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The Perfect Potholder ~ Thermal Crochet Stitch

perfect thermal stitch potholder

When I posted my Single Crochet Potholder, I thought I had found a really great potholder pattern. However, trying to crochet the two layers together was a pain. I thought there must be some way to create a thick stitch for a potholder. After a little searching , I discovered the thermal stitch. This stitch makes a nice thick potholder in a single layer. I now have my perfect pot holder pattern.

I’m writing this post particularly for my friend, Margie. Just before she left to spend her summer in Alaska, she asked me to show her how to crochet this potholder. Together, we quickly reviewed the thermal stitch, and I gave her a copy of the pattern. However, I believe she will appreciate having this post to use as a reference.

I found the instructions for this potholder illustrated on several websites. If you are interested in crocheting this potholder, I recommend reviewing The Best Crocheted Potholder” on Mama’s Stitchery Projects and Favorite Crocheted Hot Pad” at Miss Abigail’s Hope Chest website. Both these sites have good pictures of how to crochet the potholder. Also, I suggest watching Beth in Texas’ video tutorial (above) on how to crochet the thermal stitch used in the potholder.

I use Lily’s cotton Sugar’n Cream yarn. A 2 oz. skein makes a single pot holder. I have used both a size G and an H hook when making these potholders. It just depends on how tight you want your stitches. You can start with as many chain stitches in the foundation chain as you like. I prefer 30 chain stitches. This makes a nice large size potholder. Keep in mind, the cotton yarn will shrink when washed.

crochet into top loop of chain

The first row is a simple single crochet stitch in the top loop only of the chain.


second row

The next row is formed by making a single crochet into the back loop of the last row of single crochet and into the bottom chain stitch.  The picture can be confusing because I am working into the back side of the piece. The back side is facing up in the photo.


top of 1st row

Working into the foundation chain can be a bit tricky. The piece tends to curl in on itself. It’s easy for a beginner to get disoriented. I found the easiest way to keep track, is to remember that the row of “V” stitches is the top of the piece. I slowly work my way across the row, working into the back loop of each “V” stitch and the foundation loop directly below the “V” stitch. I count my stitches at the end of the row. This should be one stitch less than the foundation chain.


2nd row_edited-1The  first couple of starting rows will look like a coiled rope instead of a flat pot holder. But, the piece will straighten out with crocheting a few more rows. It has taken some practice for me to get the feel of crocheting into the back stitches. I wasn’t really comfortable with this until I was into my second potholder.


last stitch in the row

The other tricky bit, is  identifying the last stitch in the row. I have to look very carefully for it. It’s usually a smaller “V” stitch tucked under the ending bar. More often than not I have to pull back the ending bar to even see the last “V” stitch.


stitch into back row

This picture shows my hook placement for the single crochet stitch into the backside. It goes into the back loop of the “V’ stitch and the loop of the stitch in the previous row. It is easy to skip a stitch, so I count my stitches every few rows.


last rowThe final row is stitched differently. It’s a single crochet, but the hook goes into both of the top “V” loops and the top loop of the stitch from the previous row. At the end of the final row, I make 10 tight chains to form my loop for hanging the potholder.


perfect potholder

I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this potholder pattern. Once you catch on to the stitch you can crochet one of these quickly. These potholders are a nice little project to work on when you have a spare moment, such as when you are riding in the car  or waiting in the doctor’s office. I’ve already crocheted several sets of potholders. Recently, I  flew to Ohio to visit family and I was busy on the plane crocheting these potholders to give as gifts to my sisters. They loved them! This potholder will always be one of my favorite items to crochet.

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