Solid Shell Stitch Towel Topper Free Crochet Pattern

Decorate towels with solid shell stitch crochet

Crochet Towel
Handmade Crochet Towels Personalize A Home. Photo By Gervanio Guimaraes / Getty Images

Learning to crochet towel toppers is a great project for crafters of all skill levels. You can purchase a bunch of very affordable towels and quickly add crochet toppers to them to create personalized handmade towels. These one-of-a-kind towels or sets of matching towels add a nice touch to your own home. They also make great gifts for people for all occasions. This guide explains exactly how to use the solid crochet shell stitch to create a towel topper.

Crochet Abbreviations: 

  • ch = chain
  • ea = each
  • dc = double crochet
  • emb. = embroidery
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc dec = single crochet decrease (How to sc dec over next 2 stitches)
  • sp = space

Required Materials:

  • Yarn: approximately 1 oz. of worsted weight yarn
  • Crochet Hook: US size H hook

Pattern Note:

You will turn at the end of each row.

Before You Begin:

You are going to need to work some embroidery stitches into your crochet towel to create a place to attach the crochet. It is helpful if you already know how to do embroidery chain stitches and crochet through those embroidery chains.

  • To begin: Fold the towel in half, with the two shorter edges lined up (the top and the bottom of the towel). Mark the center with sewing pins or with a disappearing ink fabric marker, if necessary (unless the design of the towel already provides a way to see a straight line across the center). Using this as a guideline, make a row of embroidery chain stitches across the center line (this will be used to attach the crocheting to the towel).
  • NoteThe amount you create will vary by towel size and embroidery placement. One example, used throughout this pattern, would be to make 42 emb. chain stitches across the center by making each emb. chain about 1/4 inch long across an average size towel.
  • If you prefer to use the method of poking holes in the towel in order to crochet the first row directly into the towel, make 21 sc across (or do a foundation row of 42 sc across then do a row of sc decreases, with each decrease made over each 2 sc), to result in 21 sc ... then continue with the row 2 instructions below.
  • If you have another favorite method for attaching crochet stitches to fabric, feel free to use that instead.

Towel Topper Crochet Pattern

  • Row 1: Attach yarn around the first embroidery chain stitch. Draw the yarn through under the chain stitch, make a chain-1, draw the yarn through under the same chain stitch, draw the yarn through under the next chain stitch, yarn over the hook, draw yarn through all loops on the hook (one single crochet decrease made over two embroidery chain stitches). Continue in this same manner to make a single crochet decrease over each two emb. chain stitches across the row. If you made 42 emb. chain stitches across, then the decreases will come out even. If you had fewer (or more) than 42 emb. chain stitches made for the beginning, you can still make this come out to 21 sc in Row 1, by making a single crochet in just one emb. chain stitch as many times as needed (if you had fewer than 42 chains) or by drawing the yarn through 2 chains but also through a 3rd chain when beginning a decrease (to decrease one extra emb. chain in that decrease) then completing as a single crochet (if you have more than 42 chains to work into). When you finish, you should have 21 sc in row 1.
  • Row 2: ch 1 (to turn), sc in the first sc, * skip next sc, 5 dc all in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 4 more times.
  • Row 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same place as ch-3 just made, * skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc all in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 3 more times, then skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in last sc.
  • Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same place as ch-3 just made, skip next dc, skip next sc, * skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc all in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 2 more times, then skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, skip next sc, skip next dc, 2 dc in last dc.
  • Row 5: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same place as ch-3 just made, skip next dc, dc in next sc, * skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc all in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** once more, then skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc, skip next dc, 2 dc in last dc.
  • Row 6: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same place as ch-3 just made, skip next 2 dc, dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc all in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in last dc.
  • Row 7: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next sc, skip next dc, dc in next dc, dc in last dc.
  • Row 8: ch 1, sc in first dc, sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in next sc, sc in ea of last 3 dc.
  • Rows 9 - 27: ch 1, sc in ea sc across. (7 sc)
  • Row 28: ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sc, chain 3, skip next 3 sc (to make a buttonhole opening), sc dec over last 2 dc. (5 sc)
  • Row 29: ch 1, sc in first sc, 3 sc in chain-3 space, sc in last sc.

Finishing

End off, leaving a strand for weaving in. Weave in the ends, to secure.

Button: On the right side of the piece, sew a button over the center of row 10. Fold the top part forward and push the button through the buttonhole (the flap formed by this can be used to attach the towel topper to a drawer handle or refrigerator door handle or so forth).