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Sugar and Cream Potholders

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Potholders in the shape of a sugar pot and cream jug

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, 1 ball each of a light and dark color.

Steel Crochet Hook No. 7/1.65mm

This amount is sufficient for the set.


Sugar Bowl

Starting at bottom with light color, ch 58 (to measure 6½ inches).

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

2nd, 3rd and 4th rows: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Omit turning ch at end of 4th row. Fasten off.

5th row: Attach dark color, sc in 1st sc, * long sc in next sc – to make a long sc, insert hook at base of next sc 2 rows below, and complete as for an sc; sc in next sc. Repeat from * across. Fasten off.

Attach light color (always attach new color at same edge).

6th to 13th rows incl: Repeat 3rd, 4th and 5th rows respectively twice, then the 3rd and 4th rows once more. Ch 3 at end of 13th row.

14th row: Dc in next and each following st across. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat 14th row until piece measures 4½ inches in all.

Shape top as follows:

1st, 2nd and 3rd rows: Dc in 3 dc, holding back on hook the last loop of each dc, thread over and draw through all loops on hook (3dc decreased), work next 2 dc as 1 dc (another dc decreased),  dc in each dc across to within last 6 dc (counting turning ch as 1 dc),  dec 1 dc by working off 2 dc as 1 dc, work off remaining 4 dc as 1 dc (8 dc decreased in row). Ch 3, turn. Make ch-1 (instead of ch-3) at end of 3rd row.

4th, 5th and 6th rows: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Fasten off at end of 6th row.

7th row: Attach dark color, sc in 1st sc, * long sc in next sc, sc in next sc. Repeat from * across. Fasten off.

Attach light color and repeat 5th, 6th and 7th rows respectively. Fasten off dark color.

11th row: Attach light color, 2 sc in 1st st, sc in each st across, 2 sc in last st (1 sc increased at each end of row). Ch 1, turn.

Repeat 11th row 4 more times.

Now work 1 row without increasing. Fasten off.

Attach dark color and sl st in each st along top of last row. Fasten off.

Make another piece same as this, reversing colors.


Make 2

With 2 strands of dark color, ch 5. Join with sl st.

Now sc in each st around, inserting hook from inside of circle. Do not join rounds.

Work thus until piece measures 2½ inches. Fasten off.


Measure off 5 strands of dark thread, each 2½ yards long. Twist these strands tightly. Now double the twisted strands and give them a second twist in the opposite direction.

Trace outline of one crocheted piece on tracing paper.

Write on it diagonally the word “Sugar” (see illustration).

Place this paper over crocheted piece of light color, and pin in place.

Sew cord over letters. Cut off remaining cord, bringing out the cut end on wrong side of crocheted piece.

Sew this free end securely in place. Remove paper.

PAD – Cut flannel, muslin or any soft material, slightly smaller than crocheted pieces. Place between crochet, tacking to wrong side of one piece.

Place padding between crocheted pieces and sew neatly all around edges.

Sew handles in place as in illustration.

Cream Pitcher

Work exactly as for “Sugar Bowl”.

Make only one handle, using light color.

Make a cord of light color, write the word “Cream” on paper and sew cord over it on crocheted piece of dark color. Finish as for Sugar Bowl.

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

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