Crocheted potholders come in all shapes and sizes. This is a guide about crocheted potholders.
I made three items today for you to enjoy.
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
I've made the same potholders using "Sugar and Cream" cotton yarn, and the knock-off "Peaches and Cream" from Wal Mart. Because they are doubled, they shield from the heat well.
And you can do them in seed stitch (sc, dc, then on the next row sc in the dc, dc in the sc) and they have some texture. Here is a pattern on the web for those who need more "visual" instructions (this is where I got the idea): http://myboringblog.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/crochet-potholder-pattern/
I have made and given away very similar potholders however I place blue jean in between the layers.That makes them very thick and very durable as well. To keep from bunching in the wash just do a stitch all the way around in a similar color of thread. I have the best of both worlds with these potholders and you can still put a border around them if you would like.
Hi, I sent pictures and "how to" for this craft last year. It really is a fun craft!
Thank you for the post and the feedbacks. I wil be making some of these. Just bought a few skeins of cotton yarn today too, so I am good to go! Pat in Roseville, MI
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. See top photo.
By Tedebear from San Jose, CA
I have found that if I chain 35 then work half double crochet instead of single crochet I like the thickness better. I have made a lot of them and give them as gifts.
I have been making these for a lot of years. It is my way of using leftover scraps of yarn. I save any piece of yarn scrap that is 10 inches or longer. I start with a piece of yarn and begin rollilng it into a ball. When I get another piece, I just tie it to the first piece with a knot. It doesn't matter what color or how long the piece is. Just keep tying pieces and rolling it into a ball. Then use this multicolored ball of yarn to make your potholders.When you come to a knot, just push it to the inside of your potholder. They will be "no two alike" and make great stocking stuffer gifts, or for gift exchanges with friends.
Harlean from Arkansas
I am new to crocheting and like this but I don't understand number 2. What do you mean crochet on each side of the chain and do not add stitches at the end? Thanks!
Teresa, Flatten the chain. It will have two sets of loops opposite each other. Single crochet in each loop on one side. At the end of the chain, move to the other side, but do not add stitches at the end of the chain, only in the existing loops. By doing this, your potholde will start to take the shape in the photos. Enjoy! They make great gifts.
I am looking for crocheted potholder patterns.
Judy from Traverse
Lots of patterns take your pick:
Just saw some cute (free) patterns on the Lion Brand Yarn website.
Thanks very much for sending me the web pages.
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 crocheted pot holder instructions.
I have to second the reply to go to crochetpatterncentral.com - it's a wonderful treasure trove of crochet patterns. For a wonderful, thick potholder try the "Magic Potholder" pattern. Easy, quick, double thick. I've made a lot of these with acrylic yarn and also cotton yarn. Both work well.
www.lionbrand.com and then go to 'all free patterns' you'll see free crochet patterns for the home.
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
I could not find a hot pad; but this purse tutorial might jog your memory. One of the rounds might be extended for a hot pad?
Plastic Pop Ring Potholder
1 six-pack of pop rings cut apart into rings and trimmed into circles.
Knitting worsted yarn: Main color and contrast color.
G crochet hook
Using main color. Sc around each individual ring until full(do not force sts).(6 rings)
With contrasting color, ch 50 sts. Turn and skip 3 sts. Then dc in each remaining ch. End off.
Spread out rings and overlap the edges like a deck of cards spread out. (See first image)
Take the contrasting color strip and weave over and under the rings to weave together. When back to beginning, tie the strip to the beginning and arrange the rings so they look nice. (Takes a little pulling and twisting.)
Sc with contrasting color around the outside of the potholder to anchor the rings in place(See 2nd image).
The rings are drawn in different colors to make them easier to see. The strip and contrasting color are drawn in blue.
you can also find it at the following website:
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.
Does any one have a crochet pattern of a dog and a pig Potholders and Hot Pads?
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 trying to locate instructions for crochet potholders.