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Apron Strings Potholders

Two shell stitch potholders joined by a chain for picking up large cooking pans

This pattern uses American crochet terms. US single crochet = UK double crochet. US double crochet = UK treble and so on


  • Clark’s O.N.T. Cotton Rug Yarn or other 100% cotton worsted weight yarn, 1 ball.
  • Crochet hook US size G-6/4mm

This amount is sufficient for one set of potholders.


Starting at bottom ch 22 (to measure 7½ inches).

1st row: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, * ch 2, sc in same place as dc, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch. Repeat from * until 7 shells are made, ending with sc. Ch 2, turn.

2nd row: * 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same place as dc. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in turning ch. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat 2nd row until piece is ½ inch less than square. Ch 1, turn.

Next row: Work dc, half dc and sc in each ch-2 space across, ending with dc in turning ch.

Do not break off, but make a chain about 18 inches long, or one long enough to stretch from one handle of your roasting pan to the other handle.

Then make 22 more ch; work another holder in same way.

The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain. This digital version is copyright Sarah Bradberry, July 16th 2012. All rights reserved.