Hi guys! Welcome to the third month of the Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along for 2023. Can you believe we are a quarter of the way through the year? It’s flying by! March’s pattern is the Stained Glass Crochet Potholder, named by the lovely Renee Isaac. Thank you so much Renee – the name you chose suits this pattern perfectly!
This potholder is crocheted in the round, then seamed together at the top to create a “double thick potholder”. I’ve also included a beginner friendly modification, for those who have trouble working in the round (you can find it at the end of this post). You can find the free pattern and video tutorial linked below.
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- Potholder #1: Stargazer
- Potholder #2: Houndstooth
- Potholder #3: Stained Glass (this post)
- Potholder #4: Mabel
- Potholder #5: California Dreaming
- Potholder #6: Encircle Me
- Potholder #7: Making Waves
- Potholder #8: Flower Power Hexagon
- Potholder #9: Zig and Zag
- Potholder #10: Serendipity
- Potholder #11: Granny Diamond
- Potholder #12: Sweater Weather
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- 4.0mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- Stitch Marker or Safety Pin
- Any medium 4 worsted weight cotton yarn
- I Love this Cotton! Yarn, Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Cotton, 180 yd / 165 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g)
- Dark Denim (Colour A)
- Periwinkle (Colour B)
- Antique Gold (Colour C)
- Warm Blush (Colour D)
- Colour A: 95 yds / 87 m
- Colour B: 28 yds / 26 m
- Colour C: 28 yds / 26 m
- Colour D: 18 yds / 17 m
- Total: 169 yds / 156 m
Choosing Your Colours:
To make this pot holder, you can use as many or as few colours as you like. I chose to use 4: one main colour (Navy), and 3 contrasting colours (Pink, Rust, and Light Blue). Get creative and find a colour combination that works for you!
*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
- Dc – double crochet
- Fptc – front-post triple crochet (see tutorial below)
- Rnd – round
- RS – right side
- WS – wrong side
- YO – yarn over
Right Side (RS) vs. Wrong Side (WS)
The right side (RS) and wrong side (WS) of this pot holder is important because of the placement of the front-post triple crochet stitches. The RS of the pot holder is when the odd numbered rnds are facing you (Rnds 1, 3, 5…) because this is the side that you can see the front-post triple crochets. The WS is when the even rnds (Rnds 2, 4, 6…) are facing you because this is the back side of the front-post triple crochet stitches. Here is a comparison of the 2 sides:
Gauge: Approximately 14 sts x 8 rows = 4” x 4”
We all crochet a little differently. I am a loose crocheter, so my stitches are larger. Before you start your Stained Glass crochet 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.
*Note: For Rows 3 & 5, leave the st behind the fptc unworked (see fptc tutorial below).
- With Colour A, ch 21.
- Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook (the 2 skipped chs do not count as a st), dc in each ch across. Turn. (19 dc)
- Row 2: With Colour B, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first st, and in each st across. Turn. (19 dc)
- Row 3: With Colour A, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first 3 sts, fptc around next st 2 rows below, [dc in next 5 sts, fptc around next st 2 rows below] 2 times; dc in last 3 sts. Turn. (16 dc, 3 fptc)
- Row 4: With Colour C, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first st, and in each st across. Turn. (19 dc)
- Row 5: With Colour A, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first 3 sts, fptc around fptc 2 rows below, [dc in next 5 sts, fptc around fptc 2 rows below] 2 times; dc in last 3 sts. Turn. (16 dc, 3 fptc)
- Rows 6 – 9: Repeat Rows 4 – 5. Row 9 is a Row 5 repeat.
- Without turning, ch 1, sc along the left side of the square working 2 sc into the side of each row; 1 sc in each ch across the bottom; 2 sc into the side of each row along the right side; and 1 sc into each st across the top. Make 3 sc in each corner.
Measure your coaster to see if 14 sts across = 4″, and if 8 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 8 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 8 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 Stained Glass crochet pot holder, you can find instructions below under the “Customize the Size of your Pot Holder” heading. If you are having trouble crocheting in the round, there are instructions to modify the pattern, to make it more beginner friendly, at the end of this post.
The Stained Glass Crochet Pot Holder is crocheted in the round to make a pouch, then seamed closed at the top. This creates a double thick pot holder.
Customize the Size of Your Pot Holder:
To make your Stained Glass 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 a multiple of 6 + 2. Ex. Ch 42 (multiple of 6) + 2 = 44 chains.
Length: To make your pot holder longer or shorter, repeat Rnds 4 – 5, while alternating between Colours A, B, C, and D, 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).
Front Post Triple Crochet Stitch Tutorial (Fptc):
The front post triple crochet stitches are always worked 2 rnds below. Crochet this stitch with a loose tension, so that your pot holder doesn’t curl in on itself.
- YO 2 times (Picture 1), and insert hook from front to back to front around the post of the indicated st 2 rnds below (Picture 2).
- YO and draw up a loop – you should have 4 loops on the hook (Picture 3).
- [YO and pull through 2 loops] 3 times (Pictures 3, 4, 5, & 6).
Important Note about the Fptc Stitch:
When working a front-post triple crochet, always skip the stitch on the current rnd (row) behind the front-post triple crochet, so that it is left unworked. Below, you’ll see the front side and back side of the fptc; on the back side, the stitch behind the fptc is left unworked.
Here is the video tutorial for the Stained Glass Crochet Pot Holder. It walks you through Rnds 1 – 5, 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 because you’ll need it for future rnds. Instead, move the unused colour strand to the back of your work before starting a new rnd.
- 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 RS, and even numbered rnds are considered the WS.
- For Rnds 3 & 5, leave the st behind the fptc unworked (see tutorial above).
With Colour A, ch 32.
Rnd 1 (RS): Dc in third ch from hook (mark with a stitch marker; the 2 skipped chs do not count as a st); dc in each ch across until 1 ch remains; 2 dc in last ch.
- Rotate your work 180 degrees clockwise, so you are working along the bottom of the chain.
Dc in next ch, and in each ch across. The last dc should be 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. <60 dc>
Rnd 2 (WS):
With Colour B, ch 2, dc in first st, and in each st around (mark the first and last st with a stitch marker). Join with a sl st. Turn. <60 dc>
Rnd 3 (RS): With Colour A, ch 2, dc in first 3 sts, [fptc around next st 2 rnds below, dc in next 5 sts] 9 times, fptc around next st 2 rnds below, dc in last 2 sts. Join with a sl st. Turn. <50 dc, 10 fptc>
Rnd 4 (WS): With Colour C, ch 2, dc in first st, and in each st around (mark the first and last st with a stitch marker). Join with a sl st. Turn. <60 dc>
Rnd 5 (RS): With Colour A, ch 2, dc in first 3 sts, fptc around fptc 2 rnds below, [dc in next 5 sts, fptc around next fptc 2 rnds below] 9 times, dc in last 2 sts. Join with a sl st. Turn. <50 dc, 10 fptc>
Rnds 6 – 17: Repeat Rnds 4 – 5, while following the colour changes below. Rnd 17 is a Rnd 5 repeat.
|Rnd 6: Colour D||Rnd 12: Colour D|
|Rnd 7: Colour A||Rnd 13: Colour A|
|Rnd 8: Colour B||Rnd 14: Colour B|
|Rnd 9: Colour A||Rnd 15: Colour A|
|Rnd 10: Colour C||Rnd 16: Colour C|
|Rnd 11: Colour A||Rnd 17: Colour A|
At the end of Rnd 17, 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.
- These pictures are from last month’s pot holder because the seaming process is the same!
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).
- These pictures are from last month’s pot holder because the ch-circle process is the same!
*Modifying the Pattern to Make it Beginner Friendly:
If you are having trouble crocheting in the round, you can try this modification to make the Stained Glass crochet pot holder pattern easier:
Make 2 identical squares (for the front and back side of the pot holder), and seam them together using a yarn needle, or sc along each side of the squares to attach them. Add a ch-circle, and you’re done! To make the squares, follow the pattern below:
Square (Make 2):
- With Colour A, ch 33.
- Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook (the 2 skipped chs do not count as a st), dc in each ch across. Turn. (31 dc)
- Row 2: With Colour B, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first st, and in each st across. Turn. (31 dc)
- Row 3: With Colour A, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first 3 sts, fptc around next st 2 rows below, [dc in next 5 sts, fptc around next st 2 rows below] 4 times; dc in last 3 sts. Turn. (26 dc, 5 fptc)
- Row 4: With Colour C, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first st, and in each st across. Turn. (31 dc)
- Row 5: With Colour A, ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in first 3 sts, fptc around fptc 2 rows below, [dc in next 5 sts, fptc around fptc 2 rows below] 4 times; dc in last 3 sts. Turn. (26 dc, 5 fptc)
- Rows 6 – 17: Repeat Rows 4 – 5, while following the colour changes below. Row 17 is a Row 5 repeat.
|Row 6: Colour D||Row 12: Colour D|
|Row 7: Colour A||Row 13: Colour A|
|Row 8: Colour B||Row 14: Colour B|
|Row 9: Colour A||Row 15: Colour A|
|Row 10: Colour C||Row 16: Colour C|
|Row 11: Colour A||Row 17: Colour A|
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