Hi guys! Welcome to the second month of the Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along for 2023. We are 1 month down in our 12 month crochet-along, and I am so excited to see everything you create with these patterns. February’s pattern is the Houndstooth Pot Holder, which features the houndstooth stitch – a combination of single and double crochet stitches.
This pot holder is crocheted in the round, then seamed together at the top to create a “double thick pot holder”. You can find the free pattern and video tutorial linked below.
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- Stargazer Pot Holder – January (Month #1)
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- Stained Glass Pot Holder – March (Month #3)
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- 4.0mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- Stitch Marker or Safety Pin
- Approximately 195 yds / 178 m of any medium 4 worsted weight cotton yarn in 2 contrasting colours
- Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Cotton, 190 yd / 174 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g)
- Honeydew (Colour A)
- Kenai (Colour B)
- Colour A: 95 yds / 87 m
- Colour B: 100 yds / 91 m
- Total: 195 yds / 178 m
Choose 2 Contrasting Colours:
For the best results, choose two contrasting colours (light and dark). If the colours are too similar, the pattern won’t be as pronounced. Use your lightest colour for Colour A, and the darker colour for Colour B.
Using 1 Colour vs. 2 Colours:
Fun Fact: Did you know that the Houndstooth stitch and the Lemon Peel Stitch are the exact same stitch pattern – dc in first st, sc in next st, dc in next st, repeat? The only difference is the use of colour. In the Houndstooth stitch, we change colour at the end of each row/round, so that the colour changes create a “tooth” pattern. In the Lemon Peel stitch, we change colour after 2 or more rounds (or not at all), to create the same texture as a lemon rind; I personally think this stitch looks like a cloud!
Whether you choose to use 1 colour, 2 colours, or more, you’ll still have a beautiful textured pot holder.
*The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Crochet Along 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.
- Ch – chain
- St – stitch
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Sc – single crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Rnd – round
- RS – right side
- WS – wrong side
Right Side (RS) vs. Wrong Side (WS)
The right side (RS) and wrong side (WS) of this pot holder is a personal preference because it looks good on both the outside and the inside. However, I consider the RS of the pot holder to be when the even rnds (Rnds 2, 4, 6,…) are facing towards you; and the WS of the pot holder is when the odd numbered rnds are facing you (Rnds 1, 3, 5,…).
You can differentiate the RS from the WS by looking at the stitches. On the RS, Colour A (lighter colour) stitches are 3D and jut out; while Colour B (darker colour) stitches lie flat. On the WS, Colour A stitches lie flat, and Colour B stitches jut out. Here is a comparison of the 2 sides:
Gauge: Approximately 14 sts x 12 rows = 4” x 4”
We all crochet a little differently. I am a loose crocheter, so my stitches are larger. Before you start your pot holder, you can crochet a coaster to check your gauge:
Pattern for Swatch Coaster:
Yarn can be carried across each row to minimize weaving in ends; or yarn can be cut at the end of each row, and fastened on when needed. If you carry the yarn, make sure not to pull too tight or else it can affect your gauge.
- With Colour A, ch 25.
- Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook (the 2 skipped chs do not count as a st), [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across. Turn. (12 dc, 11 sc)
- Row 2: With Colour B, ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] across. Turn. (11 dc, 12 sc)
- Row 3: With Colour A, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first st, [sc in next st, dc in next st] across. Turn. (12 dc, 11 sc)
- Rows 4 – 15: Repeat Rows 2 – 3.
Measure your coaster to see if 14 sts across = 4″, and if 12 rows = 4″. We worked a few stitches and a couple of rows more, so that the measurement is more accurate.
If your gauge is too small (more than 14 sts or 12 rows), try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. However, if your gauge is too big (less than 14 sts or 12 rows), try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.
The pot holder measures 9″ wide x 8.75″ long when laid flat.
To create your own custom sized Houndstooth crochet pot holder, you can find instructions below under the “Customize the Size of your Pot Holder” heading.
Customize the Size of Your Pot Holder:
To make your Houndstooth crochet pot holder smaller or larger than the original pattern, follow the instructions below:
Width: The width of the pot holder is determined by the starting chain. Chain any number until satisfied with the width of the pot holder.
- If you chain an odd number (ex. 35), follow the pattern instructions as written.
- If you chain an even number (ex. 34), follow these instructions for Row 1:
Dc in third ch from hook (mark with a stitch marker; the 2 skipped chs do not count as a st), [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across until 1 ch remains; (sc, dc) in last ch. Rotate your work 180 degrees clockwise, so you are working along the bottom of the chain. [Sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across; the last st of the Rnd should be a sc.
Length: To make your pot holder longer or shorter, repeat Rnd 2, while alternating between Colour A and B, until satisfied.
Invisible Colour Change Tutorial:
Colour changes happen at the end of the rnd.
- After working the last st of the rnd, insert hook into the first st of the rnd to join. Drop the current colour, and YO with the new colour (Picture 1).
- Pull through the st and loop on the hook to complete the sl st and change colour (Picture 2 & 3).
- Turn your work to start the next rnd, but make sure the unused colour (pink) is hanging from the back of your work; you’ll need it for future rnds (Picture 4).
Here is the video tutorial for the Houndstooth Crochet Pot Holder. It walks you through Rnds 1 – 3, seaming the top closed, and adding a ch-circle. There are timestamps included in the video, so you can skip to the parts you need.
- Stitch counts are given at the end of each rnd in <> brackets.
- To change colour, complete the final YO of the sl st join with the new colour. Do not fasten off at the end of a colour change.
- The beginning ch 2 of each rnd does not count as a st.
- Mark the first and last st of each rnd with a stitch marker, so you know where the new rnd starts and ends. After Rnd 1, the first st of each rnd is worked into the last st of the previous rnd. The last st of each rnd is worked into the first st of the previous rnd.
- Odd numbered rnds are considered the WS, and even numbered rnds are considered the RS. This is explained above!
With Colour A, ch 33.
Rnd 1 (WS): Dc in third ch from hook (mark with a stitch marker; the 2 skipped chs do not count as a st), [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across until 1 ch remains; (dc, sc) in last ch.
- Rotate your work 180 degrees clockwise, so you are working along the bottom of the chain.
- [Dc in next ch, sc in next ch] across. The last st should be a sc in the first ch of the rnd to complete the corner; mark this st with a stitch marker. Join with a sl st, completing the final yo with Colour B to make an invisible colour change. Turn. <31 dc, 31 sc>
- For Rnd 2, each sc is worked into a dc from the previous rnd; and each dc is worked into a sc from the previous rnd.
- Before starting Rnd 2, move the unused colour strand to the back of your work.
Rnd 2 (RS): With Colour B, ch 2, dc in first st (mark with a stitch marker), [sc in next st, dc in next st] around. Rnd 2 should end with a sc in the last st; mark this st with a stitch marker. Join with a sl st, completing the final yo with Colour A. Turn. <31 dc, 31 sc>
Rnds 3 – 26: Repeat Rnd 2, while alternating between Colours A and B. Every odd numbered rnd will use Colour A, and every even numbered rnd will use Colour B. Rnd 26 should be done in Colour B.
Note: At the end of Rnd 26, complete the sl st join with the current colour. Do not fasten off, as you will need this yarn for closing the top of the pot holder. Weave in all ends (except for the current yarn strand).
Seaming the Top of the Pot Holder Closed:
- Lay the pot holder flat, making sure the RS is facing you (if it isn’t, flip your work inside out), and line up the front and back stitches.
- Sl st into both the front and back st to join.
- Repeat this across, to close the top of the pot holder. Do not fasten off.
Adding a Ch-Circle:
- After making the final sl st, ch 13 (Picture 1).
- Sl st into the first ch to make a ch-circle. (Picture 2 & 3)
- Fasten off, leave a tail, and weave in the last end (Picture 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
If you have any questions as you work through the 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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