Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Potholder Pattern

Due to multiple requests for this pattern, I have decided to get off my lazy patoosky and post it for you.

Hotpads/Potholders
(I would say these are by me, but I got the pattern from my grandma eons ago)

With Chunky or Bulky yarn & size I/J hook
ch 26
1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (25), work down opposite side of ch (do not increase in the corner) put a sc in each ch across. do not join (50 total sc)

Then continue to work in each sc around until the square begins to fold in on itself forming a 'hotpad'. (It will look like a bag or pouch by now).This will be about 10 rows for the chunky/bulky yarn. On one end I chain 6 to form a loop to hang it with. This is completely optional. Then when the edges meet together nicely without puckering or pulling..I simply whipstitch the edge together and Voila! you have a potholder!



Potholder/Hotpad with WW yarn & G/H hook.

Ch 36
1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (35), working on the opposite side of the ch (do not increase in the corner) sc in each ch. do not join. (70 total sc).

Then repeat as for the Bulky/chunky pattern. This will go for approx 30-35 rows. It always ends up different for me..(don't ask me why..but it is the bane of my existence) Do the same for the loop and assembly.

It really is the easiest pattern. Just remember the edges need to fold in towards each other. If you are sewing it together in a big square...it's not wrong...it's just not this pattern. :)

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25 comments:

Jane said...

I have been making these pot holders for about 10 yrs now but I do then alittle differently. I chane from 39 to 41 stitches, and I single crochet in the back loop only. It gives it texture and a larger holder for bigger hands. I have made hundreds of these for gifts of all occassions. Thought I was the only one out there with this pattern thou its from an old pattern book my mother gave to me.

Veronica said...

Can it be any kind of yarn material? Won't it melt if I used acrylic? Thank you!

Veronica said...

Can I use any kind of bulky yarn? Won't it burn if I used acrylic yarn? Thanks!

Veronica said...

Can I use acrylic yarn for this? Won't it burn? Thanks!

Biz said...

Hi Veronica.

I have heard lots of people say that you can only use cotton to make potholders. I have made 100's of these potholders and have never used cotton. I find it to be cumbersome and heavy. I use only acrylic. I have never had one "burn". I'm really not sure what people are doing to their potholders if they are actually burning them. The only one I've ever started on fire was one that accidentally got left in an open flame....and I'm pretty sure that would have happened with cotton too. I do find that acrylic "melts" and can become hard in spots. But, those usually are the ones that I've been using for almost 15 years.

I'm a firm believer in acrylic potholders. So, yes, use it up!! :) These are awesome for stash busting!!

Biz

Biz said...

Jane- Isn't it cool when you find some of the old patterns coming back into style? My grandma taught me these when I was 8. I've always loved them. The back loop method sounds like something I'll have to try! Thanks.
biz

Donna said...

I am so excited to find this. My husbands grandmother made these for me for years. Since she has been gone for several years now, I have wondered how I would ever get any more. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope I can make them.

Joy said...

I have been collecting this pattern for some time now, but I got my pattern from my grandmother some years ago. I sat down and figured out how to make pretty stripes every so many rows. They turned out real pretty. But I forgot to write down the pattern and my sister left it out in Indiana. Bummer!

kjb2835 said...

I'm hoping these aren't as hard as I'm thinking they are. I'm stuck on the 2nd row (where you end up with more stitches than the orig. chain)....

marymartin281 said...

To kjb2835: Don't join. Just keep going around and around. The pattern will take shape.

Judy said...

This is also called Magic Potholder. I use acrylic yarn and G Hook. The pattern I use is: Chain 26, single crochet in back loop entire pattern. At the end of the chain Single Crochet 3 stitches in end loop, Turn continue up the other side, Single Crochet 2 in end chain. Continue Single Crochet around and around working in just the back loop only until edged meet in the middle. Now crochet your Chain 6 loop (single crochet around the loop to make it stronger). Sew up the middle.

smehary said...

I have been looking for this pattern. I have one that someone gave me many years ago. I was always my favorite but it is now very worn and sad looking. Thank you for posting this pattern

the only Renita said...

Thanks so much for posting this pattern. I've been looking for it forever! My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was about 8 years old. My mother was given some potholders like these years ago and they are getting very worn. They are her favorite. Guess what she's getting for Christmas!!!

Joline said...

How do I get the stripes that are in the picture? What rows would I need to switch yarns on? thank you!!

Biz said...

Hi Joline. The stripes that I put on these, I achieved by changing colors every two rows. You can really do any kind of striping pattern you want. It is something that is very much open for playing with.
When I'm changing rows, I fold the potholder to see where the "edge" is, that is where I make my row changes. This will make your color changes happen in all different spots, but once you sew your middle together to finish off, you really can't tell. Any time I am working in a "round" that has a definite edge that I can hide a color change in....that's where I put it. :) Let me know if this helps!
Biz

lawanda wheeler said...

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I had the pattern years ago and lost it. Someone gave me a couple at a shower I had, but unfortunately I don't know who it was. At least I think that is where they came from--hehe. I have searched and searched for this and finally found a person that had it. Again, thank you and I have already made one. Started just as soon as I found this! It turned out great.

LaWanda

Biz said...

Hi Lawanda! I know that amazing feeling when the pattern you thought was lost has now been found! :-)
Biz

anneke handwerkclub said...

Hi Biz

I have a questoin for you
Can i translate your free patterns to dutch?
And put them on my free website about knitting and crochet
I think my members would love them.

Can i please?


Greetz Anna

Biz said...

Hi Anna, please email me at bizzycrochet@hotmail.com so we can talk about it. Thanks!

roseinmn said...

How exciting! All I have left are Christmas potholders but LOTSSSSS of yarn. I also love that the directions are simple and easy THANKYOU Sooooooooo much!

Joleen Gonser said...

I know these as Magic Potholders; pillow covers can also be made - just larger. I've been making these for 25+ years, learning from a friend. Ssometime after I started, I came across a "Leisure Arts" folder from Super Yarn Mart that had the pillow cover pattern. I love using variegated yarn for these. One I had given my mother, I got back when she passed; she must have used it as a trivet as it was well-"ironed" but not burned. My have been all-but-one made of worsted acrylic yarn.
(Oh, "the only Renita", unless you are a Junior, you're not :)
Joleen

Tiff Armstrong said...

Do you use a sewing machine/free hand sewing to finish the potholder or do you crochet it? Thank you!

Biz said...

I whipstitch the edge closed by hand.

mindy gunns said...

This pattern I use up my scraps so I get unique designs each time

Lanell Harris said...

I have some my mom gave me for my first home almost 40 years ago. Just worsted acrylic. Lots and lots of oven hot pans and still fine.