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Mitten Potholders

Potholders in the shape of mittens for picking up large pans

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


  • J. & P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen or other size 10 pearl/perle cotton, 2 balls of White or Ecru, or 3 balls of any color.
  • Clark’S O.N.T. or J. & P. Coats Six Strand Embroidery Floss, 1 skein each of a light and dark color.
  • Milward’s Steel Crochet Hook US No 3/2mm

This amount is sufficient for a pair of Mitts.


7 sts make 1 inch; 6 rows make 1 inch.


Using double thread, ch 29.

1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (28 sc). Ch 1, turn.

2nd row: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until piece measures 1 inch.

To shape for thumb, inc 1 st at same edge every other row until there are 37 sts.

Starting at thumb edge, work across 9 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Work over these 9 sts for 1 inch.

Dec. 1 st at both ends of each row until 3 sts remain. Fasten off.

For Palm, attach double thread where sts were divided and work over remaining 28 sts until piece measures 6½ inches from foundation chain.

Dec. 1 st at both ends of each row, until 10 sts remain. Fasten off.

Make 3 more pieces same as this.


Cut 12 strands of thread, each 60 inches long. Twist these strands tightly; double twisted strands and give them a second twist in the opposite direction. Tie loose ends in a knot and trim.


Lay 2 pieces together (thumbs corresponding), and work a row of sc around through both thicknesses, leaving wrist edge open.

Finish other Mitt in same way.

Sew an end of cord to wrist edge of each Mitt.


Make 3 diagonal stripes across back of Mitt by running double (12 strands) of dark Six Strand in and out the rows of crochet.

Cross the dark stripes with 3 stripes of light color as in illustration.

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