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My grandmother made these potholders many many years ago. She still uses hers today! Last time I saw her she mentioned she wanted bigger potholder, because her hands are shaky and as she is getting older things like holding a hot pan are getting a little more difficult. Also, she can’t make them herself anymore because of her arthritis. Next month (september ‘17) she will turn 88 and so these potholders are a birthday gift for her. I hope she likes the colors!

This is what you’ll need:

  • 4ply cotton yarn, 2 colors. For 2 potholders I used up 3 skeins of 50gr (121m/397ft) of the main color and 1 skein for the second color.
  • crochet hook 3,5mm/E
  • Yarn needle

Stitch abbreviations:

  • ch (chain stitch/stitches)
  • sc (single crochet)
  • st (stitch/stitches)
  • dc (double crochet)
  • sl st (slip stitch)
  • tsc (twisted single crochet)

1: ch52, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in each ch throughout (Every row should have 51st)

My potholders are 23cm/9inch, which is slightly large. To make a smaller size subtract 8 or a multiple of 8. 2: ch3+1 (counts as first dc and a ch space), skip 2st, 1dc in next st, * ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in the next st * repeat till end of row

3: ch4, skip the first ch space, 1dc in the next 7st, * ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in the next 7st * repeat 5 times total, ch1, 1dc in the 3rd turning ch of last row4: ch4, skip ch space, 1dc in the next 3st, * ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in the next 3st * repeat 11 times total, ch1, 1dc in 3rd turning ch of last row

5: Repeat row 36: ch4, skip ch space, 1dc in the next st, * ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in next st * repeat 23 times, ch1, 1dc in 3rd turning ch of last row

7: ch4, skip ch space, 1dc in the next 7st, ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in the next 31st, ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in the next 7st, ch1, 1dc in 3rd turning ch

8: ch4, skip ch space, * 1dc in the next 3st, ch1, skip 1st * repeat twice, 1dc in the next 31st, * ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in the next 3st * repeat twice, ch1, 1dc in 3rd turning ch of last row.

9: Repeat row 7

10: ch4, skip ch space, * 1dc in the next st, *ch1, skip 1st * repeat 4 times, 1dc in the next 31st, * ch1, skip 1st, 1dc in the next st * repeat 4 times, ch1, 1dc in 3rd turning ch11 – 14: Repeat row 7 to 10

15 – 18: Repeat row 7 to 10

19 – 21: Repeat row 7 to 922: Repeat row 6

23: Repeat row 3

24: Repeat row 4

25: Repeat row 3

26: Repeat row 6

27: ch1, 1sc in each st till end of row, which includes the 3rd and 4th turning ch of the last row. Fasten off.

Make a second one.Once you’re finished, put the two pieces together and start sewing the little squares with double threat like this:The border:

1: sc around the potholder, with 3sc in the first three corners and ch10 in the last corner. Close row with sl st.2: tws or crab st around the potholder, including the ch10. Close with sl st, fasten off and weave in end

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    greenfoxfarms
    07/08/2017 at 16:34

    These are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern!!

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      07/08/2017 at 16:36

      You are very welcome!

      • Diane Kunzman
        16/08/2017 at 15:55

        My starting chain is 12 inches long, is that what yours was?

      • haaknerd
        16/08/2017 at 19:50

        The final size of my potholders is 9inches wide and long. What kind of yarn and hook are you using?

  • Reply
    ScootieBabyCrochet
    08/08/2017 at 00:22

    Really love the pattern! Thank you for sharing. Like the embroidery work.

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      16/08/2017 at 13:16

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • Reply
    knitting4kitty
    12/08/2017 at 11:22

    FUN! Thank you for sharing your talent!

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      16/08/2017 at 13:17

      It’s my pleasure! Not my pattern though 😛

  • Reply
    Kathy Boston
    12/08/2017 at 12:58

    Love these! Thank you for the pattern.

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      16/08/2017 at 13:17

      You’re welcome!

  • Reply
    Jeanne McMichael
    14/08/2017 at 01:34

    It was so very kind of you to share the pattern. I know my sister will enjoy these (once I make them)! ????. Thank you very much.

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      16/08/2017 at 13:16

      Have fun making these!

  • Reply
    Teresa Shere
    17/08/2017 at 15:06

    where is the place to pin this on my pinterest page??

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      18/08/2017 at 22:51

      Hi Teresa, I am working on my website, so I don’t have that option yet. But you can download the Pinterest extention to your browser and than you can use that on all websites 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy
    18/08/2017 at 21:30

    What brand of yarn did you use? Thanks! ???? These!

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      18/08/2017 at 22:49

      Hi Amy, I used Phil Coton 3 by Phildar. It’s a French brand. It’s a 4ply cotton yarn.

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