Christmas time is just around the corner and it’s always fun to crochet a few Christmas potholders for family and friends. And potholders are easy and quick to crochet! This Christmas potholder is quite simple as its main stitch in the pattern is Single Crochet.
The only ‘challenge’ here is the colour change and the carrying of the yarn, which is very easy too, once you know how to do it. If you are already experienced in this, then you can just scroll down for the free pattern!
But if you’ve never done this before, then don’t worry. I have recorded a video where I demonstrate how I changed colour (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the video). And what is a better way to practise colour change than making potholders? 🙂
This pattern is designed so that both sides look great without yarn threads stretching from one side to another or loose ends to weave in. The non-working yarn is carried throughout, so no long strings of different yarn are visible on the reverse side.
There will be only one end at the very top of the Christmas tree to weave in or pull through to the other side.
Yarn: 100% Cotton 8 ply/DK/3/Light Worsted (1 skein in white and 1 skein in green)
Hook: 3.5mm (E-4)
17cm x 15cm (6.75” x 6”)
20 stitches x 23 rows in pattern = 4″
Ch = chain
St(s) = stitch(es)
SC(s) = single crochet(s)
MC = main colour
CC = contrasting colour
- Ch 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch
- Always carry the MC if not in use
- Carry CC as shown in the video
Ch 34 with MC (main colour)
Row 1: SC in the second chain from hook and across the row (total 33). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2-4: SC in the first stitch and across the row. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: We start to work on the Christmas tree in this row, working from the bottom up.
SC in each of the first 5 stitches, change to CC in the middle of the 5th stitch (watch the video demonstration at the bottom of the page). Work SC in the next 23 Sts and carry the MC along the row, crocheting over it. Change back to MC in the middle of the 23rd stitch and leave the CC at the back. Continue with MC working SC in the next 5 Sts. Ch 1 and turn.
SC in each stitch across with MC. Pick up the CC when you reach the 6th stitch (as shown in the video demonstration) and carry it to the second last St of CC in the previous row. Drop CC yarn to the front and complete the row by working SC in each of the remaining stitches. Ch 1 and turn.
Note: for ease of use, I will only put the number of stitches in each colour and row without repeating the instructions on how to do that, as they are the same.
Rows 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 are where you change colours.
Rows in between are crocheted in main colour (MC) while carrying the contrasting colour (CC) as shown in the video.
Remember always to change colour in the last step of the stitch before.
You can check the number of stitches in each colour in the graph below or continue following the written pattern. (click on the image to enlarge)
Row 7: 6 SC (mc), 21 SC (cc), 6 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 8: SC across in mc. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 9: 7 SC (mc), 19 SC (cc), 7 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 10: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 11: 8 SC (mc), 17 SC (cc), 8 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 12: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 13: 9 SC (mc), 15 SC (cc), 9 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 14: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 15: 10 SC (mc), 13 SC (cc), 10 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 16: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 17: 11 SC (mc), 11 SC (cc), 11 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 18: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 19: 12 SC (mc), 9 SC (cc), 12 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 20: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 21: 13 SC (mc), 7 SC (cc), 13 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 22: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 23: 14 SC (mc), 5 SC (cc), 14 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 24: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 25: 15 SC (mc), 3 SC (cc), 15 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 26: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 27: 16 SC (mc), 1 SC (cc), 16 SC (mc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 28-32: SC across in MC. Ch 1 and turn.
Make two of those, or make the reverse side plain in any of the colours. The same amount of chains (34), stitches (33) and rows (32).
Stitch them together with the yarn needle or use the slip stitch to crochet them along the sides together, and they are done!
Weave in all ends.
Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did making those potholders!
Looking for more Christmas crochet home decor? Check out these Christmas Tree coasters, they are fun & quick to make and use very little yarn!
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