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Of all the potholders that you can crochet, we think this one is the most fun. It's double thickness when it's completed but there's only one seam. And that's the question most people ask when they see one of these crochet potholders... How do you wind up with only one seam?
The multi-color potholder (on the right) is a tighter weave, accomplished by simply using a small crochet hook. The pink potholder with the white stripe (in the center) was created with a larger crochet hook, which gave it a looser weave.
The red, white, and blue potholder was also made using a larger crochet hook. And in order to get the stripes to come out even, a couple of extra rounds were added.
- scrap yarn
- size E crochet hook (results in tight weave)
- size H crochet hook (results in looser weave)
Starting Round - Skip 2 chains, dc in 3rd ch from hook. Dc in remaining chains, placing 2 dc in last ch. Without turning and working up the opposite side of the starting chain, dc in each of the remaining chains. (You should now have a total of 68 dc plus the 2 skipped chains.)
To finish Round 1, draw yarn through the top of 2 skipped chains to begin a sl st. With those 2 loops on your hook, yarn over with the second color, and pull through the 2 loops on hook to complete the sl st.
NOTE: If you're making a potholder with different color stripes like the red, white, and blue one, you'll need to change color every 2 rounds.
Round 1 - Ch 3. Dc in each dc all the way around. Sl st in top of ch-3.
Rounds 2 thru 8 - Repeat Round 1.
Depending on the size crochet hook and the yarn (some are more tightly woven than otheres), you might have to adjust the number of rounds you complete.
Your goal is to work the piece until it is large enough for the two sides to meet when folded diagonally. The following images show how the piece develops as you crochet additional rounds.
With right sides facing out, stitch along the entire seam.
At one finished corner, attach yarn. Chain 12, sl st in same space that you attached yarn. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.