Free crochet dishtowel pattern – The Canterbury dishtowel

Free cochet dishtowel pattern

I love the look of crochet kitchen dishtowels! I first started to use them to add visual interest to my food photography images but I found I was reaching for them on a day to day basis as trivets, placemats and moving around warm dishes. Single-ply crochet is not an effective proper potholder but all other warm, not hot, dishes, crockery and pans can comfortably be handled with this.

Handy tips on using cotton crochet towels in the kitchen

I like to put them under my mini crock casseroles for single-serve things like quiche (in the air fryer!), mac and cheese, or anything else you can fit into a gratin dish and bake to bubbly perfection. They absorb steam and moisture so your dishes won’t leave watermarks. I also use smaller cotton crochet clothes for my toast to absorb moisture while I butter it and it stays crisp instead of sweating and getting soggy on one side from resting on a plate.

Always use pure cotton for your kitchen items so they don’t melt, or worst case, burn / catch fire. Cotton is absorbent , doesn’t hold heat and resists burning.

Making your own crochet cotton towels allows you to really customize colors to match your decor. You can even make them holiday specific so you have them to bring out at special times of year.

I love this towel so much I made it in multiple colors. For the teal and white towel I used paintbox cotton. The tan and white color set are lion brand 24/7 cotton yarn.

You may also like this soft floppy crochet dishtowel free pattern.

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Towel specs and tools

Finished size approx 14 x 18″. Notes in pattern to make wider and/or longer.


  • 5 ounces worst weight cotton,, plus yarn for contrasting stripe (color A & B)
  • Size J & K crochet hooks (5mm & 6.5mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors


SC: Single Crochet

HDC: Half Double Crochet

DC: Double Crochet

SKS: Skip Stitch

CH: Chain

ST: Stitch

Make it:

Tip: Do not crochet tight stitches. Keep your wrist movements loose and comfortable. Towel should be a slightly open weave and drape to have a cloth-like movement. You may go up a hook size if you like to achieve this with worsted yarn. It will affect the finished size slightly.

Using size J hook chain 53 (or odd number of stitches to achieve the width you’d like).

Row 1:  Ch 1, turn and starting in first stitch from hook work sc across each stitch (52 st). Ch 1, turn. Maintain 52 count throughout .

Row 2: HDC in first stitch. *Skip next stitch and work (1sc, 1dc) in next st.*  Repeat from * finishing with HDC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (see image 1 on next page.)

Crochet dishtowel free pattern

Row 3-10 repeat row 2. 

Begin accent row now

Row 11: After ch 1 turn, use K hook introduce color B across row 11 using a sc for all 52 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 12-14: repeat sc across all stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 15-56 Return to J hook and color A

and repeat row 2. Or continue to desired length.

Row 56: Sc across all 52 stitches. Secure and weave in ends.

Tag me on instagram if you make this towel. I would love to see the color combinations you pick! @livechilllife