Smock Stitch Magic Crochet Pot Holder Free Pattern

Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder: Week 5 CAL

Hi guys! Welcome to Week 5 of the Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along. Since this is the final week of the crochet-along, I wanted to do something special. This week, there are 2 pot holder patterns to choose from: The Simply Daisy Pot Holder and the Afternoon Tea Pot Holder. You can make 1, or both, it’s up to you!

You can find the free pattern below, the ad-free printable PDF here, and the complete video tutorial below. I’m excited to see how your pot holders turn out.

About the Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder:

  • The Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder uses the smock stitch to create a beautiful, thick texture.
  • The smock stitch is an intermediate level crochet stitch, so I hope it’ll be a fun challenge. It takes practice, but once you get the hang of the repeats, it gets easier.
  • The stitches overlap to create a VERY thick pot holder that eats up yarn. This is a great project for using up scrap yarn, or for those looking for a thick pot holder to use for hot pans, barbecues, and pulling things out of the oven. It is approximately 1 inch thick.
  • I recommend using a thin and flexible cotton yarn that isn’t too rigid. It will make the pot holder so much easier to crochet!
  • There are photo tutorial, tips, and a video tutorial to help you along the way!
  • It is crocheted in the round, then folded along the diagonal to make a double thick pot holder.
Double Thick Crochet Pot Holder Intermediate

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Materials: 

Yarn: 

  • 1 Skein of Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Cotton, 190 yd / 174 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g)
  • Colours Pictured Below (Left to Right): Scrap Yarn (Blue, Navy, and Sunbaked), Linen, and Honey Dew
Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holders

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Afternoon Tea Double Thick Crochet Pot Holder Pattern

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • St – stitch
  • Sl st – slip stitch 
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sc2tog – single crochet two stitches together (see tutorial)
  • Spike – extended single crochet worked 2 rows below (see tutorial)
  • Rnd – round
  • YO – yarn over
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side

Gauge: Approximately 13 sts x 22 rows = 4” x  4”

Trouble with Gauge? 

If your gauge is too small, try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. If your gauge is too big, try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.

Pattern Measurements:

  • When the pot holder is folded, it measures approximately 7” wide x 7” long, and 9” along the diagonal.
  • When the pot holder is lying flat, it measures approximately 10” wide by 5.25” long.

How to Customize the Size of your Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder:

If you would like to make a different sized pot holder, you can find customization instructions HERE.


*The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Crochet-a-long includes written instructions for all 6 patterns, step-by-step pictures, links to the video tutorial, and is ready to print and use! Each week, the next pattern will be ready to download.


The Spike Stitch Photo Tutorial:

Each spike stitch is a long / extended single crochet worked into the st two rows below

  • Insert the hook into the indicated st two rows below.
How to Crochet the Spike Stitch
  • YO, and pull up the loop until it reaches the height of the current row. 
Crochet Spike Stitch
  • Step 3: YO and pull through both loops to complete the st!
Spike Stitch Tutorial

Sc2tog Photo Tutorial:

A sc2tog is a stitch that joins the left and right legs from 2 spike stitches into one stitch to create a triangle pattern. stitches together to make 1 single crochet stitch. Each sc2tog happens above a sc from the previous rnd. There will be two Spike sts on either side. 

Crocheting the Smock Stitch Tutorial
  • Insert hook under the left leg of Spike #1, and the right leg of the Spike #2. 
  • YO and draw up a loop – you should have 2 loops on the hook. (Picture 2)
  • YO and pull through both loops to make a single crochet. (Picture 3)
Crochet Smock Stitch Tutorial

Right Side (RS) vs. Wrong Side (WS):

Since we are turning our work at the end of each rnd, we are going to have a RS and a WS. The right side is the side that we want to display on the outside of the pot holder, and the wrong side is the side that stays hidden inside our pot holder.

Helpful Tips for the Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder:

Ending a Rnd: 

Make a sl st into the first st of the rnd to join. Then, mark the second st of the rnd (this is the st to the left of the first st) with a stitch marker, before turning your work to start the next rnd. The second st of the current rnd will be the last st of the next rnd. Marking this st helps us know where the next rnd ends, so we don’t add extra stitches.

Stitch Markers in Crochet

First St of Rnds 2 – 28: 

The first st of each rnd is always the SAME st that you made a sl st into when ending the previous rnd. 

Spike Stitches: 

For Rnd 5 and every odd rnd after, each Spike should be placed between the Spike sts 2 rnds below (on the front AND back side). There are arrows to show you the positioning of these stitches. To get the stitches positioned correctly, you can check the back side after each st to make sure. I also find it helpful to place my middle finger along the back side and feel for the space between the triangles (arrows in picture 2), then insert the hook into that space to complete the Spike.  

Keeping Track of the Number of Rnds:

If you accidentally lose count of your rnds, don’t panic! It’s easier to count the rnds on the WS of the pot holder. Start at the first rnd of Spike sts (this is Rnd 3), and after that, each rnd of Spike sts counts as 2 rnds. So the next Spike sts will be Rnd 5, then Rnd 7 and so on. 

How to Count Rnds in the Smock Stitch

Video Tutorial:

Here is the complete video tutorial for the Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder. It walks you through Rnds 1 – 6, fastening off and folding your pot holder.

*Note: The Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder is completed the same way as Week 1’s Fairy Dust Pot Holder, so please reference the video tutorial here for weaving in your ends, seaming, and adding a ch-circle. There are timestamps in the video, so you can skip to the part(s) you need.

Pattern:

Notes: 

  • Stitch counts are given at the end of each rnd in <> brackets. 
  • The beginning ch of each rnd does not count as a st. 
  • There is a photo tutorial for the Spike st and the sc2tog above!  
  • Odd numbered rnds are considered the WS and even numbered rnds are considered the RS.
  • There are helpful tips included above! Please give these a read before starting the pattern.
  • *The first st of each rnd is the SAME st you made the sl st into!

Ch 31

Rnd 1 (WS): 2 sc in second ch from hook, sc in each st across; 3 sc in last ch. 

  • Rotate your work 180 degrees clockwise, so you are working along the bottom of the chain. 
  • Sc in each ch across; sc in first ch of rnd to complete the corner. Sl st in first st of rnd to join. Mark the second st of rnd with a stitch marker – this will be the last st of Rnd 2. Turn. <62 sc>
Rnd 1 of the Afternoon Tea Pot Holder

Rnd 2 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first st and in each st around. Sl st in first st of rnd to join. Mark the second st of rnd with a stitch marker – this will be the last st of Rnd 3. Turn. <62 sc>

Rnd 2 of the Afternoon Tea Pot Holder

Note: For Rnd 3, each Spike is worked into the starting ch. 

Rnd 3 (WS): Ch 1, Spike in first st, [sc in next st, Spike in next st] around. Rnd 3 should end with a sc into the last st. Sl st in first st of rnd. Mark the second st of rnd with a stitch marker. Turn. <31 sc + 31 Spike>

Tip: If you’ve done this rnd correctly, the spike stitches should line up with each other (Picture 5).

Rnd 3 of the Afternoon Tea Pot Holder

Rnd 4 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first st, [sc2tog, sc in next st] around. Rnd 4 should end with a sc2tog. Join with a sl st. Turn. <62 sc> 

Rnd 4 of the Afternoon Tea Pot Holder

Rnd 5 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first st, [Spike in next st, sc in next st] around. Rnd 5 should end with a Spike into the last st. Join with a sl st. Turn. <31 sc + 31 Spike>

Rnd 5 of the Afternoon Tea Pot Holder

Rnd 6 (RS): Ch 1, sc2tog in last and first Spike of previous rnd, [sc in next st, sc2tog] around. Rnd 6 should end with a sc st into the last st. Join with a sl st. Turn. <62 sc> 

Rnd 6 of the Afternoon Tea Pot Holder

Rnds 7 – 26: Repeat Rnds 3 – 6, 5 times. As the pot holder grows, it starts to look like a pouch. 

Rnds 27 – 28: Repeat Rnds 3 – 4. 

Smock Stitch Crochet Pot Holder

Fasten off, and leave a long tail (approx. 12”) to seam the pot holder together. Weave in the ends, except for the long seaming tail. 


Folding, Seaming, and Adding a Ch-Circle

The Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder is folded and seamed the same way as Week 1’s Fairy Dust Pot Holder, so please reference the photo tutorials and instructions included below. 

Folding Instructions: 

Before folding your pot holder, make sure that the RS is facing outward, and the WS is inside the pot holder. Place one hand on each side of the pot holder. Push the sides down into the center to make a square that meets on a diagonal. 

How to Fold a Crochet Magic Pot Holder

Seaming Instructions:

Note: Since the seaming tail is in the center of the diagonal, seam the left side of the pot holder first, then seam the right side. 

  • Line up the two sides along the diagonal, and whip stitch in the FLO of each st across. This seams the left side of the pot holder. (Pictures 1, 2, 3)
  • *Tip: To create a less noticeable seam, pull tight after working each whip stitch. Picture 3 has very loose whip stitches which is used to highlight the stitch placement.
  • When the left side is seamed, insert the yarn needle into the corner of the pot holder. (Picture 4 & 5)
How to Seam a Diagonal Magic Pot Holder
  • Grab the yarn needle with your hand and pull it through the inside of the potholder. This creates a rounded corner on the left side of the pot holder, and allows you to use the same tail to seam the right side of the pot holder. (Picture 6)
  • To seam the right side, whip stitch in FLO of each st across. (Picture 7)
  • When the right side is seamed, insert the yarn needle into the corner, and weave it through a few stitches to create a rounded corner. (Picture 8)
  • Secure the tail with a knot, before trimming it.  
Seaming a Diagonal Magic Crochet Pot Holder

Last Step: Adding a Chain Circle to Hang the Pot Holder

  • Make sure that the front side of the pot holder is facing you. 
  • Insert hook into the top-left corner, and attach yarn with a sl st. (Picture 1 & 2)
  • Ch 13, and sl st into same sp to make a ch circle. (Picture 3, 4, & 5)
  • Fasten off and weave in ends!
How to Add a Chain Circle to a Crochet Pot Holder

This the final pattern of the Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along. Thank you so much for crocheting along with me.


Questions?

If you have any questions as you work through the pattern, please reach out to me. I am happy to help! Send me an e-mail through my contact page or ask in the Facebook CAL Group.

End Notes:  

Congratulations! You just finished your first Afternoon Tea Crochet Pot Holder. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did.

Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on the blog.

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I hope you have an amazing day!

Love, Dayna

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