Who doesn’t enjoy baking, and having fresh home-baked goodies, at Christmas time? And what chef wouldn’t want to have a pair of these delightful cupcake potholders handy in the kitchen during the baking fest?
This potholder would be especially fun to make and use during the Christmas season, so I crocheted my sample project in Christmas-friendly colors. However, you could make this design in other colors for year-around use.Skill Level: Experienced
You’ll need 4 different colors of yarn:
- Color A: The main color / background color. In my sample potholder, this is the off white / cream color.
- Color B: The cake color. In my sample potholder, this is the muted brown color.
- Color C: The cupcake frosting color. In my sample potholder, this is the green color.
- Color D: The border color, also used for the cherry. You could make these two different colors if you prefer, in which case, there would be five colors all together.
In my sample potholder, all of the above colors are feltable worsted weight wool yarn, except for the cake color, which is a light worsted weight. Ideally, you would use the same yarn weight for all colors in this pattern. I didn’t have a good cake color handy in my stash, which is the only reason I went for a light worsted weight instead of using the same weight throughout.
If you don’t want to use wool yarn, I suggest trying this pattern with cotton instead. I absolutely do not recommend acrylic for all the reasons I explain in my article called Which yarn should I use for crocheting potholders?
Crochet Hook: I used a size I / 9 – 5.50 mm crochet hook.
My sample potholder is quite large, measuring about 9 inches wide and about 8.5 inches high. My original plan was to felt it. I expect the felting process would shrink the potholder somewhat, so I wanted to be sure to start out with enough fabric that it would still be a decent size even if it shrinks substantially. I’m not sure whether I will go through with the felting or not. I ended up liking the potholder quite a bit as is, so I may just skip the felting and use it right away. It will likely get felted soon enough from repeated washings, anyway.
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Design Notes: You’ll work in the tapestry crochet technique throughout this project. If you are unfamiliar with the technique, you are invited to visit my tapestry crochet tutorial to learn how to do it.
Success with this project involves paying careful attention to detail in the finishing stages.
To create the cherry motif, you’ll be using the technique of cross stitch on crochet.
You’ll be using surface crochet slip stitches to create outlines around the cupcake and cherry.
Crochet this cupcake chart as follows:
- On the original chart, the background is pale pink; use off-white for the background instead.
- On the original chart, the cake is light tan. Use muted brown for the cake color instead.
- On the original chart, the frosting is pink. Use green for the frosting instead.
- The cherry is marked in red Xs on the original chart, and it will be cross stitched in red in this pattern too.
Using color A, ch 29. Begin working the cupcake color chart. sc in 2nd ch from hook to start off. Do not crochet the red Xes on the chart; ignore them for now. The Xes denote areas that will be cross stitched, and the cross stitch will be worked overtop of the cupcake pattern after you are finished crocheting the square.
Crochet the Edging:
When you have finished crocheting the chart, change colors to color D. Work a round of sc st around the outer perimeter of the square using color D. Put 2 ch sts in ea corner.
In the top left corner, work loose ch sts to form a hanging loop for the potholder. I worked 12 chs total, but you can work however many you want to get the size hanging loop that would work best for you.
Then work an additional round of sl st around the outer edge and end off.
For a bit of extra color and dimension, you can work a round of surface crochet slip stitches in the spot where the border touches the outer edge of the charted design. On my sample project, I worked these sl sts in green yarn. I think this makes a really nice finishing touch for the edging, and it ties the colors together nicely.
Weave in loose ends.
Stitch the Cherry Motif:
Thread your tapestry crochet needle using color D. Use it to cross stitch the cherry onto the top of the cupcake. Each red X on the chart represents a cross stitch on the finished piece.
Finishing the Cupcake Design:
Insert your crochet hook into a spot where colors A, C and D touch each other. Pull up a loop of color C and use it for working an outline of surface crochet slip stitches around the outer edge of the frosting on the cupcake. You'll be working these sts in the area where colors A and C touch each other.
This is your opportunity to "clean up" the jagged edges and make the cupcake look as appealing as possible. Study the sample carefully; see how I used my surface crochet stitches to outline each portion of the cupcake motif?
Using color D, work a round of surface crochet slip stitches in a circle overtop of the cross stitched area. This makes the cherry motif appear to be round instead of square. End off color D and weave in loose ends.
Insert your hook into a spot where colors A, B and C touch each other. Pull up a loop of color B and work surface crochet slip stitches around the edge of the cupcake, working around the area where colors A and B touch each other.
End off. Weave in the remaining loose ends. Block the potholder if desired.
Happy baking, and happy holidays!