Zig Zag Stitch Striped Crochet Potholder with Dishie Cotton Yarn

How to Crochet the Zig Zag Stitch Potholder (PGCAL2023)

Hi guys! It’s time for our 9th potholder pattern in the 2023 Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along. This month’s feature pattern is the Zig and Zag Crochet Potholder – a beautiful striped potholder with a wavy zig-zag pattern.

This potholder reminds me of the transition from summer to autumn – a perfect blend of warm days and cool evenings. I love watching the sun set in the evening, but it can be bittersweet knowing that it sets a little earlier each day.

So let’s soak up these last few days of summer, before winter sets in!

The Zig and Zag Potholder uses a combination of single crochets and spike stitches to create a small, but thick, zig zag pattern. It looks complicated, but I promise that it is a lot easier than you think.

To make this potholder, we crochet two identical squares (front and back) and join them together, before adding a chain-circle for hanging. This potholder will bring colour, texture, and functionality to your kitchen!

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 your potholder(s)!

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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), Blush (D)

Yardage:

  • Colour A – 55 yds / 50m
  • Colour B – 55 yds / 50 m
  • Colour C – 37 yds / 34 m
  • Colour D – 37 yds / 34 m
  • Total – 184 yds / 168 m

Front and Back of the Zig and Zag Crochet Potholder:

The left picture shows the front side of the zig zag potholder, while the right shows the back side.


*The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Zig and Zag 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.

Easy Colorful Striped Crochet Zig Zag Stitch Potholder Pattern

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • St – stitch
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sc2tog – single crochet two stitches together (see tutorial)
  • Spike – extended single crochet worked 2 rows below (see tutorial)
  • Rs – right side
  • Ws – wrong side
  • YO – yarn over
  • Rnd – round

Gauge: Approximately 15 sc x 19 rows = 4” x 4”

  • If your gauge is too small (4” = more than 15 sc or 19 rows), try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook.
  • If your gauge is too big (4” = less than 15 sc or 19 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 zig zag square potholder is made up of 2 identical squares (front and back), that are joined together as you crochet, before adding a ch-circle.

  • Each square measures approximately 7.5” wide by 7.5” long.
  • The finished potholder measures approximately 8” wide x 8” long, after blocking.
Blush Kenai Begonia and Conch Striped Zig Zag Stitch Crochet Potholder Pattern

How to Customize the Size of Your Potholder:

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

  • Width: The width of the potholder is determined by the starting chain. Chain any even number, until satisfied with the width. 
  • Length: Repeat Rows 5 – 8 until satisfied with the length. 
  • Keep track of the number of chains and rows you work because you will need to repeat the process to make 2 identical squares. 
Single Crochet Textured Zig Zag Stitch Crochet Potholder Pattern with Sunset Ombre Colors

Special Stitches and Techniques

Here you’ll find a tutorial for each special stitch and technique in the zig zag square potholder pattern: the Spike stitch, the Sc2tog stitch, how to change colour, and a tip for making straight edges.

Spike Stitch:

Each spike stitch is a long / extended single crochet worked into the st two rows below

  • Insert the hook into the indicated st two rows below.
How to Crochet the Spike Stitch
  • YO, and pull up the loop until it reaches the height of the current row. 
Crochet Spike Stitch
  • YO and pull through both loops to complete the st!
Spike Stitch Tutorial

Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together (Sc2tog): 

A sc2tog is a decrease stitch that combines 2 stitches into one. In this potholder, the sc2tog is worked differently: it joins the left and right legs from 2 spike stitches, to create a triangle pattern. Each sc2tog happens above a sc from the previous row – this sc will be left unworked.

Crocheting the Smock Stitch Tutorial
  • Insert hook under the second leg of Spike #1, and the first leg of the Spike #2. (Picture 1)
  • YO, pull through both legs and draw up a loop – you should have 2 loops on the hook. (Picture 2)
  • YO and pull through both loops to make a single crochet. (Picture 3)
Crochet Smock Stitch Tutorial

Changing Colour Tutorial:

This potholder changes colour every 4 rows. The colour change happens in the final YO of the last sc of the row. 

  • Before completing the final YO of the last sc of the row, drop the current colour, and pick up the new colour with your hook. (Pictures 1 & 2)
  • Pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook to complete the st. (Picture 3)
How to Change Colour at the end of a single crochet row with stripes

Tip: How to Keep Your Edges Straight (and Avoid Jagged Edges):

To create straight edges along the left and right side of your potholder, place the last sc of each row into the side of the beginning ch 1 of the previous row. Here is a tutorial that walks you through this method!

Right Side (Rs) vs. Wrong Side (Ws): 

Since we are turning our work at the end of each row, we are going to have a Rs and a Ws. The right side shows the zig-zag or triangle pattern, while the wrong side shows the spike stitches.

The Right and Wrong Side of the Zig Zag Crochet Stitch

Video Tutorial:

Here is the video tutorial for the Zig and Zag Crochet PotholderIt walks you through Rows 1 – 8 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 of each row does NOT count as a st.
  • Odd numbered rows are considered the Ws, and even numbered rows are considered the Rs.
  • This potholder is made up of 2 identical squares (front and back) that are joined together, before adding a border and a ch-circle.
  • Colour changes happen every 4 rows, but different coloured yarns are used to highlight the placement of the sts in the step-by-step pictures below. Please follow the colour changing instructions in the pattern, not the pictures. 

Squares (Make 2): 

With Colour A, ch 28. 

Row 1 (Ws): Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. <27 sc>

Rows 2 – 4: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. Change to Colour B at the end of Row 4. <27 sc>

Row 5 (Ws): With Colour B, ch 1, sc in first st, [Spike in next st, sc in next st] across. Turn. <14 sc, 13 Spike>

Row 6 (Rs): Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, [sc2tog – joining 2 Spikes, sc in next Spike] until 1 st remains, sc in last st. Turn. <27 sc>

Rows 7 – 8: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. Change to Colour C at the end of Row 8. <27 sc>

Rows 9 – 36: Repeat Rows 5 – 8, 7 times, while following the colour changes below. 

Rows 9 – 12: Colour C
Rows 13 – 16: Colour D
Rows 17 – 20: Colour A
Rows 21 – 24: Colour B
Rows 25 – 28: Colour C
Rows 29 – 32: Colour D
Rows 33 – 36: Colour A
Zig Zag Stitch Crochet Potholder Pattern

Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat the process to make a total of 2 squares.

Joining the Zig Zag Squares:

To join the squares together, place them on top of each other, making sure that the wrong sides are touching and the right sides are facing out.

The Right and Wrong Side of the Zig Zag Crochet Stitch

Notes: 

  • When working each st, go through the matching sts / rows of both squares. 
  • The stitch count shown in <> is an approximation!   
  • Insert hook into the top right corner of both squares, YO with Colour B, and pull through both sts of the squares to fasten on. 

Rnd 1: 

Top: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st – this is the first corner, [Spike in next st, sc in next st] until 1 st remains, 2 sc in last st – this is the second corner. 

Left Side: Work 3 sts into the side of each 4-row coloured section – this creates a straighter/less wavy edge.

[Spike in next row, sc in next row] across.

Bottom: Sc sts are worked into the bottom of the ch, and Spike sts are worked into the bottom of the Spike sts from Row 5.

2 sc in first ch – this is the third corner, [Spike in next st, sc in next ch] until 1 st remains, 2 sc in last ch – this is the fourth corner.

Right Side: Work 3 sts into the side of each 4-row coloured section.

[Spike in next row, sc in next row] across. Join with a sl st. Do not turn. <56 sc, 52 Spike>

Rnd 2: 

Top: Ch 1, sc in first corner sc, sc2tog – joining the first and last Spike from Rnd 1, [sc in next Spike, sc2tog – joining next 2 Spikes] across.

Adding a Ch-circle: After making a sc into the last Spike at the top of the potholder, ch 13. Insert hook into the front loop and the second leg of the sc and make a sl st – this creates a ch-circle.

Left Side / Bottom / Right Side: {Sc in first corner sc, [sc2tog, sc in next Spike] across} 3 times. Join with a sl st. <108 sc>

Block Your Zig Zag Crochet Potholder (Optional):

Blocking is the process of wetting a piece of crochet to make the ends and rows straight. To block this 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.
How to Easily Block a Crochet Cotton Potholder

Questions?

If you have any questions about 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 Zig and Zag Crochet 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 #10 will be released on Friday, October 6, 2023!

Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this zig zag crochet 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.

I hope you have an amazing day, and get some time to be creative!

Love, Dayna

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