How to Crochet a Potholder

How to Crochet a Potholder With a Miter
Mollie Johanson

Skip the Loom and Crochet Vintage-Style Potholders!

DIY Vintage-Style Crochet Potholder
Mollie Johanson

You may have woven loom potholders as a kid, but why not upgrade to crocheted potholders as an adult? Protect your hands and your table with a vintage handmade flair! These striped and scalloped potholders come together with half double crochet stitches for an easy and cute project. 

We based this design off of a vintage potholder but worked it up in cotton yarn for a faster finish. You can work up a complete potholder in an evening or two.

Make a few for yourself, then crochet a set for your mom or a friend!

Crochet Potholder Materials

Supplies for creating a crochet potholder
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Supplies

  • DK-Weight Cotton Yarn in Two Colors 
  • Size F/4mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle

Gauge

Gauge is not essential for this project.

Size

About seven inches square.

Abbreviations

Note: This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Form a Ring of Chain Stitches

A ring of chain stitches and a gray crochet hook
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Start with a slip knot. Chain 4 and slip stitch to join

How to Work the Rows

A half double crochet stitch in the ring to form a square
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Each row consists of a turning chain (these count as a half double crochet), half double crochet stitches, chain stitches, and more half double crochet stitches.

Each row adds stitches to increase and grow the potholder, and the chain stitches form a space that creates the miter. 

For quick reference, each row goes like this:

  • Ch 2. Hdc in each stitch. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc to the end. Turn.

Every third row has an extra stitch to increase the rows evenly. In these rows, work an hdc into the chain at the beginning of the space, then the hdc in the space, and continue as usual.

Work the Rows of Half Double Crochet and Chain Stitch

A red piece of yarn being hooked on to a gray crochet hook
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Color A

Row 1: Ch 2. Hdc 2. Ch 2. Hdc 3. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2. Hdc 2. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 2. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 2. Hdc 3. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 3. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 2. Hdc 4. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 4. Turn.

Change to Color B

Row 5: Ch 2. Hdc 5. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 5. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 2. Hdc 6. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 6. Turn.

Row 7: Ch 2. Hdc 7. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 7. Turn.

Change to Color A

Row 8: Ch 2. Hdc 8. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 8. Turn.

Row 9: Ch 2. Hdc 9. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 9. Turn.

Change to Color B

Row 10: Ch 2. Hdc 10. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 10. Turn.

Row 11: Ch 2. Hdc 11. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 11. Turn.

Row 12: Ch 2. Hdc 12. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 12. Turn.

Change to Color A

Row 13: Ch 2. Hdc 13. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 13. Turn.

Row 14: Ch 2. Hdc 14. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 14. Turn.

Change to Color B

Row 15: Ch 2. Hdc 15. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 15. Turn.

Row 16: Ch 2. Hdc 16. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 16. Turn.

Row 17: Ch 2. Hdc 17. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 17. Turn.

Change to Color A

Row 18: Ch 2. Hdc 18. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 18. Turn.

Row 19: Ch 2. Hdc 19. Hdc in the space. Ch 2. Hdc in the space. Hdc in the ch from the space. Hdc 19. Turn.

End off.

Make Two Pieces and Weave in Ends

Two crochet potholders
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Make two matching potholder pieces with the pattern above. Weave in all the ends.

The two sides are different, so be sure to turn the pieces so the matching sides face each other.

Begin the Shell Stitch Edging

Red yard hooked through white crocheted yarn
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 Hold the two potholder pieces together and draw up a loop through the starting ring. Chain 1.

Single Crochet Through the Starting Ring

Single Crochet 4 Into the Starting Ring
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Work 4 single crochet stitches into the starting ring. 

Add HDC Shell Stitch Border Around the Edge

A half Double Crochet Shell Around the Edges of a crocheted potholder
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Work a hdc shell edging around the potholder, working through both pieces to secure them. Crochet seven shells on each side, with a shell at each corner.

On the row edges, space the shells evenly, working between the rows. On the finished edge, skip a stitch from the corner, work a shell, then work a single crochet anchor in the next stitch. Skip a stitch, then place another shell, and so on.

Join the Edge and End Off the Yarn

Join to the First Single Crochet With a Slip Stitch
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When you reach the beginning of the edge, join the edging to the first single crochet stitch with a slip stitch.

Weave in the ends.

Crochet Potholder Ideas

Two crochet mitered potholders by a pot and a wooden spoon
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These potholders are a good size for pulling things out of the microwave or oven, holding hot handles, and even as trivets on your table. You can also make them larger for using under larger pots and casserole dishes. 

And while two colors give this a classic look, you can also use more colors for a rainbow potholder!