Sunday, March 22, 2009

Double thick single crochet potholders

This past Monday, a very nice lady approached me when she noticed one of my crocheted flowers. I gave one to her and in exchange she showed me a stitch I had never come across in my 35+ years of crocheting! It is made by crocheting into the back loop of the current row and a loop of the previous row at the same time. This produces a single crocheted piece that is double in thickness compared to a regular single crochet. She then gave me 3 potholders that she crocheted this way. How nice! I was happy to share my treasures with Leah and Steph. Unfortunately, mine now sits next to my chair, partially dismembered because I forgot how the potholder was made by the time I got home. Thank God for the sample because now I can share it with you!

Mine is made with a size "H" crochet hook and two colors of Lily Sugar 'N Cream cotton.

Chain 26. Turn and single crochet in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, which makes 25 single crochets. At the end of every row, ch 1 then turn.

From here to the end of the potholder, put hook into the back loop of the current row and the corresponding loop from the row below. Make sure you continue to have 25 sts every row. I found the last stitch to be the most difficult to make because the stitch from the previous row is a bit tight.

When the piece is of the desired length, you will put the hook in the the two loops as usual, however, you will make a slip stitch instead of a single crochet. This will finish off the top of the piece nicely. Create a hanging loop if desired by chaining 7 or 8 and attaching next to beginning chain. Chain 1, turn and single crochet into the loop. Fasten off and weave in ends.

I did some baking this weekend and this potholder was sufficiently thick to protect my hands from the heat.








15 comments:

Barb said...

These potholders are wonderful. Thanks for showing us in such great detail how to do this. I'm definitely going to try this.
p.s. love your color choice!

PhyllisKoz said...
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PhyllisKoz said...

I wish you had a video on youtube. I was not able to find the right stitch to pick up on the second row (figure 6). I need help!

craftinggal said...

Thanks for the great pattern and the details you left are great. I think learning how to hold it and not get it upside down is very hard but after the first couple of rows it goes much easier. Thank you again.

Diane said...

Wow, thanks so much for this pattern. I picked it up on your post to the fave crafts. I make yoga mat covers and have a little amount left from 3 balls of S&C. I usually knit my dish cloths and so had not thought of how to get all ends hidden well. Crochet is perfect.
Really like what you have done with it and also your tea cozies.
Again thanks

~Chell S. said...

I absolutely LOVE this stitch! Thank you so much for sharing. I was looking for a nice, simple stitch for a double thick fabric for potholders for my mom. She's crocheted for years but, can't read patterns but, with such a simple stitch and the great, step-by-step photos you've shared, I think most anyone with some experience with how a crocheted fabric should look, and understanding of the components of that fabric, should have no problem with this simple, lovely pattern.

The Sayre Clan said...

I had a missionary friend give me a set of hot pads made from this stitch, and I loved them. She gave me a vague idea of how they were made and promised to sit down and show me, but never got the chance to before she went home. I have been searching for a pattern that used the stitch as she described, and this is it to a T!!! I am forever grateful for the woman who shared this with you, and you for sharing it with all of us! I love this hot pad and now can make many many more! Thanks!~~Wendy

Anne said...

This pattern is awesome! I've already made about 6 to give as Christmas presents and haven't lost interest in making more yet :) Thank You! I love it.

Rachel Scott said...

easy pattern. easy instructions. works up easily. nice and thick. LOVE IT! Am making my own and then will do some to add to housewarming baskets and bridal shower gift baskets.

Cynthia Goldenbusky said...

I just found this pattern today and I find your instructions very easy to follow even though I am somewhat a "seasoned" crocheted. I am enjoying working on it and see several of them in my near an present future.
Thx for sharing n look forward to visiting often.

Lupe Durham said...

where is the link to print pattern?

seniorpal said...

First Thank You for this pattern. I do have a question. In the 3rd Row you
pick up bl & where for front of last post ? Am I clear. I will know once I start I supose. Thanks.
Susan m J

MikKnits said...

Susan, I'm sorry but I dont understand your question. Hope you figured it out.

MikKnits said...

Susan, I'm sorry but I dont understand your question. Hope you figured it out.

Ramblin' said...

HELP! Do you sell these? I am a hopeless clutz with a crochet hook and this pattern is perfect!

Thanks, I will make an attempt, but I'm not promising anything, I really like your work.