They are made of acrylic yarn so I was a little tentative about using them for very hot oven items, thinking they might melt. They have worked well as micro-wave helpers! I inspected their construction and made up a pattern and use cotton yarn for these pot holders.
I am left-handed and taught myself to crochet from a right-handed book so I am showing you my work. It will look backwards to a right handed crocheter...Lefties deal with this all the time!
My daughter, Faith, also crochets right handed... see her chevron afghan here.
This is not a How to Crochet for beginners tutorial, I assume you know how to chain and single crochet.
You can find beginner lessons at Lion brand yarn or Red Heart yarn or look for a book at your library!
|Cotton yarn, hook size I; chain 37|
|In 2nd chain from hook work sc; repeat to end of chain.|
|sc to end of chain...note green tail yarn.|
|3 sc in end of chain (actually the beginning)|
|sc in each chain (down the other side of the chain)|
|At end of row do not turn work, add 1 sc in end sc and continue around.|
|continue around the end of the chain|
|Do not add sc when at the ends from here on.|
|Viewed from the wrong side you can see how it curves in.|
|Right side of the work...continue sc around.|
|As you add rounds it grows like this.|
|At this point you could re-fold and decide to make a bag instead of a pot holder!|
|When the edges of your pot holder touch like this it is time to finish off.|
|Align the outer edge folds so that it is square, slip st in 1 sc at corner.|
|Chain 12 pulling each loop closed.|
|Cut yarn leaving a tail about 3 times as long as the seam (this is plenty!)|
|Using a yarn needle take 1 stitch at the base of the tight chain.|
|Secure the tight chain for a hanging loop.|
Sew the pot holder's seam closed. I prefer to use a ladder stitch, sewing through the loops of each sc.
|Seam finished, all but the knot.|
|Knot in the last stitch (sorry it is blurry!)|
|Bury the tail,|
needle into the work at knot staying between layers, out again over there.
|Tail yarn ready to be snipped off|
|Once cut the tail disappears|
|Clean corner, no tail|
|Finished pot holder|