Crochet Handtowel Scandinavian Style
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Just finished crocheting this handtowel and I’m so pleased with the result! It reminds me of my childhood. I’m as Scandinavian as they get as I was born in Denmark and have live here all my life. But I’m actually a swedish citizen as my mother’s side of the family are from Sweden. So my grandparents and cousins all live there.
And the style of the handtowel reminds me of sitting in my great-grandmothers cottage and eating strawberries with cream.
The moss/granite/linen stitch
This stitch has a lot of names, I usually call it the moss stitch.
Now a lot of bloggers will label this as “easy pattern”, and “beginner tutorial”. I’m don’t quite agree. Maybe it’s just me but this is definitely not the easiest stitch out there! At least not the first 2-3 rows. More on that as we go.
Pure cotton – the higher quality the better (otherwise it gets foggy after a few washes and it wont absorb the water from your hands, and then whats the point?)
I use 2 skein white and 1 blue of this: Loveknitting Tahki Cotton
A 4 mm crochet hook (G/6)
Starting: For a handtowel sized 30 x 50 cm (12″ x 19.5″) chain 100. I know this seems like a lot (I usually chain 80 for a handtowel), but this stitch requires a looong foundation chain.
First of the problems: I found that I need to crochet in both loops in the foundation chain and not just the back loop as I, and many others, usually do. Otherwise I get a row of “holes”.
I just got a new crochet program! And I love it! It can draw up crochet stitch patterns so fast! check it out for the moss stitch:
Okay, it may not be perfect, I’m still learning, I can see some of the stitches isn’t totally aligned, but I hope you get the point.
The program can be downloaded for free here: http://stitchworkssoftware.com/
Start: Chain an even number of stitches, single crochet in 4th chain from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next* repeat *…* to end, you’ll finish with a sc.
Row 2: Chain 2, Sc in the next ch1 space, *ch 1, sc in the next ch1 space* repeat *…* to end, finishing with a sc in the ch3 space at the start of the first row.
Row 3: Chain 2, Sc in the next ch1 space, *ch 1, sc in the next ch1 space* repeat *…* to end, finishing with a sc in the ch2 space at the start of the second row.
Repeat row 3.
I found it very difficult so see in the first and second row where to crochet, This takes some crochet practising to recognize. This is what it looks like after the first couple of rows:
You’ll need to crochet the sc in between the V’s marked blue. Unfortunately it’s not easier to see in the beginning.
Any mistakes in the stitch are very easy to see. I made a few of them, but fortunately I think they make the handtowel look more rustique. That would be a personal preference.
But it’s not all bad
I don’t want to scare any of you of away, I’m just being honest.
I love this stitch, and it becomes VERY easy after the first two rows. I can do it without looking at the work – that means I can follow my TV shows without missing anything as I usually do – YAY!
And since you only sort of crochet every other stitch it’s very fast.
And it’s so pretty!!
The Scandinavian Style
If there’s anything we love more than white, red and blue I don’t know.
So from the bottom:
5 cm white (2 inches)
5 cm blue (2 inches)
2 cm white (0.8 inches)
2 cm blue (0.8 inches)
And then just crochet in white until it measures 50 cm in total (19.5 inches)
In the second to last row I chained 15 and skipped 8 sc (+ 7 chains in between them) to make a loop for hanging the handtowel on a hook.
In the last row I crochet 16 single crochet in the chain space I made in the row before.
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