Hi guys! Welcome to Week 3, a.k.a the halfway point, of the Pot Holders Galore Crochet-along. Woo-hoo! Today, we are making the Ripple Effect Crochet Pot Holder, which uses the half double crochet in the third loop only technique to create a beautiful knit-like texture. Not only is this stitch pretty, but since it is a short stitch, it makes the pot holder a bit thicker.
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.
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 125 yds / 114 m 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 Below (Left to Right): Linen, Honey Dew, and Swan
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- Ch – chain
- St – stitch
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Rnd – round
Gauge: Approximately 15 sts x 12 rows = 4” x 4”
Trouble with Gauge?
If your gauge is too small, try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. If your gauge is too big, try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.
- When the pot holder is folded, it measures approximately 7” wide x 7” long, and 9.25” along the diagonal.
- When the pot holder is lying flat, it measures approximately 10” wide by 5.25” long.
How to Customize the Size of your Ripple Effect Crochet Pot Holder:
If you would like to make a different sized pot holder, you can find customization instructions HERE.
*The Ad-free Printable PDF for the Crochet-a-long includes written instructions for all 6 patterns, step-by-step pictures, links to the video tutorial, and is ready to print and use! Each week, the next pattern will be ready to download.
Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop Only Tutorial:
- Each crochet stitch has a front and back loop; these are the two loops that we normally work into when completing a stitch. However, each stitch also has a “third” loop.
- When working in the round, the third loop appears behind and below the back loop of a stitch (Picture 1 & 2).
- You have done this stitch correctly if you can still see the front and back loop of the hdc in the previous round (Picture 3).
Here is the video tutorial for the Ripple Effect Crochet Pot Holder. It walks you through Rnds 1 – 4, and fastening off.
- *Note: The Ripple Effect Crochet Pot Holder is completed the same way as Week 1’s Fairy Dust Pot Holder, so please reference the video tutorial here for weaving in ends, 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.
- 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 rnd with a stitch marker (or safety pin) to know where it starts, move the marker up with each rnd.
- Stitch counts are given at the end of each rnd in <> brackets.
Rnd 1: 2 hdc in second ch from hook, hdc in each ch across until 1 ch remains; 3 hdc in last ch (this is a corner).
- Rotate your work 180 degrees clockwise, so you are working along the bottom of the chain.
- Hdc in each ch across. The last hdc should be in the first ch of the rnd to complete the corner. Do not join with a sl st. Instead, proceed to Rnd 2. <76 hdc>
Rnds 2 – 3: In third loop only, hdc in first st of previous rnd (mark with a stitch marker), and in each st around. Do not join with a sl st. <76 hdc>
Rnd 4: Hdc in first st of previous rnd (mark with a stitch marker), and in each st around. Do not join with a sl st. <76 hdc>
Rnds 5 – 13: Repeat Rnds 2 – 4, 3 times.
Rnds 14 – 15: Repeat Rnds 2 – 3.
Make a sl st into both loops of the first st of Rnd 15. 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.
Folding, Seaming, and Adding a Ch-Circle
The Ripple Effect Crochet Pot Holder is folded and seamed the same way as Week 1’s Fairy Dust Pot Holder, so please reference the photo tutorials and instructions included below.
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!
The pattern for Week 4 is available HERE!
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 Ripple Effect Crochet Pot Holder. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did.
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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