Sunday, December 13, 2009

Easy Crochet Potholder Pattern

Crocheted potholders can be a quick and easy gift to make for Christmas gifts. Here is a basic potholder pattern that I use for many of my potholders:

Basic Potholder Pattern

2 balls cotton yarn in two different colors- one for main body and one for border
Size H hook

Chain 17.

Row 1: Using two strands of yarn in the same color or two different colors, single crochet in second chain and in each chain across. Chain 1 and turn.

Rows 2-16: Single crochet in each stitch across, Chain one and turn.

Single crochet around outer edges of potholder counting out 14 single crochets per side and 3 in each corner. Finish off and weave in ends.

Border: Attach two stands of contrasting yarn with slip stitch, chain 3 and single crochet into every other stitch. Sew a plastic ring into back if you want a hanging ring.

These potholders can be decorated with buttons, ribbons, or appliqu├ęs. You can make stripes by alternating two colors every two rows. It takes me about 30 minutes to make one potholder.
This strawberry potholder is a little more difficult but very pretty.

Strawberry Potholder
Follow instructions for basic potholder beginning with sage green yarn for two rows and then changing to white for two rows. Repeat for 16 rows and crochet around edges using sage green. Attach red with a slip stitch at the first of the 3 corner stitches at the top left corner. Chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch. Chain 6 . Turn. Slip stitch into last double crochet made. Make 10 single crochet in ch-6 space, slip stitch in same double crochet stitch as last slip stitch(hanging ring made). Make 3 double crochet in last of corner’s 3 single crochet stitches. Repeat the following pattern around rest of border: Skip next single crochet and sc in next sc. Make 5 double crochet in next sc and skip next sc but make 7 double crochets at each corner. (Hint: You may have to eliminate a skip stitch to get your 7 dc in the middle of the 3 single crochet corners.)
Join with slip stitch to beginning chain three, finish off.

Row 1: With red, chain w, 2 sc in second ch from hook.
Row 2: Ch1, turn, w sc in each sc across: 4 sc.
Row 3 and 4: Ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc. 2 sc in last stitch: 6 sc.
Row 6: Ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Row 7: Ch1, turn. 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc., 2 sc. In last sc: 8 sc.
Rows 8 and 9: Ch 1, turn, sc across.
Row 10: Ch 1, turn; pull up a loop in first 2 sc. YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook, sc in next 4 sc, pull up a loop in last 2 sc, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook: 6 sc.
Trim: Chain 1, turn; sc in each stitch across to last stitch, 2 sc in last stitch, sc in end of each row across, 4 sc in free loop of beginning chain, sc in end of each row across and in same st as first sc; join with slip stitch to first sc, finish off leaving a long end for sewing.

With green, chain 4; join with slip stitch to form ring. *Chain 4, sc in second ch from hook and in next 2 chs; slip stitch in ring; repeat from * 4 times, finish off leaving a long strand for sewing.
Sew leaf to top of strawberry. Arrange strawberry on potholder and sew.
I have a few of these left in my store if you would rather buy them already made : .

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