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Rush rush rush. Life just isn’t slowing down and it’s a whirlwind of busyness. Evening time is especially chaotic for most families and between cooking, dishes, bath time, and finally bedtime it often looks similar to the running of the bulls. I mean, it’s pretty rough right?! At the end of the day when the house is quiet, I often reflect on the day and think about all the amazing small moments that at the time didn’t seem like a big deal, but they are actually the moments I will treasure. One of those moments is listening to my family.

However, I’m not always great at it and I need a little help. We are all tied to social media and one of the first things I often do when I sit to eat dinner is a glance at my phone. Do I have any new messages? What’s happening on Facebook? But is anything on my phone really that important? NOPE. The people in front of me are more important. And as my children get older it will become even more crucial to take this short amount of time to connect with them.

My neighbor was chatting with me about a method a teacher uses in the classroom and its genius. She asked the students to put their cell phones into a special pocket holder that hangs on the door. The teacher found since the students knew where their phones were they could let go of the need to have it close by. If it was really needed it was acceptable, but the students remained in the moment and learned.

I’ll be honest, I heard this and knew I needed this. I need to be active in making space for my family at the dinner table and putting the phone aside. I’m guessing many of my fans feel the same way. So to help all of us who want to try a new dinner time routine I created the cell phone hand towel.

I love items that have double functions and add a touch of decor. When it’s time to sit at the dinner table I simply drop my cell phone into the hand towel pockets and let it go. I know where it’s at and I can hear it if I get a phone call, but the temptation to check social media is set aside. It also sets a good example for my little ones because when they are older I will be asking them to drop their cell phones into the hand towel as well.

Cell Phone Timeout Hand Towel

So what do you think? Are you willing to take the cell phone timeout challenge with me? I feel this is an important and healthy adventure so I’m offering this pattern for FREE! Join me! Whip one up!

• Crochet Hook 5 mm (H), I highly recommend Furls Hook (affiliate link) or a Clover Hook (link below). I love both of these.
• Yarn Needle to weave in ends
• Scissors
• 4 Buttons (1-inch)

Yarn:
4 Worsted Weight Yarn
• I Love This Cotton
Color A: Pewter (1 skein)
Color B: Dove (2 skeins)

Yardage:

• S/M: 410 yds (375 m)

Gauge:
• 16 sts and 18 rows = 4” (10 cm) in sc stitch

Many of the supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:

Measurements:
• 23.5 inches long laid flat & unbuttoned

Abbreviations:
• ch – chain
• Fsc – Foundation Single Crochet
• rep – repeat
• sc – single crochet
• sc2tog – Single Crochet Two Together
• sl st- slip stitch
• st(s) – stitch(es)
• yo – yarn over

Skill Level:
• Easy/Beginner

Possible Yarn Substitutes:

Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton
Knit Picks Dishie
Red Heart Crème de la Crème
Lily Sugar’n Cream
Classic Elite Yarns Mesa

Notes:

This pattern will be worked in pieces and joined. It starts with making the front pocket flap, which will then be set aside while the body of the hand towel is worked. The front flap and body will be crocheted together and the back of the cell phone pocket worked and then the top tab. The hand towel will then be single crocheted around all edges which joins the sides of the pocket.

Chain 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

Front Pocket Flap:

Row

Description

Stitch Count

1

With Color A chain 44, sc in 2nd chain from hook, *ch 1, skip next chain, sc in next chain; repeat * across, turn

43

2

Ch 1, sc in first, sc in next chain space, *ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next chain space; repeat * across until last sc, sc in last, turn

43

3

Ch 1, sc in first, *chain 1, skip next sc, sc in next chain space; repeat * across until last 2 stitches, chain 1, skip next sc, sc in last, turn

43

4-19

Repeat rows 2-3 (8 more times)

43

20-21

With Color B, repeat rows 2-3

43

22-23

With Color A, repeat rows 2-3

43

24

Sc in each stitch across, fasten off and weave in ends. Set this piece aside (This row will be the top front edge of the compartment)

43

 

Hand Towel Body:

Row

Description

Stitch Count

1

With Color A chain 86, sc in 2nd chain from hook, *ch 1, skip next chain, sc in next chain; repeat * across, turn

85

2

Ch 1, sc in first, sc in next chain space, *ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next chain space; repeat * across until last sc, sc in last, turn

85

3

Ch 1, sc in first, *chain 1, skip next sc, sc in next chain space; repeat * across until last 2 stitches, chain 1, skip next sc, sc in last, turn

85

4-45

Repeat rows 2-3 (21 more times)

85

46

Ch 1, sc in first, *sc next 2 chain spaces together, chain 1; repeat * until the last 5 stitches, sc next 2 chain spaces together, sc in last, fasten off and weave in ends (this is the top edge)

43

Joining Body and Front Pocket:

Row

Description

Stitch Count

1

Place the front pocket flap on top of the wrong side of the hand towel body, lining up the bottom edge of the pocket flap to the top edge of the hand towel body.

With Color A join to one side and ch1, sc through both the front pocket flap and the hand towel body; repeat in each stitch across, turn

43

2

sc in first, *ch 1, skip next stitch, sc in next stitch; repeat * across, turn

43

3

Ch 1, sc in first, sc in next chain space, *ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next chain space; repeat * across until last sc, sc in last, turn

43

4

Ch 1, sc in first, *chain 1, skip next sc, sc in next chain space; repeat * across until last 2 stitches, chain 1, skip next sc, sc in last, turn

43

5-24

Repeat rows 3-4 (10 more times)

43

25-41

With Color B ch1, sc in each stitch across, turn

43

42

Sc 3, *chain 2, skip 2, sc 10, chain 2, skip 2, sc 9, chain 2, skip 2, sc 10, chain 2, skip 2, sc in last 3, turn

43

43

ch1, sc in each stitch across (including chains), turn

43

44

ch1, sc in each stitch across, continue to sc around the outside of hand towel, fold the front flap up and sc through both the front flap and body to form the cell phone pocket. Continue around and repeat on the other side, join to first stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Using a needle and Color A yarn, stitch lines through both the front flap and body of the hand towel to form compartments for cell phones.

Attach buttons as shown below.

 

Finishing:

Weave in any missed ends and block.