beach towel

August 17th, 2010

We are going to the lake next week to swim and sit on the beach and do lots and lots of nothing.  I saw some beautiful linen towels online and thought I could pick up a couple yards of linen and make my own to take with us. I wanted to get 100% linen, but this striped rayon/linen blend was too awesome to pass up. I got 2 1/4 yards, left the salvages as is and hemmed the raw edges, then using this helpful tutorial (by the fabulous cal patch) I crocheted right into the fabric.

The edging pattern comes from the book Crocheting on the Edge* by Nicky Epstein, which has tons of edging patterns (duh) all given in both charted and written directions, which for me is super helpful.

*I have joined the amazon associates program, so if you follow this link and then buy the book you will also be putting a few pennies in the elsie marley cup. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but been quite hesitant to because I don’t want to get all advertise-y on your ass.  But I’m not going to link to any random thing–wow, that be annoying.  I have books that I genuinely love and want to tell you about and, all told, the profits I’ll make will probably be enough to buy a cup of coffee.  So if you’d like to buy me a cup of coffee :) you can go over to my amazon book store and check it out!

Back to the project: I obviously haven’t finished the pattern yet–I have to put the fringes on, do the other side of the blanket and block it. It is a little more shabby chic then I would have liked, but next time I’ll just make the edging a little simpler.  The “yarn” I used cotton twine and I freakin love it: it’s smooth, just the right thickness (I’d say worsted weight size, but I could be talking out by ass here) and cheap as all get out.  I have already started another–bigger–project with it. And with any luck it will be full of sand and finished by the time we get back.

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12 Responses to beach towel

  1. It’s beautiful. I love the idea of linen, too. I always like taking bedsheets to the beach—-so big and less sand-grabbing than terry—not as elegant as this linen, though. I’ve gotta learn to crochet.

  2. mon ami says:

    This is crazy gorgeous and you are crazy amazing! I hope you get lots of use out of the blanket this summer.

  3. dani says:



  4. Kim says:

    Can you tell me where online you bought this great fabric? I love the whole project!

  5. meg says:

    Thanks everyone!

    Kim–I got it at JoAnn’s with my handy dandy 40% off coupon.

    Dani–I have 1900 yards (really!) of this twine, so there will be many many more projects.

  6. sara says:

    I love that towel idea, I have made baby blankets the same way. May just have to bust one of those out. BEAUTIFUL!!

  7. Tuia says:

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I have been hesitant to use such a thin yarn to crochet but now I just might have to. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Kristine says:

    It looks terribly pretty as is. If you don’t get round to the fringing before you head to the beach it wouldn’t matter

  9. cheryl says:

    Wow, that’s gorgeous! Makes me wish I could actually figure out how to follow a crochet pattern.

  10. Um, that is SERIOUSLY amazing. I would definitely buy one of those if you decided to start selling them! I am sure all the hand crocheting would really ratchet up the price though… lol So pretty.

  11. Alex says:

    Fantastic! And I love the idea of a linen towel.

  12. Holly says:

    we are at the lake this week too! It is that last ditch swing at summer before school starts again. Those towels though! Lovely.