Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Very Simple Pot-Holder

         I've been making a lot of pot-holders lately, and I thought that it might be nice to share the pattern. It's super easy, and you do not have to be an advanced crocheter to learn it. It's actually a great pattern for learning or practicing the single crochet stitch, and when you're done, you've got something that can actually be used. Plus, this project is a great way to use up any scrap yarn you have laying around the house!

Very Simple Pot-Holder

         Any 2 colors of yarn (it helps if they are both the same type of material and weight)
         A hook size of your choosing
         A tapestry needle (for sewing in loose ends)

For this example, I used white and blue worsted-weight yarn (this is scarp yarn, and I have long since lost the labels, so I don't know exactly what kind of yarn I'm working with), and a size J (6.00mm) hook. 

The size of your pot-holder is going to depend a few things. 1, how bulky your yarn is. 2, what size hook you choose to work with, and 3, how many chains you start out with. All of the pot-holders I've been making have started with a chain of 21 stitches, so let's start there, shall we?

Use both of the colors of yarn to Chain 21:

Row 1:
Work a single crochet into each of your chains (skipping the first chain off of your hook) for a total of 20 single crochets. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2:
*Work a single crochet into each of the single crochets from the previous rows (going through the entire stitch), totaling 20 single crochets.*
Row 3 - ?
Repeat everything between the asterisks until the pot-holder is the size you'd like it to be.

And that's pretty much it! When you're finished, just pull the working yarn through the loop on your hook to finish it off, and use your tapestry needle to weave in the ends. All done!

I like my pot-holders to be square, but I can't really be bothered to count rows, so I simply fold my work-in-progress in half along the diagonal, and when both sides are even, I'm done!*

So that's it. I'm having a blast making these pot-holders, and I hope you guys will too! If you have any pattern corrections or suggestions (believe it or not, this is my first time writing up a pattern), please let me know!

Happy stitching!

*A note on finishing: A lot of people like to block their finished crochet/knitting pieces, and I do too! I just haven't been bothering to block my pot-holders, and you'll probably find that you don't need to either. With some regular use, they'll end up blocking themselves.

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