Easy Moss Stitch Striped Diamond Crochet Potholder Pattern

How to Crochet the Mabel Potholder (PGCAL2023)

Hi guys! The fourth pot holder in the 2023 Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along is hereApril’s pattern is the Mabel Pot Holder, which uses the moss stitch to create a fun diamond design. The beauty of this pot holder is that it looks more complicated than it is, so this is a great project for beginners.

The Mabel Pot Holder is a large square that is folded along the corners, and seamed together to create a double thick pot holder! You can find the free pattern and video tutorial linked below.

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

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Moss Stitch Square Double Thick Crochet Pot Holder

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  • Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Cotton, 190 yd / 174 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g)
    • Sunbaked (Colour A)
    • Swan (Colour B)


  • Colour A: 70 yds / 64 m
  • Colour B: 85 yds / 78 m
  • Total: 155 yds / 142 m

Front and Back of the Mabel Pot Holder:

The left picture shows the front side of the Mabel pot holder, while the right show the back side.

*The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Mabel Pot Holder 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.


  • Ch – chain
  • St – stitch
  • Sl st – slip stitch 
  • Sc – single crochet
  • YO – yarn over
  • Rnd – round

Gauge: Approximately 8 Rnds = 4” x  4”

We all crochet a little differently. I am a loose crocheter, so my stitches tend to be larger. Since this pot holder is crocheted in the round, you can check your gauge as you crochet.

After you finish Rnd 8, measure your square to see if the length and width measure 4″.

  • If your gauge is too small (more than 8 rnds = 4”), try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook.
  • If your gauge is too big (less than 8 rnds = 4”), try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.

Pattern Measurement & Construction: 

This pot holder is crocheted as a large square, folded at the corners, then seamed together to make a double thick pot holder. 

  • Before it is folded, the square measures approximately 11” wide by 11” long, and 15” along the diagonal.
  • After the pot holder is folded, it measures approximately 7.75” wide x 7.75” long.

Customize the Size of Your Pot Holder: 

To make your Mabel crochet pot holder smaller or larger than the original pattern, follow the instructions below: 

  • Step 1: Choose your desired size: Ex. I want my pot holder to measure 7” in size.
  • Step 2: Repeat Rnd 4 until the square measures 2 times your desired size along the diagonal, then fold and seam your pot holder as instructed: Ex. For a 7” square pot holder, repeat Rnd 4 until the diagonal measures approximately 14”.

Colour Change Tutorial: 

The first colour change happens at the end of Rnd 6, and then every 2 rnds after that.

At the end of Rnd 6:

  • Before making the final sl st to close Rnd 6, drop Colour A, and YO with Colour B (to make the join more secure, make a slip knot with the new colour and place it on the hook).
  • Pull Colour B through the st and the loop on the hook, to complete the sl st and change colours!
  • Do not cut Colour A; keep it attached to your work because it is needed for Rnd 9.

At the end of Rnd 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24):

  • Before making the final sl st to close the rnd, drop the current colour.
  • Let it hang from the back of your work because you will need it for future rnds.
  • YO with the second colour strand.
  • Pull it through the st and the loop on the hook, to complete the sl st and change colours!

Video Tutorial:

Here is the video tutorial for the Mabel Crochet Pot Holder. It walks you through Rnds 1 – 5, changing colour, folding the pot holder, seaming it closed, and adding a ch-circle. There are timestamps included in the video, so you can skip to the parts you need.



  • The beginning ch of each rnd does NOT count as a st.
  • After Rnd 1, each rnd starts in a corner ch-1 sp. 
  • To change colours between rnds, complete the final YO of the sl st join with the new colour (see tutorial above)
  • Yarn is not carried throughout this pattern. After joining the new colour, drop the old colour, and leave it for future rnds.
  • Tip: You can use a stitch marker (or safety pin) to mark the corner ch-1 sps, so they are easier to spot in each rnd.

With Colour A, make a MR. 

Rnd 1: Ch 1, [sc, ch 1] 4 times in MR. Join last ch 1 to first sc with a sl st. Turn. <4 sc, 4 ch-1 sps>

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in first ch-1 sp, [(sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, (sc, ch 1) in first ch-1 sp of the rnd to complete the first corner. Join with a sl st. Turn. <8 sc, 8 ch-1 sps> 

Rnd 3: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1) in corner ch-1 sp] 3 times, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp. Join with a sl st. Turn. <12 sc, 12 ch-1 sps> 

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp, {(sc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp to corner, (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1) in corner ch-1 sp} 3 times, (sc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp to first corner, (sc, ch 1) in first corner ch-1 sp. Join with a sl st. Turn. <16 sc, 16 ch-1 sps> 

Rnds 5 – 24: Repeat Rnd 4. 

  • Each rnd increases by 4 sc and 4 ch-1 sps. 
  • After Rnd 6, colours alternate every 2 rnds (see colour chart below). 
  • Rnd 24 should have a stitch count of 96 sc & 96 ch-1 sps.
  • Fasten off, and leave a long tail (approx. 40”) to seam the pot holder together. Weave in all ends, except for the long seaming tail.

Colour Chart:

Rnds 1 – 6: Colour ARnds 15 – 16: Colour B
Rnds 7 – 8: Colour BRnds 17 – 18: Colour A
Rnds 9 – 10: Colour ARnds 19 – 20: Colour B
Rnds 11 – 12: Colour BRnds 21 – 22: Colour A
Rnds 13 – 14: Colour ARnds 23 – 24: Colour B
Round 6, 8, and 10 of the Mabel Pot Holder

Right Side vs. Wrong Side of the Square:

On the right side of the square, you cannot see the colour changes; on the wrong side, you can see the colour changes. Below, you’ll see the colour changes marked with arrows.

Wrong Side vs. Right Side of the Crochet Moss Stitch Square

Folding and Seaming the Pot Holder Closed:

Step 1:

  • Lay the square flat, making sure that the wrong side is facing upwards, and the right side is facing downward. This ensures that you won’t be able to see the colour changes when you fold up the pot holder.

Step 2:

  • Fold 2 corners into the center of the square.
  • Thread a yarn needle with the long seaming tail you left. Line up the 2 corners and whip stitch in the front loop only of each st across. This seams two corners together!
  • Tip: To create a less noticeable seam, pull tight after working each whip stitch.

Step 3:

  • Our goal is to use the same seaming tail to sew up all 4 corners of the square. To do this, insert the yarn needle into the corner of the pot holder.
  • Grab the yarn needle with your hand and pull it through the inside of the potholder.
  • Fold the next corner into the center of the square. Line up the 2 sides, and whip stitch in the front loop only of each st across.
  • Repeat Step 3 to seam the 4th corner!

Adding a Ch-Circle:

  • Make sure that the front side of the pot holder is facing you.
  • Insert hook into any corner, YO with Colour A, and pull through the corner st to fasten on. (Picture 1, 2)
  • Ch 13. (Picture 3)
  • Sl st into the first ch to make a ch-circle. (Picture 4)
  • Fasten off, leave a tail, and weave in the last end. (Picture 5, 6, 7, 8)
How to Add a Chain Circle to a Crochet Pot Holder


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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End Notes:  

Congratulations! You just finished your first Mabel Crochet Pot Holder. 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.

The fifth pot holder pattern will be released on May 19, 2023!

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I hope you have a wonderful day!

Love, Dayna

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