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 each of a light and dark color.
Crochet hook US size G-6/4mm
This amount is sufficient for two pot holders.
1st rnd: With light color, ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in 1st sc made.
2nd rnd: Ch 4, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook and draw loop through, (insert hook in next ch and draw loop through) twice; insert hook in same place as sl st and draw loop through, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1 to fasten (a star st made). * Insert hook in fastening ch just made and draw loop through, insert hook in last loop of previous star st and draw loop through, insert hook in same place where last loop of previous star st was drawn through and draw loop through, insert hook in next sc and draw loop through, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1 to fasten (another star st). Repeat from * around (8 star sts in rnd).
Do not join rnds, but work as follows:
3rd rnd: * Draw up first 3 loops of next star st as before, draw up last loop in top of next star st – not in the fastening ch; complete star st as before (an increase made). Make another star st, drawing up last loop through fastening ch (star st made over star st). Repeat from * around (8 increases made – 16 star sts in rnd).
Continue around, making star st over star st and increasing as necessary to keep work flat, until piece measures 8 inches in diameter – when NOT INCREASING, work into the fastening ch’s only; when INCREASING, work into the top of the star sts as well as into fastening ch’s. Sl st in fastening ch of next star st of last rnd. Fasten off.
Cut 4 strands of dark color, each 3 yards long.
Twist strands tightly, double the twisted strands and give them a second twist in the opposite direction. Knot free end.
Sew cord along outer edge of pot holder, making an 8-inch loop.
Sew loop together for 6 inches.
Make another pot holder same as this.
The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain. This digital version is copyright Sarah Bradberry, July 16th 2012. All rights reserved.