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Beginner, Single Crochet Potholder

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I wanted to practice my crocheting by making something useful. So, I picked this potholder as a project to follow my post, Beginner Crochet: Slip Knot, Chaining, Single Crochet. I’m glad I decided to make this potholder. By crocheting the potholder I learned how to make the first and the last stitch in a row of single crochet, how to count the individual stitches, and how to count the individual rows. I now have a better understanding of single crochet and I have a pair of sturdy, double thick potholders.

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The potholder pattern is from  Mom’s Crochet website. I have also added a link to the pattern on my Pinterest board Crochet – Beginner Tutorials. Click on the “Lisa Ault – Corn Maiden” and you will link to the board.

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The instructions, along with clear pictures, are provided on the website. I see no purpose in repeating them. Rather, I want to concentrate on the things I learned and the mistakes I made while crocheting my potholders.

I found that, in order to tell if I had 30 stitches in a row, I was having to count each single stitch while I was crocheting. The problem was that that I did not know how to look at a finished row and count the number of  stitches. I did a little online searching and found a video by TLCinspirations that helped me (the video is also on my Pinterest board).

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I learned that if you look at the top of a row of single crochet, each “V” shape is a stitch. The loop on the crochet hook does not count as a stitch.

crochet stitches 2 At the end of the row, opposite the crochet hook, there is a yarn thread forming an “ending bar”. This is not counted as a stitch.

30 stitches This is how I counted the 30 stitches in a row of my potholder. Notice I did not count the loop around the crochet hook nor the “ending bar”. I counted my stitches before I added my turning chain stitch. Once I learned how to identify and count the stitches, I  would crochet a few rows and then stop for a  “count check”  to make sure I still had 30 stitches in my rows.

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Another problem was figuring out where to place the first stitch when starting a new row. After adding my turning chain stitch, things looked very confusing. Several times I had to rip out a row because I had started it wrong. Eventually, I realized that the stitches looked like a horizontal bar with two little legs. I saw that the first stitch goes in the hole just to the right of the first cross bar. Now, I’m not going to say that I didn’t make any mistakes once I discovered this, but I did improve.

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I also found it difficult to identify the last stitch in a row.  At first, I had to stop before I got to the end of the row, look for the “ending  bar”, and count how many stitches were remaining in the row.

last stitch 2 With practice, I began recognizing the last stitch and the “ending bar”.

single crochet Single crochet was easier once I learned how to see the stitches. I started looking at the little horizontal bars with the two legs. Between the horizontal bars there is a hole or a gap. I realized that is where to place the hook to make the next stitch. Working this way I was able to develop a nice rhythm.

counting rows2I was moving right along crocheting my potholders, but I was stopping at the end of each row to put a little hash mark on a piece of paper in order to keep track of how many rows I had crocheted. Of course, I kept forgetting to mark my paper. I decided I needed to learn how to count the rows. I found an informative video By TLCinpirations (the video is also on my Pinterest board).  For me, the easiest way to see the rows is to look down the rows. There are raised rows with a depression between them. Each raised row and each depression counts as a row. If you turn your piece over you will see that the depression is actually a raised row on the other side. When counting my rows I started with my beginning yarn tail in the lower left corner. This way I knew the first row was a depressed row. The above photo shows how I counted the 30 rows of my potholder. The row on the left was my starting row.

counting rows Here’s a photo of the rows counted from the bottom up. You can clearly see the rows of the of stitches formed by the horizontal bars with two legs and the alternating depression.

After I finished my potholder squares I cast off by following the Curtzy crochet lesson #7. (the video is also on my Pinterest board) Attaching the two pot holder squares together was a bit difficult. Luckily, there are very good pictures on Mom’s Crochet website. Basically, there is one connecting stitch in the center of each raised row and each depressed row. It was slow work, but I did manage to get the squares put together. I added a row of single crochet to the chained loop. This made it a little stronger.

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I worked all the lose ends into the crochet edges.

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I’m anxious to get cooking with my new potholders. I would encourage you to make this potholder. It’s nice and thick, better than anything you can buy in a store. If you are looking to crochet a potholder but this one is not your particular cup of tea, check out my Pinterest board of crochet potholder patterns.

Follow Lisa Ault ~ Corn Maiden’s board Crochet ~ Potholder Patterns &Tutorials on Pinterest.
Happy Crocheting! ~ Lisa

1 Comment on "Beginner, Single Crochet Potholder"

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  1. Suzy says:

    Made the potholder and it turned out great.
    Very sturdy nice size. Makes up quick.
    Making some more for gifts.

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