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Crochet An Easy Hanging Towel! Free Crochet Pattern

Updated on November 6, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Crochet Two Towels Out Of One Purchased Towel Or Make One Big One!

After years of crocheting hanging towels the same old way, I grew tired of that and wanted to do something different, something a bit off balance. That's why I started doing towels with the hanger at one corner instead of centered at the top of the towel.

Most kitchen and bath hand towels you find out there are printed with the design in two directions with each top at the center fold. For those towels, you make two out of one. But there are also some towels with an allover print which works well with making one larger towel or two smaller ones. Up to you!

I've had lots of fun doing these towels with a hand crocheted button that goes with the theme of the towel. You can also purchase buttons to use, or you can crochet covers for existing buttons you have.

Your first step is to pick out a towel(s) you love! Your next step is to pick out your favorite coordinating color of 100% Cotton yarn. So let's get to crocheting!

Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!
Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!

I own and love every size of this crochet hook. It allows me to keep crocheting despite severe arthritis in my hands.


The Schnauzer Difficulty Rating! 1 - EASY!

The Schnauzer Difficulty Rating! 1 - EASY!
The Schnauzer Difficulty Rating! 1 - EASY!
Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-B Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder, 4-Ounce
Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-B Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder, 4-Ounce

If you prefer working from balls of yarns rather than skeins, this is for you!


What You Will Need

You'll need a purchased towel. If you are making two towels out of one, carefully cut the towel across the middle halfway between where the two patterns separate. If you're only making one towel, you don't need to cut anything.

A steel crochet hook in a size 0 if you want to poke the holes as you crochet. Otherwise, you need a sharp object to pierce holes all around the towel and a size F crochet hook for the crocheting.

100% cotton yarn, small amount in the color of your choice.

Great Crochet Accessories From Amazon - My Hand Picks!

Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver
Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver

I own and love this yarn cutting pendant! It's so handy when I'm working in stripes and have to cut yarn frequently! No more searching for where I laid the scissors!


A Word About Yarn & Thread Selection...

You may use different yarns such as scrap yarns or threads with good results! Just make sure to keep them similar in weight and thickness so as not to throw off the pattern.

Let's Make The Magic!

With the design facing you right-side-up, attach yarn at the top left corner. Poke a hole about 1/4" from edge with your crochet hook. Insert hook, draw yarn through and complete a Single Crochet. Chain 1, poke hook through and make another single crochet about 1/4" from last SC. Continue until you reach the first corner. Using the same hole, make one SC just before the corner, chain 1, make another SC on top of the corner, chain 1, and make a third SC just after the corner. Do this for each corner. Continue in this manner all the way around to the top right edge.

On the cut edge, you'll get the neatest appearance by using an iron and pressing under the top edge 1/4" then folding that edge down another 1/4" and pressing again. Now continue crocheting in pattern across the top edge. End with chain 1, slip stitch in first single crochet.

Slip stitch across next 6 stitches, depending how wide you want your hanging strap to be. Ch 1, turn. Work SC in next few stitches, deciding how wide you want your strap and making it an odd number of stitches, ch 1, turn. Continue in pattern for as long as you'd like your strap to be less about 2 inches. Now it's time for the buttonhole row.

Let's say your strap is 8 stitches across. SC in first two SC. Chain 4, skip 4 SC, SC in last 2 SC. Ch 1, turn.

Next Row - SC in first 2 SC. SC the same number of stitches you skipped in the previous round into the chain space. SC in remaining SC. Ch 1, turn.

Resume regular pattern of SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn for remainder of strap. If you want a pointed end, you can decrease one stitch on each side of each of last rows until you're down to one stitch. Fasten off.

Corner Closeup

Corner Closeup
Corner Closeup
Boye Yarn Yardage Counter
Boye Yarn Yardage Counter

I recently purchased this for myself. It's handy to know how much yarn a given project requires when you're going to be making more than one!


Let's Make A Paw Button!

Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder
Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder

This is so much more attractive than what I used for years, a 3 pound coffee can with a hole cut in the plastic lid! Anybody testify? Bonus... this won't snag your thread, either.


With Black cotton yarn, Chain 5

Row 1

SC in each chain across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2

In first SC, work (SC, DC, SC). Slip stitch into next SC. Repeat from * across. On last repeat, work your final slip stitch around the corner to the left. Fasten off leaving about 12" tail to sew button on with.

Weave tail into center of button. With button right side up, place on towel strap in desired location and slip stitch in place.

All Finished!

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A Note From Your Designer...

Hi, I'm SheilaSchnauzies, also published as SheilaSparkles, and my life's passion is designing in Crochet! I also love to share gifts with friends, and this pattern is my gift to you! I give away about 95% of my pattern designs free. The other 5% are sold on my pattern store at to benefit the vet expenses of my Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Sheila's Schnauzies.

Just one little favor, please... I would appreciate it if you do not post this pattern anywhere on the Internet or in the 'real world.' Instead, you are most welcome to provide a link to this webpage.

I use a system I call the "Official Schnauzer Difficulty Rating" just for fun, to rate the difficulty of my patterns. If it's a 3/5 or more, I'll explain why I consider it more difficult. A few of my designs use techniques that are a bit unconventional! If it's one of those patterns, I'll warn you ahead of time. I do a lot of custom-fit patterns, for example. They are made to fit YOU, not a measurement from a chart. They're surprisingly easy to do and actually end up fitting. That's a good thing, yes?

So glad you found my patterns! I hope you really enjoy making whatever it is you're making! Crochet hugs, -Sheila

Honored To Be An Associate Professional Member of Crochet Guild of America!

Honored To Be An Associate Professional Member of Crochet Guild of America!
Honored To Be An Associate Professional Member of Crochet Guild of America!

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