The humble, every day, and essential tea towel. This griddle stitch crochet tea towel will quickly become a favorite in your collection. They are a cook’s best friend. Thick or thin. Long or short. These multi-purpose cloths can do almost anything. I love them. I don’t know about you but I have a wide variety of them for various tasks. They’re sort of like the kitchen superhero in disguise.
What Is A Tea Towel?
A tea towel is a soft cloth made of linen or cotton or a combination of both. A true tea towel is never terry cloth. Originally they really were for keeping tea hot inside the teapot. Also, they were for drying those delicate porcelain heirlooms that families wanted to preserve.
The Lovely Griddle Stitch
The griddle stitch is a really cool textural stitch that is easily made with single and double crochets. When thinking and searching for the right stitch to make this pattern, I thought that it would be neat to make a kitchen item with a stitch named after another kitchen item. Not to mention that it’s a super simple stitch pattern so you can make this and have an awesome handmade tea towel.
Mad Cool Things That You Can Do With Crochet Tea Towels
- Wrap your baked goods and keep them warm by lining your basket or bowl with them.
- Use them as a hot pad. When folded it is a great hot pad to protect the table or counter.
- Line your serving tray to catch drips and spills.
- Keep your greens fresh. Tuck a tea towel in your bag before placing it in the refrigerator to keep them dry.
- Use them as a drying mat. Lay a tea towel on your counter to rest and air dry clean dishes.
- Line your shelves. Use tea towels to catch drips from almost dry dishes in your cupboard.
- Use in your powder room. Instead of hand towels try a tea towel or two.
- Drying hands in the kitchen. Ok, this one is obvious but I had to put it in this list. Cut down on that single-use paper.
- Does the dining table need a little refresh? Use colorful tea towels as placemats.
- Pillow covers. Turn one into a pillow by folding it lengthwise and sew the open sides together. Next, stuff the tea towel with a pillow insert and sew it shut to complete.
Sizing For Your Griddle Stitch Crochet Tea Towel
Just what is the standard size for a tea towel? I looked it up for you and it seems to be right around 20″ x 30″ or 18″ x 28″. Mine in this pattern is shorter but because they are made with 24/7 Cotton from Lion Brand, they have some stretch.
Without further ado, my simple griddle stitch crochet tea towel! Scroll down to see the free pattern. If you would like an ad-free, printable PDF pattern head over to my Etsy shop here.
Griddle Stitch Tea Towel
Written in US Terms
2 Skeins Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Silver
1 Skein in White
5mm H Crochet Hook
Finished size: Approx. 19.5” x 17.5”
Gauge: Not super important. (15 stitches by 12 rows)
Griddle Stitch: You are stacking SC on top of DC and DC on top of SC. The turning chain does count as a DC.
Color A: Gray/Yellow/Brown Color B: White
SC: Single Crochet DC: Double Crochet
CH: Chain ST(s): Stitch(es)
CH62 with color A.
Row 1: SC in 3rd CH from the hook. DC in the next CH. Alternate SC and DC until you reach the end. The last ST will be a SC in the turning chain. CH3 and turn.
Row 2: SC in the 1st DC from the previous row. DC in the next ST. Alternate SC and DC until you reach the end. The last ST will be a SC in the turning chain. CH3 and turn.
Row 3: Repeat row 2.
Row 4: Change to color B. Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 5: Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 6: Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 7: Change to color A. Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn. Continue until the towel measures approx 17.5” in length.
Row 42: Change to color B. Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 43: Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 44: Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 45: Change to color A. Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 46: Repeat row 2. CH 3 and turn.
Row 47: Repeat row 2. End with a SC in the last ST. Fasten off and weave in ends.
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