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Animal Potholders and Towel Toppers,
Crocheted in the Round


Dateline: 7/12/1997
Photo added January 2006

Adding different crocheted pieces to the basic circle will make different animals.

Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn; for safety's sake, cotton should always be used (will not melt) for making potholders; acrylic may be used for the towel toppers.
2 1/2 oz. main color
small amounts of contrasting colors
For potholder: plastic ring
Size G crochet hook

Finished size: 7" round

Directions
Basic Circle (make 2)
Rnd 1: ch 4, join with sl st to form ring; ch 3, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st in the top of the ch 3.
Rnd 2: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, 2 dc in ea dc around, join with sl st.
Rnd 3: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 4: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 5: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, dc in last 3 dc, join with sl st.
Rnd 6: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, dc in last 4 dc, join with sl st.
End off. Weave in ends.

Cat Potholder or Towel Topper:
Make 2 basic circles in your choice of color for cat.

Nose: You may wish to use a round, flat button for the nose or make this crocheted nose:
Rnd 1: With pink or lighter shade of main color, ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch 3.
Fasten off, leaving a 7" tail. With large-eye needle, weave yarn tail under loop of ea sc, pull tight to draw up the edge of the round into a ball. When mouth piece is completed, sew nose to mouth as directed.

Mouth: With white or another light color, ch 3, 4 dc in 3rd ch from hook.
Row 2: ch 3, dc in same st, dc in ea of next 3 dc, 2 dc in last dc.
Row 3: ch 3, dc in same st, hdc in next dc, sc in next dc, sl st in next dc, sc in next dc, hdc in next dc, then dc in last dc, ch 3, sl st in base of dc just made. End off.
Attach yarn in center of row 1, ch 1, sc, evenly spaced around edge, working down sides of stitches; at row 3, sc in first 4 st, sl st in center, sc in last 4 st; sc, evenly spaced on last edge, working up sides of stitches, sl st in beginning ch 1. End off. Weave in ends.
Sew nose over row 1 of mouth piece. Note: When sewing mouth on, you can shape it a bit as you sew it on; it should look like an upside down heart. Sew mouth to basic circle front, with row 1 placed at center of rnd 1 of basic circle.

Ears: (Make 2) With main color, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (6 sc).
Row 2: ch 1, (pull up a loop in 1st sc, pull up a loop in 2nd sc, yarn over hook, pull through 3 loops on hook - sc dec made); sc in next 2 sc, work sc dec in last 2 sc.
Row 3: ch 1, work a sc dec in 1st two sc, work a sc dec in last two sc.
Row 4: ch 1, work a sc dec in remaining two sc. End off.
Attach yarn at end of row 1; sc in end of starter ch, sc in end of ea row along side of ear; (sc, ch 1, sc) in st at top, sc in end of ea row along other side of ear, ending at opposite end of starter ch row. End off, leaving an 8" tail for sewing ear to head.
Center Ear Piece: (Make 2) With pink or a lighter shade of main color, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch (2 sc).
Row 2: ch 1, sc dec in the two sc. End off.
Attach yarn at end of row 1; sc in end of starter chain and in end of each row, (sc, ch 1, sc) at top, sc in end of each row along other side of ear piece, ending at opposite end of starter chain row.
End off, leaving a 7" tail for sewing. Matching bottom edges of ear and center ear pieces, with the center ear positioned over middle four stitches of ear row 1, sew the center ear piece to the ear.

Eyes: Sew on purchased wiggley eyes or make these crocheted eyes:
(Make 2) ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea of next 3 sc, sl st in next sc. End off.
Sew eyes on over upper half of rnd 2 of basic circle front. Add black to the center of the eyes, if you wish to (using yarn threaded on a large-eye needle) - see example photo at the top of this page.

Embroider whisker details with black floss or yarn. Optional: I also did an embroidery straight stitch outline with black yarn close to the outside edges around the eyes, nose and mouth (with the yarn threaded on a large-eye needle).

For Potholder: Holding wrong sides of two basic circles together, attach main color in any stitch. Working sc through both thicknesses (to join the circles), sc in ea dc around. End off. Weave in ends.
Sew ears to top edge.
Attach main color yarn to a plastic ring. sc around ring to cover. End off, leaving a 7" tail; sew to back of potholder, near top edge, in middle.


Copyright '97
S. Marshall

For Towel Topper: Find center of basic circle front (directly below where center of mouth is sewed on). From that center point, count over 15 stitches to the left. Attach main color yarn in that 15th stitch. Holding the two basic circle pieces wrong sides together; ch 1, working through both thicknesses (to join circles), sc in next 48 dc. Now working through stitches of front circle only, sc in last 30 dc. End off. Attach yarn at first unworked dc of back circle; working through the stitches of back circle only, ch 1, sc in remaining 30 dc. End off.
Prepare dish towel: Refer to the Stained Glass Towel Topper pattern in the 04/12/97 feature for detailed directions for gathering towel edge.
Position gathered towel within the opening at bottom of the two circles. Pin in place. With regular sewing needle and thread by hand, or with sewing macine, sew edge of circle back to the towel, then sew circle front edge in place over towel.

Dangling Fish: ch 10, working in back loops only, *sl in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next loop, hdc in next loop, dc in next loop, hdc in next loop, sc in next loop, sl st in next loop** sc in next loop, dc in last loop; ch 3, sl st in base of dc just made; ch 3, (working down other side), dc in remaining front loop at base of last dc made, sc in next loop; repeat * to **. End off. Weave in ends.
Attach light color yarn at tip of fish head, ch 12. End off, leaving a 7" tail for sewing. Sew to bottom edge of head, positioning fish so it dangles off-center.

For hanging towel topper: Attach a length of ribbon at top of head; or sc around a large plastic ring, sew ring to back of head, near top, in middle.

The pig potholder and towel topper pattern is found in the 11/1/97 feature.

Patterns copyright 1997 Sandi Marshall.
Free for your own personal use only.
Patterns are not to be sold or redistributed in any form. All rights reserved worldwide.

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