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Crocheted Set-of-Three Pot Holders

Like a lot of New York City kitchens, mine is a bit underutilized, shall we say. But, while the cayenne pepper may be from 2009 and the knives that were a wedding present almost fifteen years ago haven't been sharpened since said wedding, there is an oasis in my kitchen that is well tended and totally loved, and that is my collection of kitchen textiles.

I cherish the dish towels my mother made me from the 1940's floral tablecloths she hoards and the vintage linen towel Joelle got for each of us on a trip to Switzerland, and also the needlepoint trivet my grandmother stitched (a picture of a Sumo wrestler) and even the crocheted one I designed for the Purl Bee (a watermelon slice). And so this Set-of-Three Pot Holders joins a kitchen where they may get used only periodically, but where they will always be treasured.

To make these, I put on my best chef's hat and thought about the improvisational spirit of making a seasonal soup. I started with a base of Merchant & Mills' tasty Baker's Twine, threw in a dash of Brooklyn Tweed's peppery Shelter and added a cup of Purl Soho's creamy Worsted Twist. The result is a well-balanced, nuanced and really interesting soup... er, I mean, set of pot holders!

To hook up your own, pick up Purl Soho's Yarn for Set-of-Three Pot Holders right here. Choose from three lovely colorways: Gray, Black or Red. Enjoy, love and hold dear! -Whitney

Materials

Purl Soho's Yarn for Set-of-Three Pot Holders makes at least three pot holders and comes in three colorways...

Gray

Black

Red

You will also need...

Gauge

34 single crochets = 4 inches using the Worsted Twist

Size

Finished Diameter: 8 inches, measuring from straight side to straight side; and 9 inches, measuring from corner to corner.

Note

When measuring the diameter throughout this pattern, measure from one straight side across to the opposite straight side. As you can see from the finished size, above, measuring from corner to corner yields a different result!

Pattern

Version A

With Color A...

Round 1: Chain (ch) 1 into an adjustable loop, make 6 single crochets (sc) into the loop. [6 stitches]

Round 2: Make 2 sc into each stitch. [12 stitches]

Round 3: *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. [18 stitches]

Round 4: *1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. [24 stitches]

Round 5: *1 sc into next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. [30 stitches]

Continue to work in this pattern, each round adding one stitch between the increases, until the piece measures 8 inches (see Pattern Note, above).

Final Round: Slip stitch into each single crochet to the end of the round.

Cut yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch. (I didn't make a hanging loop for the Version A pot holder because it feels like it would actually make a great trivet! If you do want a loop, though, just follow the instructions in the Make Hanging Loop section of the Version B pattern, below.)

Weave in all the ends and block.

Version B

With Color B, work as for Version A pot holder until piece measures 3 inches in diameter. Do not make the last single crochet of the last round.

Change Colors

Still using Color B, do the first half of the final single crochet of the round.

Now using Color C, finish the single crochet by pulling the new yarn through the two loops on the hook.

Continue

Cut Color B.

With Color C, continue in pattern until piece measures 7 1/4 inches in diameter.

With Color A, change colors as described above. Cut Color C.

With Color A, continue to crochet in the same pattern until piece measures 8 inches across.

Final Round: Slip stitch into each single crochet to the end of the round.

Make Hanging Loop

Make a 3-inch chain, and keeping the chain untwisted, slip stitch into the base of the chain.

Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch.

Weave in all the ends and block.

Version C

With Color A, work as for Version A pot holder until piece measures 5 inches in diameter; or since the Baker's Twine's yardage can vary slightly, until the piece is as close to 5 inches as you can get! Do not make the last single crochet of the last round.

With Color C, change colors as described in the Version B pattern, above. Cut Color A and with Color C, continue in pattern until piece measures 7 5/8 inches in diameter.

With Color B, change colors. Cut Color C and with Color B, continue to crochet in the same pattern until piece measures 8 inches across.

Final Round: Slip stitch into each single crochet to the end of the round.

Make a hanging loop as described in the Version B pattern, above.

Weave in all the ends and block.

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2 Responses to Crocheted Set-of-Three Pot Holders


  1. MaryAnne says:

    I like these spiral potholders very much but is there not a way to avoid that jagged edge where the second colour is joined in?

  2. Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

    Hi MaryAnne,

    A quick Google search reveals that indeed there is a special technique for avoiding that color-change jog. Try searching for “jogless stripes crochet”. Lots of tutorials pop up!

    Let us know how it goes, and we’ll take a look, too, so that next time we can employ some fancy new techniques. Thanks so much for asking!

    Whitney

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