Easy Felted Potholder Pattern
Check out this easy felted potholder pattern. Worked in 100% wool yarn with a zig-zag design, it works up very quickly.
Boil it in a pot on the stove to felt it (or toss it in your washer), let it dry and it's ready to use. (Boiling not recommended for places at high altitude).
So easy - all you need is...
- 1-2oz of wool yarn - 2 colors (approx light worsted weight)
- 5mm H/8 hook
You only need to be able to work chain, single crochet and slip stitch.
The size before felting is 11.25 x 11 inches, with the gauge being 13sts x 18rows = 4 inches. Size after felting = 8.75 x 9.5 inches (size will vary with felting method or number of washes). This pattern makes a large potholder or small trivet.
- beg - beginning
- ch - chain
- rep - repeat
- sc - single crochet
- sc1bel - single crochet 1 row below
- sc2bel - single crochet 2 rows below
- sl st - slip stitcj
- st(s) - stitch(es)
Pattern instructions for colorwork...(pattern is in [multiples of 4] + 1)
- sc1bel - work single crochet into next stitch space 1 row below current row, yarn over, pull yarn to front and up to level of row in progress, being sure not to pucker existing rows, complete sc.
- sc2bel - work single crochet into next stitch space 2 rows below current row, yarn over, pull yarn through to front and up to level of row in progress, being sure not to pucker existing rows, complete sc.
Here's the easy felted potholder pattern
- Ch34, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end (33sts).
- Work 5 more rows in sc. (Prev row + these 5 = block of 6 rows).
- Change color. Ch1, *sc1bel, sc2bel, sc1bel, sc, rep from * to end.
- Work 5 more rows in sc.
- Alternate blocks of color - 6 rows of each, each block beginning with a 'change color' row for a total of 7 stripes (42 rows).
- Do not break yarn - ch1, continue in sc all around the potholder working 3sc in each corner and 1sc in end of each row, end with sl st into beg st.
- Change to 2nd color - rep last row, but at final corner work12ch before joining with sl st to beg st.
- Change back to first color, ch1, sc all around edge working 3sc in each corner st, except at end - sc in each ch, join with sl st to beg st, break yarn, finish off end.
That's the crocheting over - now to do the felting part of your easy felted potholder pattern. Check out the page on boiled wool or how to felt wool for instructions.
Make sure to finish off your ends BEFORE you do your felting or you may end up with lumps of felted wool that you won't be able to fit through the eye of your needle.
That was easy, right? A great idea for a gift for the person who has everything. There's always room for another potholder in any kitchen!
If you'd like to make a set of placemats or a larger piece to match your easy felted potholder pattern - you can use the same pattern. Just add stitches in multiples of 4. Adding 12 more stitches adds almost an extra 4 inches -pre-felted size- then you'll need to work more rows, and of course you'd need extra yarn.
Don't forget - felting will shrink your project by approximately 25%. That's why this one starts off way bigger than a potholder would usually be.
Some benefits though...
- Wool will not melt when it gets hot
- wool stops burning when a flame is removed
- felted wool mats and thickens when boiled or washed HOT
These benefits make wool the perfect choice for your easy felted potholder pattern.
Try different color combinations - at 1-2oz for each potholder that shouldn't break the bank. Try each stripe a different color to help use up your scraps.
Think of the color preferences of the person you're creating for and let's get you started. A perfect beginner project, but the results will look far from easy.
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