Row 32 [WS]: (CA) 14 (14 squares)

← Row 33 [RS]: (CA) 13 (13 squares)

→ Row 34 [WS]: (CA) 12 (12 squares)

← Row 35 [RS]: (CA) x 11 (11 squares)

→ Row 36 [WS]: (CA) x 10 (10 squares)

← Row 37 [RS]: (CA) x 9 (9 squares)

→ Row 38 [WS]: (CA) x 8 (8 squares)

← Row 39 [RS]: (CA) x 7 (7 squares)

→ Row 40 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)

← Row 41 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)

→ Row 42 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)

← Row 43 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)

→ Row 44 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)

← Row 45 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)

 

Color Block Instructions for the front of the bunny pillow

For the back panel of the bunny pillow

Sew in your ends and then you are ready to assemble your bunny pillow!

Assembly:

Step 1:          Take your front and back panels and place wrong sides together (this means that the right sides will be facing outwards).

Step 2:          SC around three sides of your cushion ensuring that you sc through both the front and the back panels.  At each corner (sc, ch1, sc). Do NOT work the last side yet.

Step 3:          Insert pillow form into cushion (see photo below) and then continue to sc along the last side. This might be a little trickier as you have the pillow form to work around too.  Slip stitch to the first stitch you made. Do not fasten off yet!

Step 4:          Crab stitch in each sc and ch1 space around. SS to join

Fasten off and weave in ends.

C2C mini Course

If you are new to crocheting corner to corner we have a mini course. Parts 1 and 2 take you through how to make this bunny pillow step by step. The post linked below will be updated as the new parts are released (9th, 16th and 23rd February 2021)

You can find it here!

 

Innovative Stitches Blog Hop

On 13th February 2022 you can get the FREE pdf version of this pattern as part of the Innovative stitches event, organised by Blue Star Crochet.

The second element to this event – the e-book which you can purchase for an awesome price.

  • This eBook contains 40 crochet stitch pattern tutorials.
  • Each tutorial contains a still close up image of the stitch to give you a visual idea of what you are aiming to achieve.
  • Each stitch comes with written instructions guiding you through each step of the stitch.
  • If you are more of a visual learner, there is a link to a video tutorial showing you how to work the particular stitch. That makes it an interactive stitch bible you will use over and over!

You can find out more about the e-book and  grab the coupon code to get the bunny pillow PDF Pattern for free by clicking the button below:

Then come back and grab the pdf with the coupon code by clicking this button:

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Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

When Pam at Carroway Crochet asked me to participate in the Sweet and Simple event she had planned I wasn’t going to say no. You know that I LOVE to bring you guys free pattern events when I can!     How do I get 

Stag Throw Pillow – Free pattern

Stag Throw Pillow – Free pattern

Here is the first of several patterns in the Stag Collection – the stag throw pillow.   Note: this post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase using them we may get a small commission so that we can continue to 

Elegant Hairscarf

Elegant Hairscarf

Something came over me one day and I just had to design an elegant headscarf. I know! It’s not my usual kind of design.

When I think of head scarves I think of the 1950’s and old movies with (not so fast) open top cars, winding country roads, sunshine and that innocent romance element. So I knew that my design had to be lacy and lightweight to represent being carefree, pretty and simple to add to the elegance and practical because if it isn’t who is going to wear it?!

Head scarves look so cute on lots of women. Personally I don’t think I could pull this one off, but who knows in the summer with a super long summer dress I might pull off the boho vibe with it … maybe. I’m hoping!

 

 

Finding the right stitch for my Elegant Headscarf

So out came my stitch directories. You may have noticed that I am much more comfortable with the warmer stitches and my designs reflect that. Ordinarily I like to be cozy and wrapped up. And designing things with a spring and summer vibe in the middle of what feels like the longest winter ever has its own problems LOL.

There are so many pretty lacy stitches out there. But I found it hard to believe that the drunken granny stitch had not been used for something like this. It is such a great stitch, using only double crochets and chains (US terms) so is a great introduction to more open stitch work for beginner crocheters.

Elegant hair scarf uses the drunken granny stitch

Pattern links:

If you prefer an inexpensive pdf version of this pattern you can find it in the following places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

 

Materials you will need to create the Elegant Headscarf:

  • #2 weight yarn or cotton of choice. I used approx. 120 yards of Stylecraft Special 4 ply in cream.
  • 3.5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors

This is our first pattern that uses #2 weight (4 ply)yarn but for me it was a no-brainer decision. It is fine and lightweight so perfect for obtaining the lightweight, carefree elegance that I was looking for. I also happened to have some in my stash so that was a bonus!

#3 (DK) or #4 weight (aran) yarns add bulk and weight so your project will finish up being wider and heavier. Although the pattern works with them, and some of my testers used heavier yarns, I would recommend you try with a #2 weight first. I promise you will love the outcome!

 

Sizing:

My head scarf worked out at 2.75” by 58” – by all means make this one shorter but long enough to tie around a bun or ponytail and have the ends dangle a little. That too would look so pretty and be perfect for younger girls and moms alike!

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible
  • Ch3 at the start of the row does count as a st.
  • To make the pattern wider you could use a bigger hook or a heavier weight yarn.

 

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • Ch sp – chain space
  • St / sts – stitch / stitches
  • Sk – skip
  • dc – double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • FO – fasten off

 

The Elegant Headscarf Pattern:

 

Row 1:            Ch19

(4dc, ch3, dc) in 6th ch from hook, *sk4 chs (4dc, ch3, dc) in next ch*.

Rep from * to * until you have 3 ch’s remaining. Sk 2ch, dc in last ch, turn.

 

Row 2:            Ch3, work (4dc, ch3, dc) in each ch3 sp across, dc in the top of the turning ch from the previous row, turn

 

 

Rows 3 on:     Repeat row 2 until your hair scarf measures approx 58” (or desired length)

FO, weave in ends.

 

Sweet and Simple Event

Between 15th and 21st February 2022 you can get this pdf pattern free on Ravelry using the code that you can find in the round up post.

Get the code by clicking the link below

 

Then come back and use the code in our Ravelry shop by clicking the button below:

 

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The Kate Wristlet

The Joy Wrap

 

A Handy Storage Basket – Free Pattern

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The Bee Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern

The Bee Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern

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The Kate Scarf

The Kate Scarf

The Kate scarf is our newest member of the Kate Collection! The Kate collection is actually named after one of my sisters.

There are a few more items coming in this collection – we have a beanie, a baby bonnet and baby blanket, a mug cozy, a coffee beanie cozy  and a gorgeous purse perfect for wedding season all waiting in the wings to be released! I just keep coming back to this stitch pattern and thinking it would be great for so many things!

The Kate Scarf has been waiting a while!

This pattern has waited almost a year to be released. I wrote it, had it tested and ready to go with the matching beanie and then a designers nightmare happened. A similar pattern to the beanie we have waiting was released by another designer. There are differences between the patterns that make them sufficiently different, but it knocked my confidence a little and we decided to wait until the winter to release this one and allow sufficient time that it didn’t seem like a copy.

Don’t worry …

I have talked through it with the other designer and all is good! She knows that we didn’t copy her design and told me to get it out there! So we are releasing the scarf first. The beanie will follow in a  day or so!

Quick Make:

This pattern is a quick make, and the scarf is so cozy!

 

Pattern PDF

You can get this pattern as an inexpensive PDF also in the usual places:

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Our Shop here

Lovecrafts here

 

Are you ready for the free pattern?

The pattern Specifics:

Note: this post does contain affiliate links. These may allow us to make a small commission on any purchases you make using these links but there will be no extra charge to yourself!

Also, please note that this pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Sara Marsh and Helen Wilkinson of Sunflower Cottage Crochet.  Please do not redistribute, transfer, or sell the pattern, or alter it to claim as your own. You may sell any products you create from this pattern. Please credit us by linking online listings Facebook, Website, and tag us on Instagram.

 

You will need:

Gauge is not important. My scarf measures approximately 7.5″ x 70″

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • Alt ch3 – alternate chain 3
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep—repeat
  • dc–double crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • bpdc – back post double crochet
  • sk—skip

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Easily adapted for width and length.
  • Stitch multiples of 6 plus 3 if chaining to start, or 6 plus 1 if foundation row is used.
  • Alt ch3 counts as a st.
  • We work this scarf from left to right rather than bottom to top. Our first row therefore creates the height and we work to the length we desire.

 

 

 

Special Stitches:

Alt Ch3:

This is a way of starting the row without using the ch3 which can look gappy at the edges. To do the alt ch3 turn your work, sc into the first st and then ch2. This counts as a stitch.

Foundation half double crochet:

You can find our  right handed tutorial on this at  https://youtu.be/wPHOG4VIi_Q We also have a left handed tutorial. I find that this gives a much better finish than a chain start.

Front Post and Back Post Double Crochet:

You can find our video tutorial on the fpdc:

Right handed version –  https://youtu.be/nmWe76Y4v08

Left handed version –  https://youtu.be/biHxNSKo5Vw

For the bpdc visit https://youtu.be/hTPKAPQblkE

 

The Pattern:


Row 1-           Fhdc 31 (or any multiple of 6 plus 1) OR

Ch33 (or any multiple of 6 plus 3 to get the desired height)

 

Row 2 –            If you chained:  [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in 6th ch from hook.  *sk 2 sts, dc in next st, sk 2 sts, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st; rep from * to end–end with a dc in final stitch.

 

If you used the fhdc :

Alt ch3, sk 2 sts, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st, *sk2, fpdc in the next st, sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st

Rep from * to end–end with a dc in final stitch.

 

 

 

 

Row 3-        Turn, alt ch3 (counts as a st), *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, bpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to * until you work into the last ch1 sp of the row.  Dc in top of the turning chain from previous row.

 

 

Row 4-        Turn, alt ch3 (counts as a st), *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, fpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to * until you work into the last ch1 sp of the row.  Dc in top of the turning chain from previous row.

 

 

 

 

Row 4-138   Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length.

 

Row 139        If you started with the fhdc row:

Alt ch2 (which is a sc and one ch) in the first st, hdc in each st and ch1 sp across.

 

FO and weave in ends.

 

Your Kate scarf is completed!

 

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