Crochet Pattern: Easy Towel Topper

By Rachel Choi – 36 Comments
Towel toppers not only make it easy to hang your towels on handles in your kitchen but they also make nice home decor. Add these towel toppers to ordinary towels for a brand new look and give them as quick gifts! This pattern gives you two different methods for attaching your towel topper to your towel. You may either start by crocheting on the towel using a very small crochet hook or you can sew the finished topper onto your towel when you are finished making it.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 5 1/2″ (14 cm) tall, 5 1/2″ (14 cm) wide when flat

crochet towel topper

Medium Weight Yarn (small amount)
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
Crochet Hook US 7 (1.5 mm) – only if crocheting topper onto towel
Sewing needle and thread – only if sewing topper onto towel
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Towel Topper
Row 1 (sew topper on towel method): with crochet hook J (6.00 mm), ch 36, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 35 sc

Row 1 (crochet topper on towel method): using US 7 (1.5 mm) crochet hook, 35 sc evenly across top of towel: 35 sc

Row 2: with crochet hook J (6.00 mm), ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 35 sc
Row 3: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc now and throughout), turn, (dc in next sc, skip 1 sc) across, 2 dc in last sc: 20 dc
Row 4: ch 2, turn, (dc in next dc, skip 1 dc) across, 2 dc in last dc: 12 dc
Row 5: ch 2, turn, (dc in next dc, skip 1 dc) across, 2 dc in last dc: 8 dc
Row 6 – 17: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 8 dc
Finish off.

Attach yarn to lower corner of towel topper. Sc around side to top to other side of towel topper. Then finish off. Do not sc across bottom of towel topper since towel is (or will be) attached there.

Sew button to towel, aligning it at the lower center of the handle such that the center of the last row can be used as a button hole. If you did not crochet the topper directly onto the towel, use thread and a sewing needle to sew the topper onto the top of the towel.

If you need help crocheting this towel topper, let me know!

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  1. Loose Cowl says:

    Hello Crochetspot,
    I’ve been trying to make your Loose Cowl and was wondering what kind of yarn is best to make the cowl? I used homespun and it came out too thick and bulky I know you suggest using medium weight yarn. I did make one with sort of christmasy yarn in off white with gold thread in it.But had to use size P hook.
    Please let me know what you suggest using in yarn and hook because size N hook for me it comes out too small.
    Thank you,

  2. Donna says:

    Yep, this would be perfect for a gift. Make up a few and have them handy.

    You must crochet 24/7. You post new stuff about every other day. For a new crocheter, like me, your site is a daily must read. Thanks!!

  3. Sandy says:

    Y. Marie, I like the way you experimented with the loose cowl. I had (Lord only knows how old) Patons Diana in a fuzzy lavender/blue. It worked up beautifully, only I was so tired that when I joined the ends, they were twisted. It drapes in a strange way, but I like it. Now, if it ever cools off here in TX, I may get a chance to wear it! Sandy

  4. Cat says:

    Easy Towel Topper:
    On the 1st row, do you space out the stitches so that the towel lays flat, or do you make them where the towel will gather?

  5. Cat says:

    Hi Rachel!
    I made the towel toppers! I took my towels to the local dry cleaner to have them cut into & serge the edges, simply because I was too lazy to pull out the sewing machine & do it myself. After that I read on another site w/ a towel topper pattern to cut the towel apart, then finish the edges w/ fray check! Good Suggestion! I’ll so that next time!
    Thanks for sharing all your patterns!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Hello Rachel,

    I just wanted to say thanks so much for this pattern, it was very simple and easy to follow your directions, I was searching all over and your site was very helpful. The instructions were full and complete not missing any important details as some I find do, I had promised to make these before I knew if I could, so now the pressure is off and I am well on my way to finishing them all, Thanks so much again,

  7. Jacey says:

    Hi! I was just curious. For the method where you crochet the topper on, do you use the steel hook and just shove it through the towel and start crocheting or do you have to make holes first?

    • Rachel says:

      Jacey, it depends on the towel you are using. Sometimes it’s easier to just stab your crochet hook into the towel, but for some sturdy towels you’d have to pre punch holes in. Give both methods a try and see which one works best for you.

      • Jessica says:

        Hi there,

        I have been wanting to make this type of towel decoration for awhile but I have the hardest time getting the hook through the towel. Does a steel hook make a big difference? My hands always get raw trying to stab the towel and am still unsuccessful. How do you pre punch holes into the towel?

        • Rachel Choi says:

          Hi Jessica,
          Yes, the small steel hook will do the trick! You can also use a darning needle, or metal yarn needle.
          If you can’t poke holes, you can also sew the topper to the towel on after you’re done crocheting.

          • Christine says:

            Hi Rachel,
            I always do a blanket stitch across my towels – I don’t cut them in half – then do a row of sc across then start the rest of it. This makes a better start to the towel topper. Would love some more patterns for these towel toppers as I am not sure on how to decrease on some stitches ie v stitch across the towel. Some make too big a hole in between stitches.
            Hope this helps someone Christine (Australia)

        • Marilyn says:

          I have made a lot of towel toppers and when I cut a towel in two, I always pre punch where the stitches will go with my trusty steel nut picker! Works like a charm, clean and easy!

  8. ann says:

    hi there, i’ve just started crocheting & i was just wondering if you have a pattern to crochet buttons,i’ve made these using the soft cotton yarn here on hand towels,my daughter loves purple & i was hoping to use the cotton to crochet the button matching it.could you pleases direct me in the right direction for an aussie please,any help would be greatly appreciated.also try using a big needle or a quick unpick to pierce the hems on handtowels as they are harder to pierce through.

    kind regards ann.

  9. ann says:

    hi there again,would i need to have more than 6dc as i am using 4ply cotton & using 3.00mm which is metric for my crochet hook in australia.

    • Rachel says:

      Ann, it depends on how small or big you want your button. You can play around and experiment using more or less stitches. You can also use a larger hook and hold more than one strand of yarn together.

  10. ann says:

    thank you fdor your help rachel.

  11. Jamie says:

    I am excited to add some of these to my bathroom towels. Boys use them and then they always end up on the floor!
    Have you ever used a needle to “sew” on the first “row” onto the top of the towel? I have seen a few patterns that use this, but there hasn’t been a good tutorial out there that I’ve found.

  12. Cierra says:

    Hi, I was wondering how to do this and I finally came across your pattern and it helped a lot. Thank you so much.

  13. bonnie says:

    I have been looking for this pattern. Thank you. I am not yet a crocheter. but hope to learn how to do this. My mother tried to teach me as a young girl, but all I learned to do was the chain.

  14. wendy says:

    Thanks for sharing your pattern Rachel. I’ve made lots of towel toppers before but I really like the way yours gathers and lays so nicely. I cant wait to try the pattern out. I did want to share a trick for punching holes in your towels to crochet in them. I use a knitting needle to punch the holes in as I crochet. Works great! thanks again!

  15. Jackie says:

    I have cabinets with knobs. I need to make the towel topper with a hole to slip over the knob. Can you help me?

    • Rachel says:

      Jackie, maybe you can make a chain of 10 (or however many needed to go around your knob) and then make a slip stitch into the first chain you made to make a loop. You can put this loop on the top of the towel topper.

  16. barb in tennessee says:

    Sharing a Trick about making the ” holes” in fabric:
    I crochet edgings on flannel receiving blankets with crochet thread. When I first started doing this, it was very difficult to “poke” the steel crochet hook into the fabric….even using a thimble, and the tiniest steel hook it wore out my fingers and thumbs.And I purchased numerous hooks as well. ha

    One way that is easier is by using my sewing machine.
    Do not thread your machine or the bobbin, just run the empty needle along the edge of the fabric where you plan to crochet. The needle will “poke” or pierce a hole in the fabric for you. The machine stitch can be set to have the holes as far apart as you want.
    Then, you can continue with the steel hook, and your pattern.
    Hope this helps you.

  17. sharon says:

    My question is how do u start the first row plz…

  18. Alona says:

    Love the pattern, now that I know how to make em, I’ll be making a lot of them. =) Thanks!

  19. Trisha Smith says:

    Great pattern, Thank You! I made 3 of these in just 2hours. Great fun!

  20. marjorie says:

    HiHow do I copy your patterns?

  21. Bonnie says:

    Do we cut towell in half

  22. Mary says:

    Oh my gosh, great idea. I neve thought about doing this myself. Now I can pick my favorite pattern towels and add it to them. I won’t has mismatch he’s towles now. I’m also glad it’s a easy level…that’s perfect for my skill level. :)?

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