This potholder is crocheted in the round to form a pouch, before it is seamed together to make a double thick potholder. It uses the single crochet and Spike stitch to create a fun diagonal spike pattern!
Whether you make it in 1 colour or more, I hope you enjoy crocheting it.
Pin the Serendipity Crochet Potholder – HERE!
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Note: We are changing up the hook size this month. Instead of using a 4.0mm crochet hook, we’ll be using a 5.0mm crochet hook. This change in hook size creates a larger and looser potholder!
Front and Back of this Easy Textured Crochet Potholder:
*The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Serendipity 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.
Gauge: Approx. 13 sts x 16 rows = 4” x 4”
Before you start your potholder, you can crochet a swatch to check your gauge.
- Ch 17
- Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook (the skipped ch does not count as a st), sc in each ch across. Turn. (16 sc)
- Rows 2 – 18: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), sc in each st across. Turn. (16 sc)
Measure your swatch to see if 13 sts across = 4″, and if 16 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 13 sts or 16 rows), try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. However, if your gauge is too big (less than 13 sts or 16 rows), try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.
Pattern Measurements and Construction:
How to Customize the Size of Your Potholder:
- Width: The width of the potholder is determined by the starting chain. Chain a multiple of 3 + 1. Ex. 3 x 11 = 33 + 1 = 34 (Chain 34).
- Length: To make your potholder longer or shorter, repeat Rnds 2 – 7 until satisfied.
Spike Stitch Photo Tutorial:
Each spike stitch is a long / extended single crochet worked into the st one row below.
- Insert the hook into the indicated st one row below.
- YO, and pull up the loop until it reaches the height of the current row.
- YO and pull through both loops to complete the st!
- Stitch counts are given at the end of each rnd in <> brackets.
- Do not turn at the end of each rnd.
- This pattern is worked in a continuous rnd, which means that the rnds do not end with a sl st. Instead, mark the first st of the new rnd with a stitch marker (or safety pin) to know where it starts and ends.
- Pictures are taken on a small sample. A second colour is used to highlight the stitch placement.
Rnd 1: Sc in second ch from hook – mark with a stitch marker, sc in each ch across until 1 ch remains; 2 sc in last ch.
- Rotate your work 180 degrees clockwise, so you are working along the bottom of the chain.
- Sc in next ch, and in each ch across. The last sc should be in the first ch of the rnd to complete the corner. Do not join with a sl st. <54 sc>
Rnd 2: Sc in first 3 sts – mark first st with stitch marker, [Spike in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 8 times, Spike in next st, sc in last 2 sts. Do not join with a sl st. <45 sc, 9 Spike sts>
After Rnd 2, each Spike st is worked 1 st to the right of the Spike st from the previous rnd – this creates a diagonal pattern.
Rnd 3: Sc in first 2 sts – mark first st with stitch marker, [Spike in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 8 times, Spike in next st, sc in last 3 sts. Do not join with a sl st. <45 sc, 9 Spike sts>
Rnd 4: Sc in first st – mark with stitch marker, [Spike in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 8 times, Spike in next st, sc in last 4 sts. Do not join with a sl st. <45 sc, 9 Spike sts>
Rnd 5: Spike in first st – mark with stitch marker, [sc in next 5 sts, Spike in next st] 8 times, sc in last 5 sts. Do not join with a sl st. <45 sc, 9 Spike sts>
Rnd 6: Sc in first 5 sts – mark first st with stitch marker, [Spike in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 8 times, Spike in last st. Do not join with a sl st. <45 sc, 9 Spike sts>
Rnd 7: Sc in first 4 sts – mark first st with stitch marker, [Spike in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 8 times, Spike in next st, sc in last st. Do not join with a sl st. <45 sc, 9 Spike sts>
Rnds 8 – 31: Repeat Rnds 2 – 7, 4 times.
Rnd 32: Repeat Rnd 2.
Do not fasten off, but weave in all ends (except the working yarn) before closing the potholder.
Lining up the Seams:
- You may notice that the last st of the rnd does not fall along the edge/side of the potholder – it has shifted a few stitches over. (Picture 1)
- To fix this, pull up on the loop on your hook and remove your hook – this ensures that your work won’t unravel. Remove the stitch marker from the last rnd. (Picture 2)
- Flip the potholder over, so the front side is facing you, and make sure it is lying flat.
- With the stitch marker, mark the first st in the top-right corner of the potholder. (Picture 3)
- Place the loop back on your hook, and sl st in each st across until you reach the stitch marker. Remove it, and sl st into this st. (Picture 4, 5)
Seaming the Potholder Closed:
- Line up the front and back sts.
- Starting in the top right corner where you made the sl st into, insert the hook into both loops of the front and back st, YO with the strand, and pull through both sts and the loop on the hook. This counts as the first sl st.
- Sl st into each st across, making sure to go through both the front and back sts to join. Do not fasten off.
Adding a Ch-Circle:
- After making the final sl st, ch 13 (Picture 1).
- Sl st into the side of the first ch to make a ch-circle. (Picture 2)
- Fasten off, leave a tail, and weave in the last end (Picture 3, 4, 5, 6).
Block Your Potholder (Optional):
Blocking is the process of wetting a piece of crochet to make the ends and rows straight. To block this easy textured crochet potholder, you will need a steamer or spray bottle, straight pins, and a blocking mat or foam.
- Block your work by stretching out the potholder (vertically and horizontally), and placing straight pins along each side of the potholder to hold it in place.
- With a steamer or spray bottle, gently steam/spray the potholder. When using a steamer, stay at least 2 inches away from the potholder, so the yarn doesn’t burn.
- Gently pat the steam/water into the potholder with your hand.
- Allow the potholder to dry completely before unpinning it.