It can be interesting to crochet symmetrical-yet-asymmetrical designs such as these crochet potholders with angled stripes. The stripes are reasonably simple, and they lean in only one direction. When viewed with the hanging loop at the top left, the design looks asymmetrical. When you hang the potholders up on a hook and view them that way, the design looks more symmetrical. It’s interesting to see how their look changes when you just change the perspective a bit.
Then there are the colors.
This is a simple design that I find endlessly fascinating, because tiny little changes, like your yarn colors, can affect the design dramatically.
The design on the left reminds me of peppermint candies, and it’s fun to use at Christmastime.
The design on the right is more serene, and I think it’s a lovely look for everyday use.
Then there’s this version, which is even more colorful. You crochet the same exact design in the same colors as pictured in photo #1, above left. Then you add two different colors of blue using surface crochet to create the blue stripes. The end result is a whole different look: a red, white and blue potholder that you could bring to your Fourth of July picnics to have handy on the picnic table or near the barbecue area.
Free Crochet Potholder Pattern
To make this potholder: Use cotton yarn to crochet a starting chain of 26 stitches.
Follow this chart to work the color pattern:
If you want to add surface crochet details, as pictured in the red, white and blue version of the potholder, this is the time to do it.
When you are finished, do not cut your yarns. Instead, you’ll use them for working an edging around the potholder.
To finish my sample potholders, I used a stupidly simple edging. You may wish to use a fancier one. If you want to go with the same one pictured here, just use one yarn color for working a round of slip stitch all the way around the outer edge of the potholder. In the upper left corner, work 10 – 20 chains for the hanging loop. Then you can end off in that color.
With your second color, work an additional round of slip stitch all the way around the potholder. Then end that color off as well.
Weave in your loose ends.
Need Help With Any of These Crochet Techniques?
If so, help is here:
- Learn the tapestry crochet technique at crochet.about.com.
- Learn the surface crochet technique at crochet.about.com.
Check Out More Angled Stripes:
There are just about one hundred bajillion different things you could do with your output from the chart pictured on this page. Potholders, yes, those are a no-brainer — but there are sooooo many other ways you could use this design. Click here to check out some more possibilities, including afghan designs and more.