When you crochet this potholder with red and white yarn, the striped pattern resembles a Christmas candy cane design. We’ve provided the free pattern for making these potholders, along with a color chart you can use for crocheting the color changes.
Project Photo: See a larger picture of the candy cane potholder.
For each potholder, you’ll need two different colors of worsted weight cotton yarn. The sample was worked in Peaches and Creme cotton yarn in the following colors:
- Red (Color A -- Corresponds to the red color on the chart)
- White (Color B -- corresponds to white color on the chart.)
See more color ideas for this pattern.
H / 8 / 5.0 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
7.5 stitches and 7.5 rows = 2 inches.
Gauge isn't too critical for success with this project; you'll be able to use your potholder even if it turns out a few inches larger or smaller than my sample potholder. However, it is still a good idea to check your gauge; if your gauge is drastically different, you'll want to switch crochet hooks.
One square on the chart = 1 sc st.
When working the charted design, you'll have one active color and one inactive color. Crochet overtop of your inactive color; hold it horizontally, so that it is parallel to the last row you worked. When you form your next stitch, the inactive color will be hiding inside of the stitch.
I created a tutorial illustrating a similar concept -- how to crochet over yarn ends. This is the same idea, with the only difference being that in this case you're working with a long piece of yarn rather than an end.
This makes a thick fabric that is well-suited for potholders.
Using color B, ch 26. sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Begin working the red and white diagonal stripes chart.
Starting with row 2, work through both loops of the stitches in the previous row.
When you've completed the chart, do not end off.
Outside Round: Working in color B, ch 12 to form the hanging loop. Secure the hanging loop to the corner of the potholder with a sl st. Then crochet evenly spaced sl sts all the way around the potholder.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of yarn at least 6 inches long for weaving in. Then, remove your hook, and insert it from back to front through the next sl st. Grab the active loop and pull it through the stitch so that it will be on the back of the work. Then end off.
Weave in the ends carefully using a tapestry needle. Your work will be visible on the back of the potholder, so be as neat as you can.
More Diagonal Stripes:
- Diagonal stripes image gallery
- Diagonal stripes afghan square -- If you'd like to see how the diagonal stripe design looks when crocheted with solid-colored acrylic yarns, the photo linked here will show you.