2017 is the year of the rooster according to the Chinese calendar.So you are going to see roosters everywhere in household items. I embroidered this rooster towel using an Aunt Martha’s iron on pattern for the embroidery pattern #3753. It is a current transfer pattern that can be found on Aunt Martha’s internet site. Since the towel I was going to work with was red trimmed, it just made sense to do the design in turkey redwork. This was easy because the only skill was needed was a simple outline stitch.
When I was finished with the embroidery, I chose to do add a crocheted edge. It needed something more then just a standard towel edging. On my pininterst board I had pinned many ideas in edgings. so I went there first. The little chicken boarder was calling to me, so I gave it a try. I am an advanced thread crocheter and learned as a child. In fact the person who taught me would work some of her doilies from pictures. I don’t always have to have a written pattern or drawing. It is nice to challenge yourself once in awhile. I have to admit I enjoyed making this.
The instructions for this crocheted edging is here and you will need to use the translator. It is a little hard at first if you are not used to looking at a picture instructions to copy the pattern. This international pattern can help you get started. After you get the first row done you should be able to follow the rest by the pictures. You start at the bottom of the drawing. The little loops that look like beads are chains. The other symbol is an American triple crochet. The two lines across it means to wrap your thread around the hook’s shaft twice to be worked off. If there was only one it would be an American double crochet. There are charts that you can find on the internet that give all the international symbols and the equivalent nomenclature for US crochet stitches.
To finish it I embroidered the eyes and did not use beads. I didn’t have any and since this was a towel that would be used in drying dishes or on display in the kitchen, beads just seemed impractical. I hand sewed the edging on to the towel.
This towel will be going on sale in my Etsy store Janellescupboard.