With just yarn and a pair of crochet hooks, you can make a number of items, from stuffed animals to scarves to decorations. However, one of the most basic crocheted items is also one of the most useful: the humble potholder. A free pattern for crochet potholders makes the craft much easier to complete. Potholders make great stocking stuffers to give as gifts and housewarming presents.
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Put yourself in a festive mood with fun Christmas-themed potholders, which can use while baking Christmas cookies, cakes, and pies or toiling over a holiday dinner. When complete, the potholder should be about 8 3/4 square inches, though they will shrink slightly after washing.
This same crochet potholder pattern can be varied in colors to suit different holidays as well. For example, work it in red, white and blue for use during Fourth of July and Memorial Day parties.
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Afghan crochet uses elongated hooks that create a specific stitch that is shaped like small squares made up of two horizontal lines of yarn with a vertical line on the top. This potholder uses Afghan stitches as the main stitch, which is accented by a single crochet around the edges.
This potholder can be made fancier by adding a V-stitch edging or more interesting by using different color patterns such as shaded denim. Another option is to add embroidery to this crochet potholder.
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American Flag Crochet Potholder Pattern
Rather than adapting a Christmas potholder pattern, pick out one that's meant to celebrate the Fourth of July, such as this American flag crochet potholder pattern. The final product will be about 8 inches by 5 inches and made up of red, white, and navy blue cotton yarn.
American Flag Crochet Potholder from Craft Yarn Council
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Use cotton yarn to make an oven mitt that will fit over your hand entirely, as the cotton won't stretch out or melt. This particular pattern, which requires one skein worsted weight cotton yarn, is made for a large adult hand. If you're making an oven mitt for a child or someone with smaller hands, use a smaller crochet hook.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Play with a food theme by creating apple potholders, made of two colors of yarn. Pick out a white or off-white yarn for the flesh of the apple and a red, yellow, or green hue for the skin, depending on which type of apple is your favorite. You might also want brown yarn for the seeds and stem, though it's not mandatory. You will also need a G or H hook for this pattern.
Apple Potholder from Star Wisps
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Crochet Watermelon Potholder Free Pattern
Those who prefer watermelons to apples can celebrate the juicy summer fruit with an appropriate crochet potholder pattern. This pattern makes a thick potholder that's around 6 inches by 12 inches, and it requires worsted yarn in green, red or pink, and black hues.
Watermelon Potholder from Christina Michel on Ravelry
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Bobble Heart Crochet Potholder Free Pattern
A bobble heart crocheted potholder has great texture, thanks to the stitches it uses. However, this isn't the type of pattern that you should use for mindless relaxation because it requires semi-tedious stitch-counting to complete. Pick out just two colors of yarn to complete this bobble heart potholder.
Crochet Bobble Heart Potholder from You Should Craft