Crochet Edged Tea Towel Pattern

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Crochet Edged Tea Towel Pattern

I have been very excited for this post … crochet edged tea towels are one of my favorite things and a pretty and easy way to add some color to your kitchen! So grab a towel and let’s get started …

 Crochet Edged Tea Towel Pattern

Crochet Tea Towel Pattern

Here’s what you will need:

  • lightweight tea towel
  • crochet thread
  • sewing needle
  • 2.5 mm hook
  • scissors

Click here to reference Crochet Abbreviations or here to reference Crochet Stitch Symbols.


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Before beginning, sew a blanket stitch across the edge of your towel using the tutorial here. If you prefer, an alternate option would be to use a sharp crochet hook to edge the blanket as I showed in my Quick and Easy Blanket Edgings post here

Crochet edging is worked in a multiple of 8 + 1.

With wrong side of towel facing you, join crochet thread in first blanket stitch on right side.

Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), sc evenly into blanket stitches along edge for a multiple of 8 + 1 stitches, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), work 1 sc in 1st st, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 2, skip next st, 3 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts, 1 sc in next, rep from * across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *ch 1, work 1 dc in 2nd st of 3-dc group, ch 1, [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in ch-2 sp, ch 1, work 1 dc in 2nd st of 3-dc group, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, rep from * across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), *work 1 sc in each st and ch-1 sp to next ch-2 sp, [1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc] in ch-2 sp, rep from * across.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Here is a diagram of the pattern repeat in case it is easier for you to have a visual …

crochet edging pattern

Block edging if desired… you can find my free tutorial on How to Block Knit and Crochet Items here.

blocking crochet borders

For more edging patterns that can be used, see my Quick and Easy Blanket Edgings post here.

crochet border tea towels


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22 Responses to Crochet Edged Tea Towel Pattern

  1. diane March 5, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    that’s a great border – thank you!

    another alternative – most basic sewing machines have a blanket stitch and this also can be used. i’ve also had good results using the zig zag stitch if there’s not a blanket stitch option.

    • Kara March 5, 2014 at 9:01 am #

      Great suggestions, Diane!

  2. Linda March 5, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    This is very pretty, the pattern could also be used to edge a blanket. On the blocking, is pinning all you do, or is there more to it? Thanks for all the great ideas and patterns you share.

    • Kara March 5, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks so much, Linda! When I block, I pin my piece into shape and then spritz it with water and let dry. Hope that helps 🙂

    • Teresa March 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      This would also be pretty as an edging on sheets and/or pillow cases.

  3. Debi Y. March 5, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing your pattern with us. 🙂

  4. priscilla March 5, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Love, love, love !

  5. Julie March 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Oh this is so pretty and you make it look very achievable as well. I love your colour choices.

  6. Gayla March 6, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    These towels have the most cheery feeling in the world! I would love to try them. I crochet, but not often with thread. This looks like I might try it. My grandmothers put edging on everything! I miss those sweet hand towels, hankies, and cloths for drying dishes. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Cheryl March 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for this tutorial. I have a question regarding crochet thread sizes. I have seen several patterns where gauge seems to matter, but the instructions don’t specify which size thread to use. At the craft stores, crochet thread comes in a variety of sizes, but on this pattern as well as a few others, the size is not listed. One response was that the thread didn’t have a size. Any suggestions?

  8. The Funster March 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    These edges would even look great on curtains! Also, with the bright colors, it looks like you’re already for summer! (LOL)!

    • Kara March 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      Oooh … What a nice idea!

  9. Lynda Treen March 17, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Love these!! Where did you get those towels? All I can ever find is cheapy terry towels with nasty prints on them!!!

    • Kara March 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      I actually got these at Marshalls 🙂

  10. Clotilde/Craftybegonia May 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Lovely edge, would make any tea towel look elegant!

  11. marie france June 29, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Très jolies les bordures, est ce que le blog peut recevoir la traduction en français ? merci d’avance pour votre réponse

  12. Ann July 8, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    thank y ou for pattern with GRAPH JUST what I needed

  13. Linda C. February 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi Kara. I have my tea towels but am uncertain about the size crochet thread to use. Could you please share the name and size of crochet thread you used for this project? Thanks so much. Linda

    • petalstopicots February 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

      Hi Linda 🙂 I used Size 10 crochet thread. Hope that helps!

  14. neelam sahu September 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    that is a great design

  15. Mary Thomas January 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Love the edging. Will have to give it a try. Keep up the good work.

  16. Michelle May 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Love this! I’m using this as a housewarming gift for a friend. I was wondering…did you put the crochet border on 2 edges of the towel or on just 1 edge?

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