How to Crochet a Lumpy, Misshapen Pot Holder
Crocheting pot holders is a great way to practice crochet skills while also making a useful household item. However, as a beginner, your first few pot holders may turn out lumpy and misshapen – and that’s ok! With some practice and patience, you’ll be churning out beautiful, even pot holders in no time. In this article, I will walk you through the basics of crocheting a simple pot holder, even if it does end up a bit uneven.
Choosing Yarn and Hook
When crocheting pot holders, you’ll want to use a medium weight cotton yarn so the pot holder can withstand heat. I prefer using Sugar’n Cream or Peaches & Crème cotton yarn in worsted weight. As for hook size, you’ll want to use a size between I/9 (5.5 mm) and K/10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook. The hook should be a few sizes larger than normal for the yarn so you get a nice dense, thick fabric.
For your first lumpy pot holder, I recommend:
- Yarn: Sugar’n Cream Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
- Hook: Size J/10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Basic Pot Holder Pattern
Most basic pot holders are made by crocheting a rectangle shape using simple stitches like single crochet or half double crochet stitches. For your first pot holder, I suggest using the half double crochet stitch (hdc).
To begin, create a slip knot on your hook and then chain 21 stitches.
Row 1: Start in the 2nd chain from the hook and work 1 hdc in each chain across. At the end of the row, you should have 20 hdc.
Rows 2-16: Chain 1 and turn your work. Work 1 hdc in each stitch across for a total of 20 hdc.
At the end of Row 16, finish off by crocheting 1 more row of hdc without turning. This will give you a nicely finished edge.
Common Issues for Beginners
When you’re first starting out, your pot holder may turn out lumpy, uneven, or curled at the edges – and that’s completely normal! Here are some common beginner issues and tips to avoid them:
Inconsistent tension – Try to maintain the same tightness as you crochet each stitch. If your tension is too tight or too loose, it can make the fabric pucker.
Counting mistakes – Use stitch markers between sets of 10 stitches to help you count correctly. Double check you have the right number of stitches at the end of each row.
Uneven edges – Work the first and last few stitches of each row more slowly to ensure your edges are straight.
Curling – Make sure to work a row of single crochet stitches around the entire edge before finishing to help reduce curling.
Make It Your Own
Part of the fun with crochet is customizing projects to suit your own style. Here are some ways to make your lumpy pot holder unique:
Add shape – Try rounding the corners or shaping the sides to make an oval, circle, square or other shapes instead of a basic rectangle.
Change size – Make it bigger or smaller by adjusting the number of foundation chains and rows.
Mix colors – Alternate between two or three different yarn colors in rows or stripes.
Add texture – Try combining half double crochet stitches with other textures like bobble stitches, puff stitches or front/back post stitches.
Decorate – Sew on buttons, ribbons or other embellishments with yarn when you’ve finished crocheting.
The great thing about pot holders is you can experiment without worrying about perfection. So grab your hook and yarn and have fun crocheting your first lumpy, misshapen pot holder! With a little practice, you’ll be amazed at the pot holders you can create.