Crochet Snowflake Potholders: Project Photos
Project Description: Crochet Snowflake Potholders
Snowflakes intrigue the eye and the imagination. These crochet snowflake potholders are especially interesting because the snowflake applique adds texture and dimension, as well as a lacy touch, to an otherwise utilitarian design. We’ve provided the free pattern for crocheting these potholders, along with a tapestry crochet chart you can use for easily working the color changes.
Supplies Needed for Crocheting Snowflake Potholders:
Yarn: For each potholder, you’ll need two different colors of worsted weight yarn in a fiber such as organic cotton or wool that’s suitable for making potholders. DO NOT use acrylic or synthetic yarns, as they can melt or emit toxic vapors if they get hot.
- Yarn color A corresponds to the lighter off-white color on the chart.
- Yarn color B corresponds to the darker tan / khaki color on the chart.
I crocheted my sample potholder using two different weights of Knitpicks Simply Cotton yarn. I used the worsted weight for the main part of the potholder and the lighter weight sport weight version for the snowflake applique. It’s also possible to make the snowflake motif using crochet thread.
Crochet Hooks and Tools — For the Body of the Potholder: H / 8 / 5.0 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
For the Snowflake Applique: C / 2.5 mm crochet hook.
For Weaving in Ends: Tapestry needle
Size of the Finished Potholders: Each potholder measures approximately 7.25 inches square, not including the hanging loop. The hanging loop measures about 1.5 inches. Your finished snowflake should measure 4 – 4.25 inches.
Gauge: 7 stitches and 7 rows = Approximately 2 inches.
Be sure to check your gauge. If your gauge is significantly different than mine, you’ll want to switch crochet hooks and try again. Usually, gauge wouldn’t be too important for a potholder, but in this case you want to be sure that your snowflake and potholder will be sized correctly for use together.
One square on the chart = 1 sc st.
When crocheting the charted design, you’ll be working in the tapestry crochet technique.
Using color A, ch 26. sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Begin working the chart:
Starting with row 2, work through both loops of the stitches in the previous row.
When you’ve completed the chart, ch 12 to form a hanging loop. Secure the hanging loop to the body of the potholder with a sl st. Then work one round of sl st around the outer edge of the potholder.
Crochet the Snowflake Applique
Center the snowflake applique on the body of the potholder and pin it in place. Stitch it to the body of the potholder.
Surface Crochet Details: Using color B, outline the center panel using slip stitches on the surface of the potholder. Your guideline is the spot where colors A and B touch each other.
End off and weave in your ends.