Hanging up the Towel

With the renovation in my kitchen complete I don’t seem to have a place to put up a towel rack for drying tea towels, except for hanging them over the oven handle.  So I dug through the craft cupboard and found a holder for towels I had made a few years ago.  It fastens over the handles on the drawers and easily holds the towel.

Not that I want towels hanging all over the kitchen, but just for a short while after drying the dishes.  In the nice weather I have a make do line on the railing of the deck and I can peg the tea towels on there to dry.  But the weather doesn’t always co-operate and with winter weather approaching I won’t be using the outside drying spot much more.

My friend had one of these that her Mother had made many years ago and she wanted a new one so I devised a pattern using a metal ring and some left over bits of yarn.  I’ve seen the pattern made using big pony tail elastics or rings cut from plastic lids (yogurt tubs, margarine containers).  I found these types quickly lose their shape so I decided to use a more sturdier metal ring.  When the hanger is complete you can button it over the handle on your oven or drawer.


This pattern is a great one for using up your stash of yarn.

There is a print friendly version of this pattern here.


-7.5 cm or 3 inch ring (packets of 6 from craft stores),
-a 4.5 mm crochet hook,
-a small amount of yarn, preferably cotton yarn or worsted weight yarn
-tapestry needle


Row 1 – crochet 55 sc around ring, slst to first sc, you may need more or less depending on the ring size. The sc are made around the ring. Put the hook through the center of the ring and pull the yarn up a tthe back. Pull the yarn through the loop or loops on the hook. You will end up with the ring being covered by the yarn.

 towelring08   towelring04
Row 2 – ch1, sc in the next 9 sc (this can be a bit tight to do at first, but be patient and it will go through)
Row 3 – ch 3 (first dc), turn, dc in the next 9 sc, for a total of 10 dc
Row 4 – sc in the 10 dc, turn
Row 5 – dc in the 10 sc
Row 6 – sc in the 10 sc
Row 7 – dc in the 10 sc
Row 8 – sc in the 10 dc
R0w 9 -dc in the 10 sc
Row 10 – sc in the 10 dc
Row 11 – dc in the 10 sc
Row 12 – ch 1, * sc in the first dc, skip next dc,* repeat to end of row
Row 13 – ch3 (first dc), dc in next sc, ch 2 )will make a buttonhole), dc, dc, (you can adjust hold to the size of the button)
Row 14 – sc 6 times
Row 15 – sc, skip next sc, repeat to end of row, for 2 dc
Row 16 – finish off
Stitch on button.

It looks like this when laying flat.

I’ve also made pot holder towels.  Both of these items make great gifts for special occasions.  I love to hear from you if you have printed the patterns and made some.

I’m sharing with Hookin on Hump Day or here at Moogly.

This is a great little pattern to share with Stash busting party

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16 Responses to Hanging up the Towel
  1. Crafty… very crafty!
    Daniel LaFrance recently posted..HerculesMy Profile

  2. Neat idea!! Thanks for hooking me into Hookin on hump day!
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  3. Good morning, damp one so far. What a great idea if you have no place to hang them. I don’t know yet if I will have a place to hang mine so I should save your pattern and maybe be able to switch to knitting just going by shape I size.
    Have a good day

    • That will be a challenge for me on a rainy day Myrt … convert the pattern to a knitting one.

  4. Great idea, thanks for the tutorial Linda.
    It actually looks easy enough for even me!
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  5. That is a great idea, Linda. My cupboard drawers have the banker’s pulls on them or knobs so nothing will hang on them well and my towels are on the stove handle. I don’t mind as I’m used to it now.
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  6. You are clever this is a great idea and tidy to. 🙂
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  7. That’s a great idea and better than crocheting the tops of all the tea towels. (I still have some of those that I use though) I wish I had a little drying rack for more than one in my kitchen! Hugs!
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  8. That is a really good idea. Mine languish on the radiators and look a real mess.
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  9. What a great idea – thanks for the pattern. Love your header!!!!
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  10. Hi Linda….Cute!
    Did I miss the whole reveal of your new fabulous kitchen?
    Nice and sunny here today…
    Linda :o)
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  11. Thank you so much for posting and sharing these, I love them, it should help me stay organized 🙂
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  12. Such a pretty towel holder!
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  13. Great. Love it. I’m going to share this pattern on my fb page.

  14. Brilliant idea – I’m pinning it for later!

  15. What a great idea! thank you for sharing your pattern and linking to the stash link up. 🙂 xx
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