Colorful Crocheted Potholders

DIY crochet potholders
DIY crochet potholders
So until I made these little guys, my apartment was definitely sans-potholders. I really wanted to make my own potholders rather than buying a set. I went with a mix of earthy and brilliant colors, since I love the look of multicolored stripes. Cotton yarn works best for making potholders, since it’s sturdy and won’t melt at high temperatures. These were crocheted in the round (here’s a great tutorial for starting a project using this technique) and are double-layered for extra insulation. Basically, you start with a ring of 12 double crochets, then increase every row by 12 stitches. There are a variety of stitches you can use to accomplish this, allowing for an endless variety of patterns. Here’s the pattern for my favorite combination. It’s the one with the bright blue border.

DIY crochet potholders
DIY crochet potholders
DIY crochet potholders
Supplies:

Cotton yarn in a variety of colors
Size F crochet hook
Patterned side:

1. Make a magic loop. CH 3, DC 11. Tighten the loop.
2. SL ST with new color, CH 3. 2 DC in every stitch for a total of 24 (always count the CH 3 or CH 2 as one DC or SC).
3. SL ST with new color, CH 2. *SC, drop stitch SC in between stitches, SC*, repeat for a total of 36.
4. SL ST with new color, CH 2. SC in each stitch for a total of 36.
5. SL ST with new color, CH 3. *DC in next 3, CH 1*, repeat for a total of 48.
6. SL ST with new color, CH 3. *DC, DC in CH space, DC, DC between stitches, DC*, repeat for a total of 60.
7. SL ST with new color, CH 3. *DC in next 5, popcorn drop stitch in between stitches*, repeat for a total of 72.
8. SL ST with new color, CH 2. *SC in next 6, CH 1*, repeat for a total of 84. SL ST first and last stitches and tie off.
Striped side:

1. Make a magic loop. CH 3, DC 11. Tighten the loop.
2. SL ST, CH 3. 2 DC in each stitch (count the CH 3 as a DC) for a total of 24.
3. SL ST, CH 3. *DC in next two, CH 1*, repeat for a total of 36.
4. SL ST, CH 3. *DC, DC in between stitches, DC, DC in CH space*, repeat for a total of 48.
5. SL ST with new color, CH 3. *DC in next 3, 2 DC*, repeat for a total of 60.
6. SL ST, CH 3. *DC in next 5, CH 1*, repeat for a total of 72.
7. SL ST, CH 2. *SC in next 5, 2 SC*, repeat for a total of 84.
Joining:
Once you’ve made both sides, line them up (wrong sides facing each other) and join them with one row of single crochet. Finish by knotting any loose ends and tuck them into the potholder using your hook.
DIY crochet potholders

DIY crochet potholders