Diagonal stripes intrigue the eye and the imagination. This diagonal striped potholder is especially interesting because the pattern is crocheted with variegated yarns. Of course, you can substitute solid yarns if you prefer. We’ve provided the free pattern for crocheting the potholder, along with a chart you can use for easily visualizing the design.
Project Photo: Click here to see a larger photo of this potholder.
For each potholder, you’ll need two different colors of worsted weight cotton yarn. The sample was worked in Lily Sugar 'n' Cream cotton yarn in the following colors:
- Swimming Pool (Color A -- Corresponds to the blue color on the diagonal striped chart)
- Key Lime Pie (Color B -- corresponds to tan / khaki color on the chart.)
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 this concept: how to do tapestry crochet.
This makes a thick fabric that is well-suited for potholders.
Using color A, ch 26. sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Begin working the 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.
Round 1: Working in color B, crochet evenly spaced sl sts all the way around the potholder. At the end of the round, change colors to color A.
Round 2: In the upper left hand corner of the potholder, ch 12 to form the hanging loop. Secure the hanging loop to the potholder with a sl st. Then, working through back loops only of the sl sts in the previous rounds, work 1 sl st in each sl st, all the way around the potholder.
When you have worked a sl st in each of the sl sts from the previous round, 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.