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Let's Crochet A Potholder You Can Decorate With Whatever You Choose!

Updated on November 13, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Jazzing Up A Very Old Common Pattern With Something New - A Double Border

Think of this potholder as a frame and matting for your work of art... a place to display something you love! The only requirement is that your treasured decoration be washable. Do you have a pretty fabric Christmas ornament? A piece of scrap fabric you love? How about an unused applique you've stashed away? If it's washable and will fit into the front of the potholder, it will work!

You can also find any number of 3D crochet applique patterns out there on the internet for just about any creature or object you want. There are a number of 3D crochet applique patterns I have designed which you can find at my main pattern index page, here.

For a potholder exchange, I was designing for a lady who loves penguins. I crocheted a freeform penguin directly onto the "blank" potholder by doing "Crobroidery" (See my tutorial on Crobroidery at right). This has given me lots of ideas for my holiday decorating, and I can't wait to make more of them!

You will recognize part of the instructions as the old "Magic Potholder" (author unknown). We start with that, then add a double border which adds more dimension. If you don't want to do the Magic Potholder, you can use any square crochet motif pattern, make two of them and sew them together to form the potholder part. Then just add your border and you're set.

It's very simple to make and I hope you'll enjoy making lots of them! Remember this tip, too – when you're making crocheted gifts, take a photo of the item before you give it away so you can remember it later!

The Schnauzer Difficulty Rating! 2: Pretty Easy

Great Crochet Accessories From Amazon - My Hand Picks!

Clover 3106 Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver
Clover 3106 Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver

I own and love this yarn cutting pendant! It's so handy when I'm working in stripes and have to cut yarn frequently! No more searching for where I laid the scissors!


What You Will Need

Small amounts of 100% cotton worsted weight yarn (i.e. Peaches n' Creme, Sugar n' Cream) in desired colors

Crochet hook size H or preferred

A washable decoration

Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder
Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder

What a nice way to keep your thread off the floor and clean!


A Word About Yarn & Thread Selection...

You may use different yarns such as scrap yarns or threads with good results! Just make sure to keep them similar in weight and thickness so as not to throw off the pattern.

Let's Make The Magic!

First, crochet the "Magic Potholder" with White or your choice of color.

Make a chain the width you would like your potholder to be. (For this example I chained 23).

How to do the Magic Potholder:

Single crochet in each chain across. When you reach the end of the chain, turn your work and single crochet in each stitch of the bottom side of the chain. When you reach that end, single crochet in the first single crochet. Continue in this manner, going around and around, until your potholder turns over on itself and becomes a folded square. When the edges just meet in the center, stop. Slip stitch the seam, or whipstitch it with needle and thread.


Attach contrast color in any corner of potholder. Ch 1, SC in corner. *Skip 1 stitch, work a 5-DC Shell in next stitch. Skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch. Try to space your stitches so that you end up with a SC for the corner stitch. Repeat from * around ending with a slip stitch in the first SC. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Back Side Border

Round 1

Attach desired color in any corner on back side of potholder. Ch 1, SC in corner. *CH 2, skip 2 stitches, SC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first SC.

Round 2

*Work 5 DC and 1 SC in next ch 2 space. Repeat from * around. NOTE: While you are crocheting this round, you can add in the hanging loop if you wish. When you are at the center of the top of the potholder, chain 10 and sl st back to base of chain 10. Turn and fill the ch-10 loop with single crochets. Finish with a slip stitch back at the bottom of the loop and continue on in pattern. Or if you prefer, just work round 2 and then add the hanging loop on afterward.

Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!
Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!

I own and love every size of this crochet hook. They allow me to keep crocheting despite severe arthritis in my hands.


Potholder In Progress!

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Here's the starting chain, crocheting along the bottom side of the chain.The ends meet in the middle and can then be slip stitched or sewn together.Here's the front sideI added the red border and started working on my penguin.Here's the back side border with hanging loop.Doing the Crobroidery for the penguinAdding the finishing touches to Mr. Penguin
Here's the starting chain, crocheting along the bottom side of the chain.
Here's the starting chain, crocheting along the bottom side of the chain.
The ends meet in the middle and can then be slip stitched or sewn together.
The ends meet in the middle and can then be slip stitched or sewn together.
Here's the front side
Here's the front side
I added the red border and started working on my penguin.
I added the red border and started working on my penguin.
Here's the back side border with hanging loop.
Here's the back side border with hanging loop.
Doing the Crobroidery for the penguin
Doing the Crobroidery for the penguin
Adding the finishing touches to Mr. Penguin
Adding the finishing touches to Mr. Penguin
Boye Yarn Yardage Counter
Boye Yarn Yardage Counter

I recently purchased this for myself. It's handy to know how much yarn a given project requires when you're going to be making more than one!


How I Made My Penguin

I used my technique called "Crobroidery" to add on the penguin. I would attach the color onto the potholder, chain and anchor the framework, then fill in with single crochets as needed. For more information, please see my tutorial on Crobroidery listed at right.

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Lily Cotton Yarn, White
Lily Cotton Yarn, White

My go-to yarn for potholders, in a big quantity! I always keep one of these cones on hand.


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A Note From Your Designer...

Hi, I'm SheilaSchnauzies, also published as SheilaSparkles, and my life's passion is designing in Crochet! I also love to share gifts with friends, and this pattern is my gift to you! I give away about 95% of my pattern designs free. The other 5% are sold on my pattern store at to benefit the vet expenses of my Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Sheila's Schnauzies.

Just one little favor, please... I would appreciate it if you do not post this pattern anywhere on the Internet or in the 'real world.' Instead, you are most welcome to provide a link to this webpage.

I use a system I call the "Official Schnauzer Difficulty Rating" just for fun, to rate the difficulty of my patterns. If it's a 3/5 or more, I'll explain why I consider it more difficult. A few of my designs use techniques that are a bit unconventional! If it's one of those patterns, I'll warn you ahead of time. I do a lot of custom-fit patterns, for example. They are made to fit YOU, not a measurement from a chart. They're surprisingly easy to do and actually end up fitting. That's a good thing, yes?

So glad you found my patterns! I hope you really enjoy making whatever it is you're making! Crochet hugs, -Sheila

Honored To Be An Associate Professional Member of Crochet Guild of America!

"Crochet thread is the ink with which I will sign my life." –SheilaSchnauzies

Please Crochet Your Name In My Guestbook! - Kidding, Just Signing Is Fine!

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