Summer Wavy Stripes Double Thick Square Crochet Potholder

How to Crochet a Wavy Ripple Square Potholder (PGCAL2023)

Hi guys! Let’s dive into summer with the Making Waves Potholder – a fun, wavy, ripple square potholder. This is the 7th potholder in our 2023 Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along.

The Making Waves Potholder is made up of two identical squares (front and back) that are joined together as you crochet, to make a double thick potholder. This means that you can use this potholder safely in your kitchen; it won’t burn your hands or your counters. You can find the free pattern and video tutorial linked below.

If you prefer to print the pattern, you can find the ad-free printable PDF here. I can’t wait to see how you put your unique spin on this potholder!

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Wavy Crochet Striped Ripple Square Potholder

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Materials: 

Yarn: 

  • Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Cotton, 190 yd / 174 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g)
    • Colours: Conch (A), Begonia (B), Kenai (C), Honeydew (D)

Yardage:

  • Colour A – 55 yds / 50m
  • Colour B – 50 yds / 46 m
  • Colour C – 50 yds / 46 m
  • Colour D – 55 yds / 50 m
  • Total – 210 yds / 192 m

Front and Back of the Making Waves Potholder:

The left picture shows the front side of this crochet ripple square potholder, while the right shows the back side.


*The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Making Waves Potholder is available as an individual PDF pattern, or as a Crochet Along bundle which includes written instructions for all 12 patterns, step-by-step pictures, links to the video tutorial, and is ready to print and use! Each month, the next pattern will be ready to download.

Green Aqua and Pink Summer Ribbed Ripple Crochet Potholder Pattern

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • St – stitch
  • BLO – back loop only (see tutorial)
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Sl2tog – slip stitch 2 together (see tutorial) 
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Mdc – modified double crochet (see tutorial)
  • Dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together (see tutorial)
  • YO – yarn over
  • Rs – right side
  • Ws – wrong side

Gauge: Approximately 15 sts x 7 rows = 4” x 4”

  • If your gauge is too small (4” = more than 15 sts or 7 rows), try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook.
  • If your gauge is too big (4” = less than 15 sts or 7 rows), try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.

Pattern Measurements and Construction:

This wavy, ripple square potholder is made up of 2 identical squares (front and back), that are joined together as you crochet, before adding a ch-circle.

  • The finished potholder measures approximately 9” wide x 8.75” long, after blocking.

How to Customize the Size of Your Potholder:

If you’d like to make this crochet ripple square potholder smaller or larger than the original pattern, then follow the instructions below: 

Note: Stitch counts are given at the end of each row for the larger potholder. The smaller potholder will have a total of 28 sts in each row. 

  • Smaller: Ch 29; Larger: Ch 43
  • Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. <42 sc> 
  • Row 2: Ch 1, {sl2tog, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, [2 Mdc in next st] 2 times, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, sl2tog} 3 times. Turn. <6 sl st, 6 sc, 12 hdc, 6 dc, 12 Mdc> 
  • Row 3: Ch 2, {dc2tog, dc in next 4 sts, [2 dc in next st] 2 times, dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog} 3 times. Turn. <42 dc>
  • Row 4: In BLO, ch 2, {dc2tog, dc in next 4 sts, [2 dc in next st] 2 times, dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog} 3 times. Turn. <42 dc>
  • Repeat Rows 3 – 4, until satisfied with the length of the potholder, making sure to end on a Row 3 repeat. 
  • Last Row: In BLO, ch 2, {2 Mdc in st, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, sl2tog 2 times, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 Mdc in next st} 3 times. <6 sl st, 6 sc, 12 hdc, 6 dc, 12 Mdc> 
Ribbed Ripple Stitch Crochet Potholder with Dishie Yarn in Pink, Aqua, and Green

Special Stitches and Techniques

Here you’ll find a tutorial for each special stitch in the wavy square potholder pattern: the modified double crochet (Mdc), double crochet 2 stitches together (dc2tog), slip stitch 2 stitches together (sl2tog), back loop only, and colour changes.

Modified Double Crochet (Mdc):

The modified double crochet is a cross between a double crochet and a triple crochet stitch – it’s shorter and tighter than a triple crochet, and taller than a double crochet. 

  • YO and insert hook into the indicated st. (Pictures 1 & 2)
  • YO and draw up a loop – there are 3 loops on the hook. (Picture 3)
  • YO and pull through the first loop only  – there are 3 loops remaining. (Picture 4)
  • [YO and pull through 2 loops] 2 times. (Pictures 5 & 6)
Extended Modified Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Slip Stitch 2 Stitches Together (Sl2tog): 

The sl2tog is a decrease stitch where we make 1 slip stitch across 2 stitches. This means we lose one stitch, or make a decrease. 

  • Insert hook into the first indicated st. (Picture 2)
  • YO and draw up a loop – there should be 2 loops on the hook. (Picture 3)
  • Insert hook into the second indicated st. (Picture 4)
  • YO and pull through the stitch and the 2 loops on the hook.  (Pictures 5, 6, & 7)
Slip Stitch 2 Stitches Together Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Double Crochet 2 Stitches Together (Dc2tog):

The dc2tog is a decrease stitch where we make 1 double crochet across 2 stitches. This means we lose one stitch, or make a decrease. 

  • YO and insert hook into the first indicated st. (Picture 2)
  • YO and draw up a loop – there should be 3 loops on the hook. (Picture 3)
  • YO and pull through the first two loops  – there are 2 loops remaining. (Picture 4)
  • YO and insert hook into the second indicated st. (Picture 5)
  • YO and draw up a loop – there should be 4 loops on the hook. (Picture 6)
  • YO and pull through the first two loops  – there are 3 loops remaining. (Picture 7)
  • YO and pull through all 3 loops. (Picture 8)
Double Crochet 2 Stitches Together Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Back Loop Only (BLO): 

Every crochet stitch has a front and back loop. (Picture 1)

  • Normally we crochet into BOTH the front and back loops of the stitch. 
  • For the back loop only, make a stitch into just the back loop of the stitch. If done correctly, you can still see the front loop of the stitch. (Picture 2)
Front and Back Loop of a Crochet Stitch - Crocheting into the Back Loop Only

Changing Colour Tutorial – Row 2:

The colour change happens at the end of Row 2 in the last st (sl2tog) of the row. 

  • With the current colour, insert hook into the second last st. YO and draw up a loop – there should be 2 loops on the hook. 
  • Insert hook into the last st, and drop the current colour. Pick up the new colour with your hook. (Picture 1)
  • With the new colour, YO and pull through the st and the 2 loops on the hook.  (Pictures 2, 3, & 4)
How to Change Colour at the end of a crochet slip stitch

Changing Colour Tutorial – Rows 4 and on:

This potholder changes colour every 2 rows. The colour change happens in the final YO of the last st (dc2tog st) of the row. 

  • Before completing the final YO of the last st of the row, drop the current colour, and pick up the new colour with your hook. (Pictures 1 & 2)
  • YO, and pull through the remaining 3 loops on hook to complete the st. (Picture 3)
Invisible Colour Change Tutorial for Crochet

Video Tutorial:

Here is the video tutorial for the Making Waves ripple square potholderIt walks you through Rows 1 – 4, and 16 of the square, joining the squares, and adding a ch-circle. There are timestamps included in the video, so you can skip to the parts you need.

Pattern:

Notes: 

  • The beginning ch does not count as a st.
  • This wavy square crochet potholder is made up of 2 identical squares (front and back) that are joined together, before adding a border and a ch-circle.  
  • To keep track of the sts, mark the first st of each row with a stitch marker.
  • *Important: When changing colour, leave a long tail (15″), so you have less ends to weave in when joining the squares together.

Squares (Make 2): 

With Colour A, ch 36. 

Row 1 (Ws): Sc in second ch from hook – mark with a stitch marker, and in each ch across. Turn. <35 sc>

Row 2 (Rs): Ch 2, 2 Mdc in first st, {dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, [sl2tog in next 2 sts] 2 times, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, [2 Mdc in next st] 2 times} 2 times, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, sl2tog in last 2 sts. Turn. <5 sl st, 5 sc, 10 hdc, 5 dc, 10 Mdc>

Row 3 (Ws): With Colour B, ch 2, dc2tog in first 2 sts, dc in next 4 sts, {[2 dc in next st] 2 times, dc in next 4 sts, [dc2tog in next 2 sts] 2 times, dc in next 4 sts} 2 times, 2 dc in last st. Turn. <35 dc>

Crochet Ripple Square Potholder with Wavy Stripes Pattern

Row 4 (Rs): In BLO, ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, {[dc2tog in next 2 sts] 2 times, dc in next 4 sts, [2 dc in next st] 2 times, dc in next 4 sts} 2 times, dc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn. <35 dc>

Rows 5 – 15: Repeat Rows 3 – 4, while following the colour changes below. Row 15 is a Row 3 repeat. 

Rows 5 – 6: Colour C
Rows 7 – 8: Colour D
Rows 9 – 10: Colour A
Rows 11 – 12: Colour B
Rows 13 – 14: Colour C
Rows 15: Colour D

Row 16 (Rs): With Colour D, in BLO, ch 1, sl2tog in first 2 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st,  {[2 Mdc in next st] 2 times, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, [sl2tog in next 2 sts] 2 times, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st} 2 times, 2 Mdc in last st. <5 sl st, 5 sc, 10 hdc, 5 dc, 10 Mdc>

Fasten off. Repeat the process to make a total of 2 squares.

Joining the Squares:

To join the 2 squares together, place them on top of each other, making sure that the wrong sides are touching and the right sides are facing out – you can see the BLO texture on the right side. To hold your squares in place, use 4 stitch markers to mark the 4 corners of the two squares.

Right Side and Wrong Side of the Making Waves Ripple Potholder

Option 1: Join with a Single Colour 

  • If using this method, weave in your ends before joining. 
  • Insert hook into the top left corner of both squares, YO with your chosen colour, and pull through the corners of the squares to fasten on. 
  • When working each sc, go through the matching sts / rows of both squares.   

Left Side: Ch 1, work 2 sc into the side of each row across.

Bottom: Sc into the bottom of each ch across.

Right Side: Work 2 sc into the side of each row across.

Top: Sc into each st across. Join with a sl st.

Option 2: Join with 4 Colours

  • Use the colours associated with each wave to create a seamless join. If using this method do not weave in your ends before joining. 
  • Insert hook into the top left corner of both squares, YO with Colour D, and pull it through the corner of both squares to fasten on. 
  • Use your leftover tails/ends to complete each colour changing section around the potholder. 
  • When working each sc, go through the matching sts / rows of both squares.  

Left Side:

Ch 1, {[2 sc into the side of the row] 2 timesbefore the final YO of the 4th sc, change colour to match the next stripe} 8 times. 

Bottom: 

With Colour A, sc into the bottom of each ch across.

Right Side: 

{[2 sc into the side of the row] 2 timesbefore the final YO of the 4th sc, change colour to match the next stripe} 8 times.

Top: 

With Colour D, sc into each st across. Join with a sl st.

Adding a Ch-Circle: 

Adding a ch-circle to your wavy square crochet potholder will allow you to hang it in your kitchen!

  • Ch 13. 
  • Sl st into the first st of the rnd (where you made the sl st into) to make a ch-circle. 
  • Fasten off, leave a tail, and weave in all ends.
How to Add a Chain Circle to Hang any Crochet Potholder

Block Your Potholder (Optional):

Blocking is the process of wetting a piece of crochet to make the ends and rows straight. To block this wavy square potholder, you will need a steamer or spray bottle, straight pins, and a blocking mat or foam.  

Block your work by stretching out the ripple square potholder (vertically and horizontally), and placing straight pins along each side of the potholder to hold it in place. Spray the potholder with water, or use a steamer – staying 2” away. Let the potholder dry completely before unpinning it.

Blocking the Making the Waves Ripple Square Crochet Potholder

Questions?

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

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End Notes:  

Congratulations! You just finished your first Making Waves Ripple Square Potholder. Whether you keep it, gift it, or donate it, I hope it gets a lot of use. If you’d like to make more potholders, or other crochet home decor items with your cotton yarn, explore some patterns by clicking on the button below:

Potholder #8 will be released on Friday, August 11, 2023!

Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this wavy square potholder pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).

Please share pictures of anything and everything related to the 2023 Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along in the Facebook Group HERE. I cannot wait to see how you take this pattern and make it your own.

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I hope you have a wonderful day!

Love, Dayna

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