Crocheted potholders come in all shapes and sizes. This is a guide about crocheted potholders.
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These potholders are thick and safe, so long as you crochet tight stitches. If you use a larger hook, you may get air spaces where the hot pan can burn your fingers. If a size H hook is too loose, get an F or G hook. We all crochet at different tensions. I have made many for gifts as well as for our home, and they always see lots of use. They look nice in a Christmas basket along with kitchen utensils, specialty foods and/or a little cookbook. You can use up scraps of color-compatible yarns as I did here, and they make an interesting pattern. I like the mixed colors better than a solid color.
After a few rounds, you will have a canoe-shaped piece. Make a total of 24-25 rounds. Press the ends toward the center, and you will see a diagonal pattern develop. The two sides should meet in the middle. If they do, and the result makes a square shape, cut the yarn leaving a 24-inch tail. Whipstitch the two sides together using a darning needle or feed sack needle with a flat tip. Anchor the first stitch by going back through it once. If you enter the stitches on the right, and then pick up the right side of the other row, your seam will look like part of the crocheting.
Make the hanging loop: At the other end, anchor the stitching again by taking an extra stitch in the right side of the corner, and pull the yarn through. Tie the tail end of the yarn back onto the rest of the yarn. Push your hook through the hot pad at the corner and pull a stitch through. Chain 10 stitches. Push hook through the hot pad at the left of the same corner and SC. Move over one stitch to the left and SC again. Now SC over the CH10 loop to cover, using 18 SC. Cover the ends of the knot. Make another SC in the potholder next to the first one and end off. Work in the loose end using a darning needle or feed sack needle.
Source: I copied one from an example a friend made, then made it bigger.
By coreenhart from Rupert, ID
If you can single crochet, you can make this heavy double thickness potholder.
Approximate Time: Two hours.
This is a great way to use up scrap yarn and the potholders are very sturdy when going through the washer.
Since first posting this project, I found that in the last three rows, If you use a contrasting yarn, the potholder looks so much better. Here's a picture of this:
By Tedebear from San Jose CA
I crocheted a pot scrubber. I did not like the yarn I had, so I made this. It turned out so pretty, I almost didn't use it with the dishes at all. It makes me think of doing one in the shape of a cross for a bookmark. I am not an expert at crocheting, but I started out wanting it to be square. :)
By Robin F. from TN
Buy 100% Polyester yarn or use your acrylic yarn scraps. You will be making an enclosed "pillow case" out of the polyester yarn. Start by crocheting a chain that's about 3 inches long. Next, single crochet in the back side of your chain then continue around the other side of the same chain. Keep crocheting all the way around to your starting point and don't stop. You are working "in the round", in a spiral fashion.
When you've crocheted a rectangle that resembles a tiny pillow case, insert several of your used slivers of soap and slip them into this little pouch you've made. Finish it up by crocheting the top closed then crochet on a short loop for hanging it up to dry or crochet a longer chain several feet long to hang it up in the shower.
NOTE: Polyester yarn is great for exfoliating your body or scrubbing pots and pans while cotton yarn is soft and more like a wash cloth but it takes a long time to dry. This can also be made with thin hemp rope or nylon rope from the hardware store! You can also crochet this around a new bar of soap if you don't have any tiny silvers of soap saved up.
Make up a few extra for last minute gifts. There are only twelve rounds. You will make two and whip stitch or slip stitch them together which makes a very thick hot mat which will protect your table from the heat.
Time to complete: about 4 hours
You will be making two squares for each Hot Mat.
Basic Square Instructions:
With Color White, ch 5, join to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as a dc in this and all following rnds), 2 dc in ring; (ch 3, 3 dc in ring) 3 times; ch 2; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3; finish off. (or if using one color, sl st to the next ch 3 space).
Rnd 2: Join color Red in any ch-3 sp; ch 3, in same sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; * ch 1, sk next 3 dc, in next ch-3 sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; rep from * twice more; ch 1, sk next 3 dc; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3: finish off.
Rnd 3: Join color White in any ch-3 corner sp: ch 3, in same sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; * ch 1, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-l sp: 3-dc group made; ch 1, sk next 3 dc, in next ch-3 corner sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; rep from * twice more; ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-l sp: 3-dc group made; ch 1, sk next 3 dc; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3; finish off.
Rnd 4: Join color White in any ch-3 corner sp; ch 3, in same sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; * (ch 1, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-l sp) twice; ch 1, sk next 3 dc, in next ch-3 comer sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; rep from * twice more; (ch 1, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-l sp) twice; ch 1, sk next 3 dc; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3; finish off.
Rnd 5: Join color Red in any ch-3 corner sp; ch 3, in same sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; * (ch 1, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-l sp) three times; ch 1, sk next 3 dc, in next ch-3 comer sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc): corner made; rep from * three times more; (ch 1, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-l sp) twice; ch 1, sk next 3 dc; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3; finish off.
Rnd 6-10 Continue in Pattern starting with white alternate colors for the next 4 rows.
Rnd 11 and 12 Continue in Pattern doing two rows of Red.
Slip stitch both squares together.
By Debra Frick
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Here are questions related to Making Crocheted Potholders.
Does any one have a crochet pattern of a dog and a pig Potholders and Hot Pads?
By Harriet Schipper10/30/2008
Pig potholder: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa110197.htm
Perky Pig and Hot Dog on: http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/sitemap.html
Perky pig and Puggy Wuggy on:
Hope one of these is what you are looking for:)
I am looking for crocheted pot holder instructions.
By Lee Taylor04/19/2010
www.lionbrand.com and then go to 'all free patterns' you'll see free crochet patterns for the home.
I am looking for crocheted potholder patterns.
Judy from Traverse
By Louise B.11/27/2008
Just don't crochet these out of polyester yarn that melts. I bought some at a craft sale, and they melted when in contact with hot pans from the oven. Sort of defeated the purpose of potholders.
I am looking for a crochet pattern for a hot pad using the rings from the top of pop cans. I have made them before but it has been a long time ago and I have forgotten how to lay them out to interlock.
Beth from Fort Deposit, AL
By beth (Guest Post)01/06/2009
Thanks trishaj, that is the one I was looking for. Jilson has also sent a great ideal. Love the purse made out of tabs. Ihave already started collecting the tabs.
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This is a super easy pattern for a potholder that is easy enough for a beginner. It works up into a nice thick potholder that can be made larger for a table heat mat. This potholder is worked in the round so there is no increases or turning. It works up fast and easy so that even a child learning to crochet can accomplish this pattern. It would make a great Christmas present for a grandmother, Aunt or Mommy or anyone who bakes. This project is also a great portable project so when you are at your doctors or any where you have to wait you can work on it, it can slide right into a purse.
Time: About 2-3 hours
Round 1 single crochet in each stitch across, now single crochet across the bottom of the row you just made. You now have an oval piece.
Round 2 until finished: Continue to single crochet in each stitch around. With each round that you do the ends will start to fold in. This is what you want. Continue until both ends meet in the center. Now on my last row I just pulled the two sides together and slip stitched the opening closed but you could cut the yarn at this point and whip stitch the potholder closed.
Loop for hanging: At one corner attach yarn and chain six. Attach to corner with a slipstitch. Turn and single crochet in each stitch across. Cut and weave in ends.
Final Note: I worked this up in a variegated blue yarn I had left over from another project and it worked up into a nice diagonal striped pattern.
By Debra Frick
By Debra Frick
I am trying to locate instructions for crochet potholders.
By surfingranny from Madeira Beach, FL
If you are looking for more of a basic potholder try one of these: