Brighten up your kitchen with these cheerful striped heart potholders.
These potholders are worked in rows of tapestry crochet. This design is unique because, even though it is worked in rows instead of rounds, all the mid-row color changes take place on the back of the work.
If you already have some experience with crochet, and tapestry crochet interests you, this pattern is an easy way to get started with the technique.
- Yellow (Color A -- Corresponds to lightest color on the striped heart chart)
- Camel (Color B -- corresponds to medium color on the chart)
- Red (Color C -- corresponds to darkest color on the chart)
H / 8 / 5.0 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
For Weaving in Ends: Tapestry needle
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.
Color Changes: While working the charted heart design, you will have one active color and two inactive colors. Crochet overtop of both inactive colors; hold them horizontally, so that they are parallel to the last row you worked. When you form your next stitch, the inactive colors will be hiding inside of the stitch.
If you aren't already familiar with this process for changing colors in crochet, there are two tutorials I'd like to invite you to look at:
- Check out this tutorial for how to do tapestry crochet.
- See this tutorial for how to change colors in single crochet stitch.
Crocheting Over Your Ends: One other technique you'll find helpful: be sure to crochet overtop of your yarn ends after you change colors. If you don't do this, you will end up with too many ends to weave in (unless of course weaving in ends is your favorite thing to do, in which case, have at it.) If you aren't already familiar with that technique, you can find a tutorial for it here: how to crochet over yarn ends.
Using these techniques together, you'll produce a stiff, thick fabric that is well-suited for potholders.
Using color A, ch 26. sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Begin working the striped heart chart. To keep a consistent look throughout the project, you may wish to work overtop of color B and color C starting with row 1. Work in sc, turning your work at the end of every row; use a turning chain of 1 stitch.
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; change colors to color B.
Round 1: Using color B, work evenly spaced sl sts all the way around the potholder. At the end of the round, change colors to color A.
Round 2: Work 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 get to the upper left hand corner, ch 12 to form the hanging loop for the potholder. Then join the work to the body of the potholder with another sl st.
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.
Heart Outline in Surface Crochet (Optional)
To make the heart design stand out more, you may wish to work an outline around it in surface crochet. You can use any color you like. I used color C (red) for the outline in the sample potholder.
To do this, I worked slip stitches on the surface of the potholder, all the way around the heart. Click here to see a tutorial.
Alternatively, you could embroider these stitches instead. Sandi Marshall created a free tutorial explaining the technique for embroidering chain stitches. Her tutorial demonstrates the technique on a dish towel, but there are many different ways you could use it.