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Do you know what linked crochet stitches are? If you don’t this post and pattern will get you in the know quickly!
Linked crochet stitches are a method that joins two stitches for texture or for support. If you have worked with drapey yarns that droop you know. Linked stitches provide support so the design holds its shape.
Linked crochet stitches also give a different texture as shown in the video and in this pattern.
This towel uses two stitches to create the texture. Linked single crochet and regular single crochet.
The tricky part with linked stitches is that they “lean” and can cause the project to slant at the edges if you are alternating a linked row with a regular stitch row. I have fixed that with this two row repeat with some special stitching at the start and end of the rows.
You may like this soft floppy crochet towel pattern.
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Measurement 14.5″ x 20.5″
Gauge : 4″ = 17 rows, 16 sts across
- 6 mm crochet hook and 5.5 mm hook for side border
- category 4 cotton yarn (yarn shown is HOBBY LOBBY I LOVE THIS COTTON in white (two 3.5 ounce skeins) small amounts of and black (color 3) and Paintbox cotton aran in mustard (color 1) yellow and slate grey (color 2)
- tapestry needle
- embroidery scissors
- Blocking materials. I like the blocking mat with grid lines so all edges are aligned perfectly.
Row 1: In second ch from hook, sc across. 55 sts. Keep stitch count throughout.
Row 2 & 3: Ch 1, sc across row.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in 1st st. Go into same stitch pull up a loop then go into next stitch and pull up another loop, pick up a loop and draw through all three loops on hook. Repeat across row to end. add a slip stitch to last row to “even” out row. Ch 1 turn.
See video on how the slip stich is used in this pattern. You will add a stitch on row 5 and remove a stitch on row 6.
Row 5: Work a sc into slip stitch and across row. Slip stitch an additional stitch in side of last stitch to even out row. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 6: Skip first stitch (and slipped stitch) and sc in next. Then work linked stitch sequence as follows: sc in second st. Go into same stitch pull up a loop then go into next stitch and pull up another loop, pick up a loop and draw through all three loops on hook. Repeat across row to end. Add a slip stitch to side post of last row to “even” out row. Ch 1 turn.
Row 7 -12: Repeat rows 5 & 6.
Row 13-14: Bring up color 3 (black) at end of row 12 and work row 5 and 6.
Row 15-18: Bring up main color and work rows 5 and 6 twice.
Row 19-20: Bring up color 2 (gray) and work row 5 and 6.
Row 21-24: Bring up main color and work rows 5 and 6 twice.
Row 25-26: Bring up color 1 (yellow) and work rows 5 ad 6.
Row 27-66: Bring up main color and work rows 5 and 6. You may make more or less rows here in the main body area to adjust final length of your kitchen towel.
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Row 67-68: Bring up color 1 (yellow) and work rows 5 and 6.
Row 69-72: Bring up main color and work row 5 and 6.
Row 73-74: Bring up color 2 (gray) and work row 5 and 6.
Row 75-78: Bring up main color and work rows 5 and 6 twice.
Row 79-82: Bring up color 3 (black) and work row 5 and 6.
Row 83 -90: continue with main color and repeat rows and 5.
Row 90-92: sc across. Ch 1 and work border down long side with evenly spaced sc stitches. Ch 1, turn and work second side border row. Attach yarn to other side to work two side border rows. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Block by securing to blocking mat in an even shape. Spray with water and allow to dry overnight.