Hi guys! Welcome to Week 1 of the Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along. We are kicking things off with the Fairy Dust Pot Holder! This crochet pot holder uses the half double crochet stitch to create tons of texture. The trickiest part is Round 1, but after that, it’s an easy repeat. You can find the free pattern below, the ad-free printable PDF here, and the complete video tutorial below. I can’t wait to see how your pot holders turn out.
If you haven’t heard about the crochet-a-long yet, you can find everything you need to know here.
Important Links / Schedule:
- Facebook CAL Group
- Join the CAL Email List
- Youtube Channel
- Fairy Dust Pot Holder – Week 1 (May 23)
- Bake Me a Pie Pot Holder – Week 2 (May 30)
- Ripple Effect Pot Holder – Week 3 (June 6)
- Colorama Pot Holder – Week 4 (June 13)
- Simply Daisy Pot Holder – Week 5 (Option #1 – June 20)
- Afternoon Tea Pot Holder – Week 5 (Option #2 – June 20)
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- 4.0mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- Stitch Marker or Safety Pin
- Approximately 100 yards of any medium 4 worsted weight cotton yarn per pot holder
- 1 Skein of Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Cotton, 190 yd / 174 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g)
- Colours Pictured Above (Left to Right): Conch, Kenai, and Blush
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- Ch – chain
- St – stitch
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Sp – space
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Rnd – round
- FLO – front loop only (see tutorial below)
- BLO – back loop only (see tutorial below)
- Approximately 17 sts = 4” wide
- Approximately 10 rows = 4” long.
- When the pot holder is folded, it measures approximately 7” wide x 7” long, and 9.5” along the diagonal.
- When the pot holder is lying flat, it measures approximately 9.5” wide by 4.75” long.
How to Customize the Size of your Pot Holder:
If you would like to make a different sized pot holder, you can find customization instructions HERE.
*The Ad-free Printable PDF includes written instructions, step-by-step pictures, links to the video tutorial, and is ready to print and use!
Back Bump of Chain:
- If you turn the chain towards yourself, you’ll see a back bump. (Picture 1)
- After working into the back bump, the front and back loop of the chain appear below the stitch. (Picture 2)
Front Loop Only (FLO) and Back Loop Only (BLO):
Every crochet stitch has a front and back loop. (Picture 1)
- To make a regular hdc, crochet into BOTH the front and back loops of the stitch.
- For the front loop only, make a hdc into just the front loop. If done correctly, you won’t be able to see the back loop from the front of the pot holder. (Picture 2)
For the back loop only, make a hdc into just the back loop of the stitch. If done correctly, you can still see the front loop of the stitch. (Picture 3)
Here is the complete video tutorial for the Fairy Dust Pot Holder. It walks you through Rnds 1 – 3, folding, seaming, and adding a ch-circle. There are timestamps in the video, so you can skip to the part(s) you need.
- Do not turn at the end of each rnd.
- Mark the last st of each rnd with a stitch marker (or safety pin) to know where to stop. It’s easy to add in extra sts if you don’t mark your place.
- Stitch counts are given at the end of each rnd in <> brackets.
- The sl st at the end of each rnd does not count as a stitch!
- There is a photo tutorial for the back bump of the ch, FLO, and BLO above.
Rnd 1: 2 hdc in second ch from hook, [hdc in back bump of next ch, hdc in next ch] repeat across until 1 ch remains; 3 hdc in last ch (this is a corner – Pictures 1 – 2).
- Rotate your work 180 degrees clockwise, so you are working along the bottom of the chain.
- [Hdc in back loop of next ch, hdc in both loops of next ch] across. (Pictures 3 – 5)
- Join with a sl st in BLO of first st. (Picture 6)
- Mark the last st of the rnd with a stitch marker. <80 hdc>
*Note: Do not ch 1 at the beginning of each rnd. Instead, make the first hdc of each rnd into the SAME st as you made the sl st into.
Rnd 2: Hdc in first st, [hdc in BLO of next st, hdc in FLO of next st] around. Join with a sl st in BLO of first st. The last st should be a hdc in BLO. Mark the last st of the rnd with a stitch marker. <80 hdc>
Rnd 3: Hdc in first st, [hdc in FLO of next st, hdc in BLO of next st] around. Join with a sl st in BLO of first st. The last st should be a hdc in FLO. Mark the last st of the rnd with a stitch marker. <80 hdc>
Rnds 4 – 13: Repeat Rnds 2 – 3, 5 times. As the pot holder grows, it starts to look like a pouch.
Make a sl st into both loops of the first st of Rnd 13. Fasten off, and leave a long tail (approx. 12”) to seam the pot holder together. Weave in the ends, except for the long seaming tail.
Place one hand on each side of the pot holder. Push the sides down into the center to make a square that meets on a diagonal.
Note: Since the seaming tail is in the center of the diagonal, seam the left side of the pot holder first, then seam the right side.
- Line up the two sides along the diagonal, and whip stitch in the FLO of each st across. This seams the left side of the pot holder. (Pictures 1, 2, 3)
- *Tip: To create a less noticeable seam, pull tight after working each whip stitch. Picture 3 has very loose whip stitches which is used to highlight the stitch placement.
- When the left side is seamed, insert the yarn needle into the corner of the pot holder. (Picture 4 & 5)
- Grab the yarn needle with your hand and pull it through the inside of the potholder. This creates a rounded corner on the left side of the pot holder, and allows you to use the same tail to seam the right side of the pot holder. (Picture 6)
- To seam the right side, whip stitch in FLO of each st across. (Picture 7)
- When the right side is seamed, insert the yarn needle into the corner, and weave it through a few stitches to create a rounded corner. (Picture 8)
- Secure the tail with a knot, before trimming it.
Last Step: Adding a Chain Circle to Hang the Pot Holder
- Make sure that the front side of the pot holder is facing you.
- Insert hook into the top-left corner, and attach yarn with a sl st. (Picture 1 & 2)
- Ch 13, and sl st into same sp to make a ch circle. (Picture 3, 4, & 5)
- Fasten off and weave in ends!
If you have any questions as you work through the pattern, please reach out to me. I am happy to help! Send me an e-mail through my contact page or ask in the Facebook CAL Group.
Congratulations! You just finished your first Fairy Dust Crochet Pot Holder. Now you can put it to good use and start protecting your counters from hot pots.
Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on the blog.
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I hope you have an amazing day!
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Thank you so much for this CAL! Your instructions are really easy to understand and I can’t wait to make several!
Aww you’re so welcome Shannon! I’m glad that everything is easy to follow (that was my goal haha). I can’t wait to see how your pot holders turn out. 🙂 <3
Just watched the video. An extremely well done video. Clear, concise, easy to listen to, easy to follow. Looking forward to more videos from this designer. Glad I found This Pixie.
Aww thank you so much Maria!! I’m glad you enjoyed the video, and found it easy to follow. <3 🙂
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