“Hold My Towel” Holder

While crocheting a hat for “From Netta, With Love” I was trying to think of a small project I could whip up to offer on my crochet page.  Something that would make a great gift but still be affordable.  I didn’t want to pause what I was working on and search the web so I tried to think of something that I could easily make up a pattern for on my own.  Project decided, I finished the hat and then got out all the materials I thought I would need for the new project and got to work playing around with how I wanted it to look.  I went with a simple design that could be “dressed up” by using decorative or colorful buttons.  These would work on your oven door handle, fridge handle or even on the towel rack in your bathroom.  Stay with me.  I know that last one sounded kind of silly but these holders are for hand towels so think about it.  You could choose a different button for each member in the family and so they would each have their own holder.

Make sure to check clearance areas wherever you buy your materials. You may just find some awesome buttons for a super cheap price! Also keep in mind that your buttons do not have to be round 😉

This holder would be awesome as part of a kitchen gift set.  I have included a picture of a possible gift set option.  In this set I included 2 “Hold My Towel” Holders, 1 Flower Hot Pad (Ravelry Pattern) and 1 Round Pot Holder (I worked up 2 circles and then connected them with a round of slip stitches. The sky is the limit with this one)

finshed holder set 1

 

“Hold My Towel” Holder

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn *I used Sugar & Cream cotton yarn but acrylic would work too* I do not know exact yardage but it’s not very much
G – 4.5mm Hook
2 Ponytail elastics
Embroidery needle
Button *this is what will “dress up” your holder* and thread to attach

Towel Holder Materials

Notes:

  1. CH 1 and CH 2 do not count as a stitch throughout the pattern
  2. If you are wanting to use a rather large button then I would suggest doing a treble crochet instead of a double crochet  and possibly 1-2 more chains on your button hole row (Row 18)

Stitches:
SL – slip stitch
Rd – round
CH – chain
Sc Cr – single crochet
Dbl Cr – double croche
St – stitch
Sts – stitches

SL to attach yarn to elastic. CH 1

sl to start holder.jpg
Rd 1- Sc around elastic until it is completely covered. SL into 1st sc. Ch 2

sc around holder.jpg

-You will now be working in rows to make the strap-
Row 2 – dbl cr in same st as CH 2. Dbl cr in next 7 st. CH 1 and turn
Row 3 – sc in same st as CH . sc in next 7 sc. CH 2 and turn.

Holder Sc row
Rows 4-17 – repeat row 2-3
Row 18 – dbl in same st as CH. Dbl in next 3sts, ch2 (this will be your button hole), dbl into last 4 stitches. CH 1. Do not turn.

Holder Button Hole.jpg

Edging- sc 3 into the side of the dbl cr. (This will make you corner) Sc down the side of the strap. Once you reach the ring, SL st around until you reach the other side of the strap. Sc up the side of the strap. When you reach the last row of dbl sc 3. Sc across the top of the strap. SL st into the 1st sc of the edging. Tie off and weave in your ends.

Attach button of choice with thread of choice and there you have it!

Completed Holder.jpg

 

Note: Please do not copy or sell this pattern in any way. If you choose to sell completed items please remember providing a link back to this pattern is always appreciated, but not required.

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“From Netta, With Love”

 

One day while working on a crochet project I was thinking about a conversation R and I had had awhile back.  In the area where we live in it is not uncommon to see someone down on their luck standing on the lane dividers at intersections asking for any help people are willing to give.  Now, I know there are some individuals who will do this even when they don’t “need” it or that will scoff if they think you gave them to little of an amount but every time he mentions that someone is standing there my heart suffers a sadness.  One of my greatest wishes is for everyone to be comfortable in life.  To not have to worry about if they will eat today or whether they will have a place to sleep tonight or if they will have to sleep outside and battle whatever weather we may be having.  To feel safe and warm.

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While sitting there I was trying to figure out a way I could help…..and then the light bulb went off.  The answer was literally right in front of me.  I may not have anything to give money wise but I do have yarn.  I can crochet.  I then went on to think of what I could make.  At first I thought about mats crocheted using plastic grocery bags like I had heard about on Facebook but quickly realized as awesome as that would be it was just not something I felt I could tackle on my own.  The turn around of finishing one would take me an enormous amount of time due to what it took to simply prepare the bags to crochet.  So for now that thought has been filed in the brain box to possibly be revisited another day.  It was then that I thought about how uncomfortable it can be outside when it gets cold.  Another light bulb.  Hats.  I could make hats.

 

I am not the fastest crocheter but I have decided to challenge myself to make a minimum of one hat a day.  365 hats in a year?  I think I can do that.

Project decided, I then thought about how I would want to hand them out.  Not being able to drive or navigate unfamiliar areas on my own put some limitations on my options so I thought about who could do the that part of the “leg work” and I immediately thought about local charities.  From there this is what I decided…

  1.  I want to keep a small box in our car and when he sees someone while we are out and about down on their luck I want to give them a hat, thoughtful words and a smile.  And…
  2.  I am going to pick 2 charities/organizations (Links to their websites are below)  and I am going to start making donations.  As of right now I plan to alternate yearly between the two.  If I am able to crank out more hats that I am anticipating then I will divide them between the two charities.

It may be a small gesture but if I can help even one person be warm and not have to make the decision of whether they will eat today (or for several days) or use the money they have collected to buy a cheap hat to help keep them warm than I will be happy.

Chosen charities/organizations:

Horizon House: Website

Wheeler Mission Ministries: Website

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank R, my family and all of my friends who have been so supportive with this decision. I would especially like to thank my book sisters from Bink’s Clubhouse for helping me decide what to call this hat adventure that I am going on. They made name suggestions and then voted on favorites. A special hat tip to Manda Laurie for suggesting “From Netta, With Love”.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

-Mother Teresa