Crochet Tea Towel Pattern

Crochet Tea Towel Pattern
January 17, 2019 Carly Crochet Coach

When I first started crocheting, I had some mates of mine ask if I could make them some crocheted topped tea towels. They absolutely love them but didn’t love the style that most people make them in. They were after something a bit more modern and funkier so I made them a brightly coloured set out of Missoni tea towels and they were a big hit, so I thought it was about time to do a modern crochet tea towel pattern.  

Most patterns for crochet topped tea towels advise cutting the tea towel in half so you can get two out of the same tea towel. I’m not against doing this but there are two reasons why I didn’t do that for this design. 

  1. It requires getting the sewing machine out to hem the raw edge which can be a big deterrent for some crocheters. 
  2. I tend to use tea towels as oven mitts (which I’m sure many people do!) and that extra layer is often the difference between safely getting something out of the oven and burning your entire hand. 

These make great gifts for housewarming parties, kitchen teas and even Christmas and birthdays. Everyone loves a practical gift, and these are also super affordable. They use a very small amount of yarn (perfect for using up any half balls of cotton yarn you have lying around!) so you can generally make them for the cost of the tea towel alone. Bargain, right? 

Finished Size

Tea towel – 50cm x 70cm (19.6 inches x 27.5 inches) 

Top – 27cm (10.6 inches) from first row to final row


Gauge is not crucial to this project 

Terminology: US terminology

What You Need 

1 – 50cm by 70cm (19.6 x 27.5 inch) tea towel (I bought mine from Woolies, but you can get them at Spotlight, Target, Ikea… heaps of places!)

Sullivan’s Crochet Cotton Satin 2ply (1.76 oz/50g; 420 yds/384m; 100% double mercerized cotton)1 ball in Lipstick

US 4 (2mm) steel hook 

US E/4 (3.5mm) hook

US 16 (0.60mm) steel hook – optional 

Embroidery needle 


The Crochet Topped Tea Towel pattern (with full instructions and video tutorial) is available as part of a Crochet Coach coach subscription – you can sign up here! There’s a 7-day free trial too. 

This is a great project for last minute (and very useful!) gifts and if you really go hard you can probably knock over at least one in an evening.

Not too keen on making crochet topped tea towels? Here some other projects you might like to make.

Quick and Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern 

Crochet Scarf Pattern: The Tapered Pom Pom Scarf

Art Teacher Crochet Cardigan Pattern 

Crochet Toys: Scrappy Rabbit Baby Rattle Pattern 

What’s your favourite crochet tea towel pattern? Have you ever made one before?


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