World’s Best Potholder

I’ve been thinking a lot about things I used to make when I was young.  I wanted to update some of those gifts to make them more modern and current.  In particular, I kept thinking about the potholders my Grandmother taught me to make. Actually, they are the first thing I ever learned to make, so it seems apropos to have it be my first posted pattern. Let me tell you, these potholders rock! They are sturdy, washable and incredible at blocking out the heat from even the hottest of pots and pans. 
Size    Finished potholder is 7” wide x 6.5” long
Yarn              Worsted Weight Yarn: 100% Cotton; Shown here: Lion Brand Yarn Lion Cotton (100%       cotton; 236 yards [215 m]/142 g): #152 espresso
Hook        Size F/5 (3.75mm)
Gauge          19 sc and 21 rows to 4″ (10cm)
Notions       Twine or embroidery thread, tapestry needle
The crocheted fabric is doubled for the part that holds the pot and then there is another layer to protect the top of your hand (which I burn all the time if I don’t use these!) Am I the only one? I added a bit of embroidery with bakers twine!  
Main piece: To begin, using size F/5 (3.75mm) hook, Ch 32.
Turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end – 30 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in each ch to end of row. Ch 1, turn.**
Repeat the last row until piece measures 13” (33cm) from starting ch.
Fasten off.
Hand cover: Work as for front until piece measures 6.5” (16.5cm) from starting ch.
Fasten off.
Weave in any loose ends on individual pieces.
Embroider: Add a finishing touch by embroidering a monogram, flower or other motif on the lower right hand corner of the RS of the Hand Cover. 
Align Pieces: Fold Main Piece in half with WS tog, turn so fold is at the bottom.  Lay Hand cover on top with embroidery facing up at right hand corner.  Hand opening should be at the fold of the Main Piece
Join Pieces: Using size F/5 (3.75mm) hook, insert hook through all three layers beginning at the lower right corner, yo and draw yarn through, ch 1, 1 sc in same place ch1 was worked. Continue to work sc around three edges of the pot holder, while working three sc stitches at each corner. Fasten off.
Weave in any loose ends.
  1. stacie

    Anne, I too remember making these when I was young! So fun. Your fellow Fishy, Stacie

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  3. Anonymous

    I’m learning how to crochet. So far so good, but i don’t understand how or where to join the two pieces.

  4. anne

    Congratulations on starting to learn to crochet! That’s fabulous. you fold the long piece in half. Then, you put the short piece on top of those, so the potholder is three pieces thick. Then you chain through all three pieces starting at the end with the fold. In other words you chain through the hand cover piece (the square), and the two sides main potholder piece (folded in a square) and chain stitch all three pieces together.

  5. Paula

    These are awesome and I was just wondering if the potholders are made with two pieces then crochet the two pieces together?

    • anne

      The main part of the potholder is one piece folded in half. The hand cover is made separately and crocheted together to the main piece.

  6. Mike

    I so want to make a pot holder because I’m always scared I’m going burn my hands by touching the pot when it’s hot. I don’t think my will ever come out as pretty as yours though.

  7. Anonymous

    I’m just learning how to crochet and have decided to rent a storage unit for all my dishcloths I can’t give away. However, I actually need some new pot holders. This is an absolutely perfect find for me. Thanks so much.

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