This microfiber hand towel began its life as a dollar store cheapie, and I transformed it into something much prettier by adding a crocheted edging to it. I'm thinking that if any of you are ever broke and in need of a quick housewarming gift or bridal shower gift, this is one possibility that doesn't require much cash. And if you're not broke, great! Skip the dollar store and buy some really nice hand towels for edging; that's even better!
Crochet Skill Level: I'm not sure what skill level to attach to this pattern; I think perhaps this project is more about patience than it is about skill. The first row is definitely a challenge, although it's all single crochet; after that, the project is easy. I wouldn't recommend this as a first project, but if you're a total beginner you might do OK with it if you have a more experienced friend who is willing to help you get started. Otherwise, this is probably more of an intermediate level project.
Hand Towel: To make the project as shown, you'll need a microfiber hand towel measuring 14 inches wide (on the side you'll be edging.) My sample towel measured approximately 21 inches long before the edging was added.
Yarn: I used the "Soft Lilac" color of Bernat Softee baby yarn to crochet the edging pictured in the project sample. Bernat Softee is a "Light" yarn / 3 on the Craft Yarn Council's standard yarn weight system.
Crochet Hooks: I used two different crochet hooks for this project.
For the first row, I used a size 6 / 1.80 mm steel crochet hook. Note that this crochet hook would ordinarily be considered much too small for the yarn specified in the pattern; that's a big part of why the first row is so challenging. The steel crochet hook is a good choice for this project because it's sturdy and strong enough that you can stab it through the fabric of the towel; it's also small enough that you won't be poking gigantic holes in your towel.
Starting with row 2, you'll want to switch to a larger crochet hook; I used a size G / 6 – 4.25 mm aluminum crochet hook for rows 2 and up.
Other: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
There are approximately 15 sts per 4 inches when measured across the first two rows of the pattern. Row gauge is not important.
Design Notes: You may wish to crochet overtop of your first yarn end on each side of the towel; this will save you time later because it will leave you with only one end to weave in on each side of the towel.
How to Crochet the Towel Edging:
Row 1: If you're right-handed, start working from the right-hand corner of the towel; if you're left-handed, start in the left-hand corner. Work 51 sc sts across the towel edge as follows: Insert your crochet hook into the towel right below the hem. Pull up a loop of yarn. Ch 1 to secure it. Insert hook into towel again and pull up another loop. YO and pull through both loops on hook to complete the first sc st. Insert hook in towel again and pull up another loop; YO to complete the next sc st. Continue working sc sts in this manner all the way across the edge of the towel. When you've reached the end, switch to your larger crochet hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Work 1 sc st in each sc st across the row. (Total = 51 sc sts.) Ch 4, turn. This t-ch counts as the first dc st and the first ch st in Row 3.
Row 3: Skip first 2 sc sts, dc in next sc. [ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets all the way across the row. (Total = 26 dc sts and 25 ch sts – remember to include the t-ch in your count.) ch 1, turn.
Row 4: sc in first st. [ch 3, skip next ch, sc in next dc.] Repeat the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: [sl st in next ch-3 sp, 5 hdc in next ch-3 sp.] Repeat the sequence in brackets across the row. Sl st in last ch-3 sp; sl st in last st in row.
End off. Weave in loose end(s.)
Repeat on the other side so that both sides have pretty crocheted edgings.