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Cell Phone Timeout Hand-towel

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Cell Phone Time Out


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?!

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At the end of the day, when the house is quiet, I often reflect on the day and think about all the fantastic small moments that at the time didn’t seem like a big deal, but they are the moments I will treasure.

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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.

Cell Phone Time Out

Do I have any new messages? What’s happening on Facebook? But is anything on my phone 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.

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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 unique 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 needed, it was acceptable, but the students remained in the moment and learned.

Cell Phone Time Out

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 set aside.

It also sets an excellent 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 Supplies:

So what do you think? Are you willing to take the cell phone timeout challenge with me?

I feel this is a great 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

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

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

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.

Next, 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:

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With Color A chain 44, sc in 2nd chain from hook, *ch 1, skip next chain, sc in next chain; repeat * across, turn43
2Ch 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, turn43
3Ch 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, turn43
4-19Repeat rows 2-3 (8 more times)43
20-21With Color B, repeat rows 2-343
22-23With Color A, repeat rows 2-343
24Sc 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

Cell Phone Timeout Hand-towel Body:

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With Color B chain 86, sc in 2nd chain from hook, *ch 1, skip next chain, sc in next chain; repeat * across, turn85
2Ch 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, turn85
3Ch 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, turn85
4-45Repeat rows 2-3 (21 more times)85
46Ch 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:

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1Place 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, turn43
2sc in first, *ch 1, skip next stitch, sc in next stitch; repeat * across, turn43
3Ch 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, turn43
4Ch 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, turn43
5-24Repeat rows 3-4 (10 more times)43
25-41With Color B ch1, sc in each stitch across, turn43
42Sc 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, turn43
43ch1, sc in each stitch across (including chains), turn43
44ch1, 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.

So what do you think? Are you willing to take the cell phone timeout challenge with me?

I feel this is a great and healthy adventure, so I’m offering this pattern for FREE! Join me! Whip one up!

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Courtney

Saturday 1st of February 2020

This is seriously awesome!! You are too fabulous for words, lady!

Lena Buhr

Wednesday 28th of September 2016

Genious! :)

Deborah Wilt

Sunday 11th of September 2016

Thank you

Maria Williams

Saturday 10th of September 2016

thank you

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