Beginners Crochet Potholder

This Crochet Potholder Pattern is one of the beginner crochet patterns on the web site. It is designed with beginners in mind. It is completely single crochet, extra large (8.5 inches x 8.5 inches) making it a wonderful addition to the kitchen, double sided for protection, and beautiful. Match the colors of your kitchen and make a bunch of them! Once you use one of these I bet you put away all your smaller ones. 

Plus they make great trivets for baking / serving dishes on the table and it's even big enough to set a frying pan on. The yarn used for this pattern is crochet cotton. This pattern is designed to go with the Beginners Crochet Dishcloth and the Scrubbie, Scrunchie

Finished Single Crochet Potholder

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Breezy Poncho Vest

Materials and Tools:

  • 2, 2 ounce balls of crochet cotton, worsted, 4 ply. I like picking one variegated (several related colors in one ball of yarn) color and one solid color that matches one of the colors in the variegated ball.
  • A size I / 9 - 5.50 mm Crochet Hook. If you go with a smaller crochet hook (like size H / 8 - 5.00 mm) your stitches will be a little tighter and your crochet pot holder will be a little smaller. Naturally, a larger hook (like size J / 10 - 6.00 mm) will make looser stitches and a slightly larger potholder. I would not go lower than size H or higher than size J.
  • A small scissors (any scissors will do, you just need it to cut the cotton).

Gauge is not important in this crochet potholder pattern.

Pattern Instructions:

You will start with the ball of cotton that you picked for the inside (or the business side) of your crochet potholder.

Chain (ch) 31 stitches.

Single Crochet Potholder - Chain 31

Row 1: Crocheting into the Chain (ch) - Single Crochet (sc) in the second, top loop only, from the crochet hook. Crochet across the chain (ch) for a total of 30 single crochet (sc) stitches.

Single Crochet Potholder - Top Loop Only

Row 2: Chain (ch) 1 and turn your work getting ready to crochet back the other way.

Single Crochet Potholder - Chain 1 & turn.

(It may be easier to have a piece of scratch paper handy and log your rows with a hash mark on the paper. What you just finished would be row number 1, you're starting row #2.)

Picking up both loops at the top of each stitch, you will single crochet (sc), 30 stitches, back across. This would be row number 2.

Rows 3 - 30: Continue to single crochet (sc) back and forth until you've completed a total of 30 rows. Do not be worried if it doesn't form a perfect square. It will square up during the last step.

Single Crochet Potholder - finished inside piece.

Cut your end yarn about 4 inches from the finished piece. Put the end through the loop and pull tight to make a knot.

Next follow all the instructions again - only this time use your other ball of cotton (the one you picked as the outside or 'pretty' side of your crochet potholder). DO NOT cut the end this time.

Single Crochet Potholder - back piece.

Finishing Edge

Single Crochet Potholder - Finishing - Putting pieces together.

To put the two pieces of your crochet potholder together you want one with rows going side to side and one with the rows going up and down. Not only will this pull your potholder into a square, but it will give you extra protection against heat when using it.

Chain (ch) 1 and turn your work. Make sure that the inside piece is facing you and the outside piece is behind it. Line up the corners (one with rows horizontal and one with rows vertical).

Single Crochet Potholder - line up corners You will be single crocheting (sc) into both pieces at the same time. Go slow and make sure you catch each row and each stitch.
Single Crochet Potholder - crochet to next corner Single crochet (sc) 30 stitches to the first corner. If you make sure you catch every row and every stitch the pieces will match up. If they don't match up you know you've missed some.
Single Crochet Potholder - 3 in corner In the corner (you have already crocheted one single crochet (sc) into it) single crochet (sc) 2 more stitches for a total of 3 in the corner.

The next 3 sides will be 29 single crochet (sc) stitches to the corners - with 3 stitches in each corner.

To create the hanging loop for your crochet potholder,
chain (ch) 6 and connect with a slip stitch or simple knot.
Single Crochet Potholder - finishing loop

Here's a great trick to hide any threads left out!
Insert your hook into one layer of the potholder and
bring it back out as close to the loose thread as possible.
Hook the yarn around and draw the thread inside between the layers.
Single Crochet Potholder - hide the threads

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