Friday, 7 September 2012

Potholder pattern and Tutorial

Hello beautiful people, I hope you had a good week so far. Here in Ahmedabad, the rains are just not relenting with heavy downpour, thunder and lightning in the evenings. And in the daytime it is dark, cloudy, hot and sticky. But on the crochet front all is bright and cheerful as I have managed to complete my first ever crochet tutorial! 

Let me begin by welcoming 
          M. J. Joachim from Lots of Crochet Stitches by M. J. Joachim
(she does have lots of crochet stitches with patterns and tutorials, a must visit site for any crochet enthusiast)
and    Linda from Linda's Crafty Corner.

Now on to the potholder pattern. For those of you who only need the pattern, here it is:
Materials:
Your favorite cotton yarn
Crochet hook which is appropriate for your yarn.

Chain 18, join with slip stitch to form ring. 

Rnd 1: Works 24 sc into the ring.

This forms the loop used for hanging your potholder so you can make it as small or large as you like. (For example you can do Ch 12, join with sl st to form ring and work 18 sc into ring for a smaller loop. This will not affect the pattern.)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, Turn, 1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in each of next 5 stitches (13 sc)

From round 3 onwards work in the Back loop only. The Ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, Turn, working in Back Loop only, 1 sc in each of next 6 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in each of next 6 stitches. (15 sc)

Repeat round 3, making 3 sc in the center stitch each time so that each round has 2 more stitches than the previous round.
Continue till you reach your desired size. Fasten off. Weave in the end and your potholder is ready.

Ridged potholder
 And here is the tutorial:
I have used White Rose knitting cotton and a 3 mm crochet hook.

Chain 18, insert hook in first chain,


Join with slip stitch to form ring


 TIP: Hold the "tail" end of the yarn alongwith the ring so that it is woven into the project as you     work. This applies to all crochet projects.


Rnd 1: Work 24 sc into ring.Join with slip stitch.


Rnd 2: Ch 1, Turn the ring


      1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch and 1 sc in each of next 5 stitches (13 sc)


From round 3 onwards work in the Back loop only. The Ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a sc. 

Usually stitches are worked by inserting the hook under both loops of the previous stitch as seen in this photo


Here is a better picture of working under both loops

 
To work in the Back loop only, insert hook in the loop which is away from you as shown in this pic


And also in this picture


Working only in the back loops gives you the lovely ridged texture seen in the potholder.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, Turn, working in Back Loop only, 1 sc in each of next 6 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in each of next 6 stitches. (15 sc)


See the ridge formed due to working in the back loop, in the pic below



Repeat round 3, making 3 sc in the center stitch each time so that each round has 2 more stitches than the previous round.

TIP: To make things a little easier, when you make 3 sc in the center stitch, insert a marker into the second sc, so that in the next round you know where to make the 3 sc.


Continue till you reach your desired size. Fasten off. Weave in the end and your potholder is ready.

That's it, you lovely square potholder is ready. Enjoy.

Phew, my gosh that was a bit of hard work. It is a long tutorial for a small project, I know. But I am secretly hoping that my friends who don't crochet, will read this and be tempted to take up the hook.

I would like to take a moment here and sincerely thank all those who have put up any kind of tutorial (crochet, cookery, sewing or anything else)  because it does take a lot of time and effort. (Especially since my assistant cameraman ran off to college and refused to click photos for me .... he he.)

As this is my first virtual tutorial I will be anxiously waiting for your comments. Feel free to send in your suggestions, opinions, criticisms.... because I know there is room for improvement.

To learn the basic stitches you can visit Lots of crochet stitches by M.J.Joachim and also look up videos by Crochet Geek and bobwilson on Youtube.

So, cheerio until next time. I am waiting to hear from you.
Love xxx




28 comments:

  1. Congrats on first tutorial Sangeetha! It is a nice tutorial with clear instructions. I know, a lot of patience goes into it. Great job !

    This tutorial had only SCs, for your next tutorials if there are HDCs and DCs etc. then you may mention UK or US terms, which one are to be followed. You have many followers and they might be using any of these two terms.

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    1. Thanks Preeti, will keep that in mind.

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  2. Great job on your first tutorial Sangeetha. Thanks very much for sharing. :)

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  3. Thanks for this perfect tutorial, I'll try it sure!

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Such a nice, basic pattern - I've been wanting to try something like this for a long time!

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  5. You did a great job -- certainly looks simple enough. Will give it a try one of these days ... finding the time is the hard part of late. Wish I could send some of our sunshine your way. :) Have a great weekend. Tammy

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  6. Gr8 job sangeetha! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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  7. Thanks so much! Fab tutorial that I will be trying out in the very near future :) Maggie xx

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  8. You are doing a great job! Love your work.

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  9. wow! such neat work. My mother used to knit and crotchet, and I did too when I was very young, and it has been years now, I do not think I have it in me anymore. Glad you are keeping the art alive.

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  10. Such a great pattern, and so easy too! Thank you for this very detailed and wonderful tutorial. I'm definitely going to have to try and make some of these fine potholders!

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    1. Dear M.J., Coming from you, this encouragement means a lot to me. Thanks.

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  11. Yay... I did it. Its a flawless tutorial. I tried my hand at it. And I am so happy that you gave me the fastest Ta dah....

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    1. Thanks Aishwarya. I am so happy. It is a Ta dah moment for me too. So glad you tested my tute.
      Love

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  12. oh dear!!!! i visited already.. sorry i didn't leave any comment.. it will surely help me.. and i'm going to make this... and after finishing i'll surely show you. thanks a lot for the tutorial dear...
    loads of luve

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  13. What a wonderful tutorial. I don't know if I could manage one. Yours was clear and easy to follow and I will be trying a potholder soon. After I get all the projects done that need to be done yesterday!!!! : )

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  14. Hi Sangeetha

    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. Wish you all the very best. And hope your birthday wish comes true:)

    Lots of love
    Aishwarya

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    1. Hi Aishwarya, Thank you dear. So kind of you to remember.
      Love.

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  15. thank you for sharing your pot holder pattern.... i will make one, soon.

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  16. Happy bday my dear friend! Hope you had a good one and did some good crochet to celebrate it :) Lovely pot holder tute. It really takes time right? Many times i have wanted to do a tute, but always have been procrastinating! Thanks for the patience in putting this up!

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  17. ~I am amazed by ur skill and talent dear. Luved ur space.

    Hi I am ur most recent follower, Sherin

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  18. Very clear to follow! You did a really good job on this tutorial!
    (I wish i could get it "printer friendly"..)

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  19. How gorgeous!!! Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  20. dear Sangeetha,
    Your tutorial is simply excellent! Please, please upload tutorials for all your other projects. Eagerly waiting for neck warmer, star coaster etc. etc.
    Thankyou soooooo much!!!


    with love,
    Preethi, kerala

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