Double Ended Crochet Potholders

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This pair of potholders is a great introduction to double-ended crochet. The beauty of the double-ended technique lies in its thickness — each potholder is dense enough to double as a hotpad.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 7” x 7.5” after blocking

Gauge: 16 sts x 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Tss before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Materials

Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns Lion Cotton (100% cotton; 236 yards [212 meters]/140 grams): #152 Espresso (MC, 1 ball), #136 Clove (CA, 1 ball), #180 Evergreen (CB, 1 ball)
Hook: US size J/10 (6.0 mm) double-ended crochet hook
Notions: Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Blo: Back loop only

Special Stitches

Tfs (Tunisian full stitch): Insert hook under horizontal bar (between 2 vertical bars), yo and draw up loop onto hook.
Tss (Tunisian simple stitch): Insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and draw up loop onto hook.

Pattern Notes

Always sk first vertical bar (below first loop on hook) at beginning of row.

Pattern

Potholder A

With MC, ch 25.
Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1st ch. *Insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (25 sts)
Row 1: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With CA, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * across.
Row 2: Tss in each vertical bar across.
Row 3: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With MC, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops, rep from * across.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rep Rows 1-4 eleven more times, or until sides measures approximately 6.5”/16.5 cm (or desired length), ending after Row 3. Fasten off CA.
Row 5: *Insert hook under next vertical bar as for Tss, yo and draw up loop onto hook,** yo and draw through both loops; rep from * across to last vertical bar, rep from * to **, fasten off MC, change to CA with final yo through last 2 loops. Do not fasten off.

Border

Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn and begin working along side, sc in edge of each row across to last row, 2 sc in edge of last row, turn and begin working along foundation ch, *2 sc blo in first st, sc blo in ea st across row to last st, 2 sc blo in last st,** turn and begin working along side, 2 sc in edge of first row, sc in edge of each row across to last row, 2 sc in edge of last row, turn and being working along Row 5, rep from * to **, ch 8, turn and sc in same edge as first st of Rnd.
Rnd 2: Turn, sc in ea ch, join with sl st to next sc. Fasten off.

Potholder B

With MC, ch 25.
Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1st ch. *Insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (25 sts)
Row 1: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With CB, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * across.
Row 2: Tfs under ea horizontal bar across to last bar, skip last horizontal bar, Tss in last vertical bar.
Row 3: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With MC, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops, rep from * across.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rep Rows 1-4 fourteen more times, or until sides measures approximately 6.5”/16.5 cm (or desired length), ending after Row 3. Fasten off CB.
Row 5: *Insert hook under next horizontal bar as for Tfs, yo and draw up loop onto hook, yo and draw through both loops; rep from * across to last horizontal bar, insert hook under last vertical bar as for Tss, yo and draw up loop onto hook, change to CB with final yo through last 2 loops. Do not fasten off.

Border

Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn and begin working along side, sc in edge of each row across to last row, 2 sc in edge of last row, turn and begin working along foundation ch, *2 sc blo in first st, sc blo in ea st across row to last st, 2 sc blo in last st,** turn and begin working along side, 2 sc in edge of first row, sc in edge of each row across to last row, 2 sc in edge of last row, turn and being working along Row 5, rep from * to **, ch 8, turn and sc in same edge as first st of Rnd.
Rnd 2: Turn, sc in ea ch, join with sl st to next sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

With tapestry needle, weave in ends. Spray block to measurements. yarn ball

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