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Crochet Tea Towel – Free Pattern

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If you like to refresh the look of your kitchen decor then there is always a way to do that with a little crochet. I would like to share with you this easy crochet tea towel pattern. It is easily adjustable so you can make it bigger (a towel for your bathroom, perhaps?) or smaller (dishcloths, washcloths, coasters) and choose your favourite colours to brighten up your day!

The pattern is using single crochet and chain stitches which makes it a great beginner crochet kitchen towel. This sequence of single crochets and chain stitches is also known as the Moss Stitch (also Linen or Granite stitch).

Crochet Tea / Dish Towel Free Pattern

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Skill level


You’ll need to know how to:

Crochet Tea Towel Dimensions

10″ x 19″ (25cm x 48cm)


12 SC Sts in pattern x 21 rows = 4″ (10cm)


Yarn: Flinders 4 Seasons (use any brand you like but make sure it’s 100% cotton)

(100% Cotton, 8ply/DK/light weight 3)

in 1 skein 126 yards / 115 m, 50g/1.76 oz

Colours: white and light grey (1 skein in each colour)

Hook: 4mm (G/6)

Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)


Special Stitches

Moss Stitch = a repeat of [single crochet, chain 1, skip one stitch].

If you are new to this stitch or would like to refresh your memory, you can take a look at this short video demonstration of the stitch in this post.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch = chain

St(s) = stitch(es)

Sl St = slip stitch

SC = single crochet

Sk = skip

Ch-1-Sp = chain-1-space

MC = main colour

CC = contrasting colour

Pattern Notes

  • You can adjust the width of your towel by chaining more or less (any even number).
  • You can adjust the length of your towel by adjusting the number of rows.
  • There are 106 rows in this towel. You may have a different amount of rows depending on your gauge.
  • I have used up 2 balls of yarn (1 ball of each colour). If you want a bigger size you’ll need more yarn.
  • Chain 2 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • Change colour every 2 rows.
  • Always change colour in the last stitch of a row.
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Crochet Tea Towel Free Pattern Instructions

Ch 56 (with you MC) or any even number.

Row 1: SC in 4th Ch and across the row. (53 total). Ch 2 and turn.

Row 2: SC in second St, *chain 1, skip 1 St and work a SC in the next after that. Repeat from * to end row. Last St should be a SC.

Change to CC in the middle of the last stitch. (27 SC in total).

Watch the short video demonstraton on how to switch between the colours without having long strings of yarn on the side of your towel.

How to join new colour and carry yarn up the side – Video Demonstration

Row 3 (with the CC): Work a SC in the first space between the stitches from the previous row (the chain-1-space).

*Ch 1 and work a SC in the next Ch-1-Sp. Repeat from * to end of row. Last SC goes between the stitch and turning chain. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 4: SC in the first Ch-1-Sp, *Ch 1, SC in next Ch-1-Sp. Repeat from * to end of row. Change colour in last St. Ch 2 and turn.

Rows 5-105: repeat rows 3 and 4. Switch between MC and CC every 2 rows.

Row 106 (last row): SC in first and every St to end of row.

You should be finishing with the same colour you started with. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Coasters (optional)

Make matching coasters by chaining 20 with the MC and following the same pattern as the kitchen towel. Make 18 rows or when you have a square.

I hope you like this pattern!

You can get the ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Etsy Shop or in Ravelry here.

Thank you for stopping by and making this lovely crochet project with me!

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4 replies on “Crochet Tea Towel – Free Pattern”

Beautiful work! Thank you for share!

In search of a special gift for my grandsons wedding, they love the kitchen so a towel set sounds perfect. Although it took me much longer, it was an easy pattern to follow and videos always add extra support. I wanted to thank you for your beautiful tea towel.

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