Potholders

You probably won’t find potholders making anyone’s list of most glamorous crochet or knitting projects. However, you might be surprised to learn that, if I had to make a list of favorite crochet projects, potholders would be one of the project groupings at the top of my list.


Why, you might ask?


Lots of reasons:

  • Potholders are a great outlet for using up experimental swatches and squares, assuming I used appropriate yarn (typically cotton or wool.)
  • Potholders don’t need to fit anybody, so I don’t stress out about gauge when I’m making them.
  • I find it really interesting to work on layering two different stitch patterns together, for example a lacy stitch pattern over a solid one, to create different potholder designs.
  • Potholders offer an outlet for testing out zany color combinations.
  • Potholders are low-commitment projects that can be finished up quickly, yet they are extremely useful to have around.

Want to join me in crocheting or knitting some potholders? If so, I invite you to browse through these patterns, and get started on any that happen to catch your eye.

Easy Tunisian Crochet Potholders

If you’re the kind of person who likes potholders to be basic, in an attractive yet unremarkable sort of way, this is the pattern for you. These potholders don’t do much to draw attention to themselves; if you look at them closely, you’ll see that they’re pleasantly textured, but there are no color patterns or pictures or anything crazy like that.

These potholders are a fantastic introduction to the Tunisian crochet technique. If you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet before, this is a fantastic starter pattern.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy. We’re talking really, truly, stupidly easy.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Striped Crochet Christmas Potholders

It’s the colorway that makes these potholders festive and “Christmas-y.” I’ve also tried stitching them in other colors, which I encourage you to do as well.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Pretty Afghan Stitch Crochet Potholders

Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Crochet Cupcake Potholders

Crochet Cupcake Potholder -- Free Crochet Pattern and Chart Available Online
Crochet Cupcake Potholder — Free Crochet Pattern and Chart Available Online

For the chef who loves baking sweet confections: these cupcake potholders would be a delightful addition to the kitchen decor. These are also a nice design to make for anyone who appreciates cupcakes, even if they don’t necessarily get around to baking them.

For those of you who give handmade Christmas gifts, I think that pairs of these potholders would be worthwhile gifts to give to family, friends or colleagues — especially if you give each pair of potholders packaged together with some actual cupcakes, or perhaps some other kitchen items.

I’ve considered putting cupcakes in a lidded tin, then placing the potholders on top, and then tying the grouping together with attractive ribbon and a bow.

I’ve also considered putting these potholders in a gift basket, along with a few hand towels and dishcloths.

I think this is one of those projects that it’s also nice to make and keep for yourself. I give away most of what I crochet, but I did manage to keep a couple of pairs of these for us to use in our kitchen.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Crochet Potholder With Angled Stripes

This intriguing pattern can look dramatically different, depending on the colors you use for crocheting it. You can vary the look even more by choosing different edgings for finishing it off.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design (includes a chart).
  • Crochet Skill Level: Intermediate.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay