I don’t know about you, but nice towels are a small luxury of life. They can take a simple part of a daily routine and elevate it to something more enjoyable.
Being the practical person that I am, I don’t like to throw things away that still have plenty of good use in them(maybe you can relate). Since towels can last for a pretty long time, I tend to put off getting new ones until there are holes galore in the ones we have. My husband, on the other hand, really appreciates nice-looking towels in the house. Once they start to get too ratty, he doesn’t want to see them anymore.
Over time, I’ve come to see his point of view. It may be a small thing to get fresh towels a little more often, but it’s kind of surprising how much of a difference it makes. In the kitchen, having fresh and unstained towels make the dishes less of a chore. A normal bath or shower is a little more luxurious with a towel that, well, at the very least doesn’t have holes in it.
And when it comes to crochet, towels are actually a really great projects to work on. For one thing, they are flat and simple rectangles, which means there is no shaping to pay attention to. Also, they are easily done in very simple stitches(although there are more decorative designs out there, especially for washcloths). Both of these things mean that crocheting a towel is a great way to practice crochet as a beginner, and also a nice “easy” project for anyone.
About the Pattern
With this in mind, I’ve put together the Trevi Towel Pattern. It’s created to be very practical and last a long time. But, it has a few rows of simple decorative lacework to add a little more visual appeal. Worked mostly in single crochet, the texture turns out much like a tightly woven fabric. If I do say so myself, it’s a pleasure to work with!
In this hand towel or dishtowel size, the Trevi pattern only takes perhaps a few hours to work up. Since my version is made in a cotton that changes from black and white, it ends up looking like marble. The finished product reminded me of something from Rome or Greece, and specifically fountains made of marble. So, I thought of the Trevi fountain and the name seemed to fit!
Below, you’ll find the pattern step-by-step along with a few notes about crocheting this project. The end result measures about 10×24″, depending on how tightly the stitches are made. As a hand towel pattern, I would consider this to be suitable for beginners. But as I said earlier, it’s a nice easier project for anyone!
And before I forget, here’s the link for my downloadable Projects Planner that can help you intentionally organize all of your creative projects. I’ll talk a little more about that later.
The Trevi Towel Pattern
- Size H hook
- Approximately 160 yards of Size 4/Aran or heavy worsted cotton yarn.
If you would like a source with lots of different choices in your yarn, Love Knitting has a great selection. This link for their cotton yarns should take you to a page where the selection is already narrowed down to the weight you need for this hand towel pattern. With all the different colors available, you might even want to make towels that match the color schemes of each room!
- dc-double crochet
- When you see * *, everything inside the asterisks is meant to be repeated.
Rows 1-2: sc across(33 stitches. This continues for the rest of the work)
Row 3: chain 3. Skip one stitch and dc into the next stitch. *ch1, skip one stitch and dc into the next stitch*. Repeat across, putting a double crochet at the end of the row.
Rows 4-9(6 rows total): sc. In row 4 and every row right after our pattern of double crochet stitches and spaces, I like to sc into the spaces where applicable and sc into the tops of the double crochet stitches where applicable. To me this creates more of a “window” effect. If this is confusing, please just sc in these rows however you’d like.
Row 10: repeat row 3
Rows 11-66 (56 rows total): sc
Row 67: repeat row 3
Rows 68-73(6 rows total): sc
Row 74: repeat row 3
Rows 75-76: sc.
Weave in your ends, and you’re all done!
As I said, this pattern is overall pretty easy and simple as well. It’s a good candidate for a “take with you” project-something you can have in purse.
With that being said, I would highly recommend that you check your stitch count every few rows or so while working this pattern. If your towel edges still turn out a little uneven or you just like a really finished edge, you can certainly do a row or two of single crochet around the whole towel as a final step.
Final Encouragement(and some ideas for you)
So with this hand towel pattern (or whatever you might have in front of you today), I hope you’ll be inspired to work up some simple things that make the practical more enjoyable.
Now if you would like some more ideas for crochet projects for the home and elsewhere, be sure to check out my Crochet Ideas Master List. It’s a collection of ideas for projects you can do for the home(like the Trevi Towel) as well as wearables and accessories for yourself and others. There are limitless possibilities here because each item on this list can be made to suit your own style and preferences!
To get the master ideas list, simply click the button below and you’ll be able to sign up for my resource library(and get lots of other goodies, too!):
For more crochet projects for your home and family, check out the Projects page. And finally, if you finish a Trevi towel or one of my other patterns, I would love to see it! You can comment below or reach out on social media.
And finally, if you’d like to connect with other crocheters and to learn and encourage, check out my Facebook group: The Encouraging Crochet Community.
Keep the crafting Delightful!