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Snowflake Potholders – Free Crochet Pattern

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Snowflake Potholder Crocheted in Knitpicks

Snowflake Potholder Crocheted in Knitpicks "Simply Cotton" yarns

Photo © Amy Solovay

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Project Overview:

Snowflakes intrigue the eye and the imagination. This snowflake potholder is especially interesting because the snowflake applique adds texture and dimension, as well as a lacy touch, to an otherwise utilitarian design. We’ve provided the free pattern for crocheting these potholders, along with a chart you can use for easily working the color changes.

Pattern Update: This pattern was updated on July 1, 2012, to add new yarn information. If your copy of the pattern is older than that, you may wish to print out the revision.

Project Photos:

Materials:

Yarn:

For each potholder, you’ll need two different colors of worsted weight kitchen cotton yarn. Originally, the project was created with the following yarn colors:

  • Lily Sugar 'n' Cream in Soft Ecru (Color A – Corresponds to the lighter off-white color on the chart)
  • Peaches & Creme Camel (Color B – corresponds to the darker tan / khaki color on the chart.)

Crochet Thread:

You'll need a partial ball of size 3 cotton crochet thread for crocheting the snowflake applique.

Update: To the best of my present knowledge, the Peaches & Creme Camel color is no longer available. I now recommend the following yarns for this project:

  • Knitpicks Simply Cotton Worsted in the "Marshmallow" color (Color A – Corresponds to the lighter off-white color on the chart)
  • Knitpicks Simply Cotton Worsted in the "Camel Heather" color (Color B – corresponds to the darker tan / khaki color on the chart.)
  • Knitpicks Simply Cotton Sport yarn in the "Marshmallow" color, for crocheting the snowflake

Feel free to substitute colors or brands of yarn, but do make sure to use either cotton or wool. Do not use acrylic or synthetic yarns for crocheting potholders.

Crochet Hooks and Tools:

For the Body of the Potholder: H / 8 / 5.0 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.

For the Snowflake Applique: C / 2.5 mm crochet hook.

For Weaving in Ends: Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:

Finished Size:

Each potholder measures approximately 7.25 inches square, not including the hanging loop. The hanging loop measures about 1.5 inches.

Your finished snowflake should measure 4 - 4.25 inches.

Gauge:

7 stitches and 7 rows = Approximately 2 inches.

Be sure to check your gauge. If your gauge is significantly different than mine, you'll want to switch crochet hooks and try again. Usually, gauge wouldn't be too important for a potholder, but in this case you want to be sure that your snowflake and potholder will be sized correctly for use together.

Design Notes:

One square on the chart = 1 sc st.

When crocheting the charted design, you'll be working in the tapestry crochet technique.

Color Changes:

Potholder Instructions:

Using color A, ch 26. sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Begin working the chart.

Starting with row 2, work through both loops of the stitches in the previous row.

When you've completed the chart, ch 12 to form a hanging loop. Secure the hanging loop to the body of the potholder with a sl st. Then work one round of sl st around the outer edge of the potholder.

End off. Weave in the ends using a tapestry needle. Your work will be visible on the back of the potholder, so be as neat as you can.

Crochet the Snowflake Applique:

Work the snowflake applique using the snowflake applique pattern.

Center the snowflake applique on the body of the potholder and pin it in place. Stitch it to the body of the potholder.

If you need more info about how to attach an applique to a craft project, please see this tutorial for attaching appliques.

Surface Crochet Details:

Using color B, outline the center panel using slip stitches on the surface of the potholder. Your guideline is the spot where colors A and B touch each other. Click here to see a tutorial for this technique.

End off and weave in your ends.

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