Tutorial: Pot Holder- Double Thick "Folds In On Itself"

In my last sheepishly sharing video I showed these potholders. One was made by my mother-in-law several years ago but she had difficulty explaining to me how to do it.

So I went on a hunt for a pattern. And I could not find any patterns that explained it clearly so I had to figure it out by myself.

Later, I found that teresa, crochet geek, had a video and I did link you to that one. But she did hers a little bit differently from the way I did it and you all said you wanted to see a tutorial.

So here it is! Many thanks to virginia h for sharing with me the pattern she uses which is a blog tutorial and it's much closer to what I did.

I'm going to put this link and the link to several others along with teresa's video in the description box so you can find the one you're most comfortable with.

So first thing is your materials all you really need is any kind of cotton of your choice. I believe this is lily's sugar and cream and i am using an h or 5mm hook This is not important because gauge is not important.

You're not trying to fit anything here. But, uh. That's what I feel comfortable working with. So the first thing you want to do is chain 30. So start counting. 1.2.3.

26.27.28.29.30! So you have a long chain of 30. Now what you're going to do or what our goal here is to crochet on this side.

You see how you have your " v"? Your crochet stitches? We're going to crochet down this side. I guess we would call this the back loop only. And then we're going to come back around and crochet on the other side making a circular type thing.

Just start in the second chain from the hook (which would be right here) and single crochet all the way down. We've gone all the way across with single crochet and i'm down to the last stitch here.

And what i'm going to do is put 3 in this one stitch. 'Cause our goal 1. Is to create a flat oval, a long flat oval so I kind of (this is where the slip knot was so it's pulled a little wide so i tightened it up there and tuck it behind out of the way or I guess you could crochet over it.

And now, we're going to go into the next stitch with a single crochet. Ok so you see how we have a nice rounded top? Alright, so i'm going to single crochet in this stitch that's left.

(It was actually the front loop of the long chain.) And i'm going to go all the way down til i reach the other end and i'll show you what to do there.

Let me make sure i'm getting the right one. I've got that one so. I need to go in this one. So you can see how it's making an. An oval.

And continue on and i'll meet you down at the other end. So i'm approaching the end with my single crochets. It's kind of. Tough to get in there.

Alright and you can see we've got one here and one here. Right here we're going to put 2. There's one stitch and now we're back in the same stitch.

Now. We're going to continue on. Now here's where you have some options. My mother-in-law did back loop only all the way through on hers.

I chose to do no back loop only. I went through both. Let me show you the difference. You see the lines? Ok that indicates the back loop only and mine is a more Smooth.

You just don't see any lines; you just see a bunch of stitches. It's a little bit tougher to see with this variegated yarn but That, that's.

Just keep that in mind. Decide what you want. It doesn't make any difference. So what we're going to do now is continue to crochet, single crochet, with no increases at all. One in every stitch, all the way around.

You're just going to be like a choo choo. " choo, choo. Chugga chugga chugga chugga chugga, chugga, chugga, chugga" and you just keep doing that around and around and around.

Let me get some going and i'll show you what to look for. Ok so i've been going for a little while and look how it's beginning to curl.

See that? More importantly, look how it's beginning to bring the corners in. See? How the corners come in? And that is what is going to create our fold.

We're going to continue going 'round and 'round and 'round and 'round until you get bigger and bigger corners that will meet. That's the goal.

So let's do some more and we'll me. But wait a second! You're probably thinking, " how many rows do i do, margaret?" that's the beauty of this! You don't have to count! It shows you! You just check it every now and then by flattening it down and when the middles come together you say, " oh! I'm through!" and then you seam it up.

It's great! Wonderful, mindless, great tv-watcher! Ok! I've been crocheting like a crazy woman and i want to check and see how close I am to finishing.

So basically, you just fold it down. Alright, looks like i've got a couple more rounds to go and i'll want to stop on one of these ends.

And then we'll sew it closed. So let me continue on. Okie dokie. I'm checking again and it looks like we're here.

When you flatten it all down, you can see that the pieces meet. Here's what you do when you're on your last round. Alright, i've got a few more stitches to meet right here.

Let's see, i've got one here. I'm eye-balling all of this. I didn't count any of it. And that is the beauty of this pattern. Alright. So am I at the very end? No, I want to do 2 more stitches to get this corner in, to get in the corner.

1.2. Now. I'm going to share a link with you to the best Pattern on the blog, on a blog that I have seen shared with me by virginia and it does not include one of these holders right here.

Now I don't hang mine up, I throw them in a drawer but for some reason I feel like pot holders are supposed to have holders, little hooks, I mean, little loops that you can hang on a hook.

So i'm going to add that. So I think we'll do about 8 chains. 1.2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, eight. Ok? And now we're just gonna hook it over here on the next stitch. I'll slip stitch it in.

If I can catch it, there we go! Alright so now we have a hook and now we need to sew these together. Now of course you're gonna want to use your matching yarn.

Cut yourself off a good bit of it. maybe. 2, 3, maybe 4 lengths just to be on the safe side. Much better to have a little more than not enough and then let's talk about sewing it together.

And you'll want to go ahead and pull it all the way through. Alright, now let's put that out of the side, out of the way for a minute because i've seen in another video, a different way to sew it together using the whip stitch and I don't really care for that and i'll show you why although it is a very sturdy stitch.

So depending on how rough you are with your pot holders you may want to consider that. I'm going to use this contrasting yarn, scrap yarn to kind of show you why.

What the instructions were was to go through the entire stitch. (Let's see if I can get closer.) You go through the entire stitch and then directly across, go through the entire stitch.

And for the whip stitch, you come back to the exact side you started on, which would be this side, and you do it again.

(If I can get it without splitting.) And then, you see, you can pull it closed. Now, of course, this would be in the matching yarn, you do not want to do this in the contrasting yarn but i'm doing it just so I can show you the nature of this stitch.

You see how you have these diagonal lines that go across? Not nearly as noticeable when you use the right yarn. But I still was not fond of that stitch.

So let me show you what i've found (and i'm still going to use the white) so you can get an idea of why I chose this stitch. Now, you can see that the top stitch is sort of turning itself under.

It's sort of rolling under. So I have to turn it up to let you see both stitches, right? You with me on that? Ok, what i'm going to do is leave this one undone, we're not going to touch it.

We're going to use only the outside portion of each of these stitches. Ok? Just these outside portions. So, of course, when we really do it, we'll do it with the red but I want you to kind of see the difference so i'm still using the white.

Now, instead of going back around to this side, i'm going to pick up this one, right here. I should have gone through both at the same time, shouldn't i? That would have been more efficient.

And then I go back on this side and pick up this one. So i'm kind of having a serpentine or " s" pattern going here.

Now, the best part about this is when you pull it tightly the stitches tuck in so much better that you can't see them. They're kind of woven down in there.

And also you get more of a, I don't know, even closure, I guess you could say because you're doing just 1 " v" from each side and pulling it in to make a single " v." you got it? You see what i'm saying? So that's what i'm going.

That's, that's the closure that I prefer but i'm going to encourage you to look at other closures to see which one you prefer. I'll get this out and we'll load up the needle with the proper yarn.

So when we last left off we had, um, pulled through alright we cut our yarn and pulled it through. So now, i'm going to actually reach over (i want the stitch to come over here for it's closure so i'm going to start on this side and i'll do that same kind of serpentine weave.

(Or serpentine if you prefer that pronunciation.) And i'm going to go back and forth just like i showed you. I'm trying to use my. This is my right hand, which is my dominant hand, it's hard enough to keep from splitting the yarn but then i'm using my left hand so you can still see what i'm doing.

Now, see how it sort of just completely disappears? Now you can't help the fact that you're going to have a very visible seam on this side, but you can kind of minimize your seam with this technique.

And just go back and forth until you get to the end and weave your ends in. Ok, i've done this last stitch right here. There's really one more you have to catch.

Right there. Now. Here is. You know. Just weave it in any kind of way you're comfortable with. I've recently learned, someone taught a well, let me go through here and show you.

Someone taught that a better secure way is to slide it through under some stitches and then to actually, on purpose split some yarn and it grabs on better. It's a little tricky when you're working with the tripod.

Kind of gets in your way. But, you sew it in anyway you want to. I'm probably going to go right just weave it on in as much underneath as I can get just to keep it from showing.

Ok, I get it like this and I pull really tight where it kind of gathers. I pull it really tight, give it a snip and then straighten it out.

And there you have your finished pot holder. Nice and square, with your diagonal seams. Oh, I forgot. You have to sew that beginning end in, too. But, there ya go!.

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