Nana’s Kitchen Potholder – Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern

The Nana’s Kitchen Potholder is one of my latest additions to my Farmhouse Collection of tapestry crochet potholders.

This tapestry crochet potholder was initially featured in Issue 79 of Happily Hooked Magazine, and I am now happy to share the free pattern here on the blog as well!

Make sure to also check more potholder patterns from my Farmhouse Collection!

Nana's Kitchen Potholder - Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern - RaffamusaDesigns

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MATERIALS

– 3.0-mm (D-3 USA, 11 UK) Crochet Hook
– Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in two contrasting colors. I will refer to them as color 1 (CC1) and color 2 (CC2).
– Tapestry Needle

YARDAGE

  • CC1: 56.25 m/61.7 yds
  • CC2: 35m/38.4 yds

SIZE

The finished potholder measures 6.7” (17 cm) by 7.3” (18.5 cm)

GAUGE

28 sc for 26 rows in 4” (10 cm) worked in tapestry crochet.

CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)

Ch – Chain
RS – Right Side
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
WS – Wrong Side
Yo – Yarn Over

SPECIAL STITCHES

Backstitch
Pull the needle and yarn up, make one straight st forward. From the WS, space your needle out the length of one st and pull the needle up to the RS. Insert the needle back into the end of the first st.

Lazy Daisy Stitch (Lazy daisy st or detached chain st)
Pull the needle and yarn up in one point and reinsert it right next to it. Before pulling the needle all the way to the WS, form a loop. Draw the needle through the loop and form a little st over the top of the loop.

COLOR CHANGE IN TAPESTRY CROCHET

For a nice result with tapestry crochet projects, it is important to change the colors smoothly. To do so, it is necessary that each final stitch in a specific color is closed using the yarn in the next color.

In other words, when crocheting the last st of one given color, insert your hook in the indicated st, yo, pull up a loop, drop the currently used color, yo using the yarn in the new color and pull through both loops on your hook.

Check out my step-by-step tutorial on how to change color in tapestry crochet here!

PATTERN NOTES

  • (…) – Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • If the pattern says “sc 5”, it means that you have to make one single crochet in each of the next 5 stitches.
  • At the end of each row, you turn your work to crochet the next series of sts.
  • The starting ch 1 DOES count as your first stitch and is always made with the main color.
  • All uneven rows are crocheted on the right side (RS), while the odd-numbered rows are crocheted on the wrong side (WS).
  • Throughout the pattern with the exception of the border, the stitch count is always 45 sts.
  • The pattern is written in three sections. The Potholder is worked in rows, then the Border is worked in rounds. The Finishing details are embroidered.
Nana's Kitchen Tapestry Crochet Potholder - Raffamusa Designs

POTHOLDER

(CC1) Ch 46.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in the second st from your hook and in each st across, turn. (45 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1 (counts as a st here and in the rest of the pattern, so skip the first sc!), sc in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1 and start carrying your contrasting color (CC2) yarn inside your sts. (CC1) sc 1, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4] eight times, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 4-7: Repeat Row 2.

Row 8: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 31, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 8, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1] three times, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 7, turn.

Row 10: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 5, [(CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1] three times, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 11: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1] three times, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 12: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 2, [(CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1] twice, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 13: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 14: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 2, [(CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1] twice, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 15: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 16: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 9, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 17: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 12, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 18: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, [(CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1] twice, (CC1) sc 12, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 19: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 12, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 20: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 12, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 21: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 22: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 23: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 2, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 24: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 25: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 26: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 27: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 28: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, [(CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1] twice, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 29: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, [(CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1] twice, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 30: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 31: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 35, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 32: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, [(CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 2] twice, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 33: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 39, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 34: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 21, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 22, turn.

Row 35: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 20, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 21, turn.

Row 36: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 19, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 20, turn.

Row 37: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 18, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 19, turn.

Row 38: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 16, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 16, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 39: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 18, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 19, turn.

Row 40: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 19, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 20, turn.

Row 41-42: Repeat Row 2.

Row 43: Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4] eight times, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 44-45: Repeat Row 2.

Nana's Kitchen Tapestry Crochet Potholder - Free Crochet Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

Border

After row 45, both CC1 and CC2 are at the left, top corner of your potholder. To crochet the edging, you are going to stitch two rounds all around the potholder starting with the left side. Remember to keep the RS facing.

Round 1: With (CC2) (RS facing), place 45 sc on each side of the potholder starting from the left side, then the bottom, right side, and top. At the corners, sc one in the last st of the side, ch 1 and sc in the first st of the next side—45 sts on each side and 1 ch at the corners.

Round 2: With CC1, sc in each st from the previous round. At the corners, [1 sc, ch 1, sc] in the ch-1 space. On the top side, after working the top, right corner, sc 22, sl st into the next st, ch 20 and sl st back into the same st, sc 25 inside the loop, sl st back into the same st. To complete the side, sc 22—47 sts on each side and 1 ch at the corners.

Finishing

Using the backstitch and the lazy daisy st (or detached chain st), embroider a branch with leaves in the space comprised between rows 34 and 41, and sts 6-20 (on the right of the heart) and 26-40 (on the left of the heart).

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6 thoughts on “Nana’s Kitchen Potholder – Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern”

    • Hi Pat,
      The pattern is going to work fine. If you follow text instructions, you will get a mirror image of the one I made. Otherwise, you can try from the color chart, but that’s only available in the PDF pattern only.
      Let me know if you need any help 🙂
      Raffaella

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  1. I am on row three and the chain and sc are coming out to measure 12 3/4 inches wide does the pattern fold in half at some point? Im using the D3 and cotton yarn and stitches are pretty tight together

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    • Hi Brenda,
      The pattern doesn’t fold, so what you get is the final size (minus the border!). So, you could try using a C hook. However, if your cotton yarn is kind of thick, then the potholder will still be pretty large. What kind/brand of yarn are you using?

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    • Hi Rhonda, thank you so much 🙂 In the beginning, I was also not entirely sure I actually wanted to use them. But then, they were there, hanging around the kitchen, so I did put them in use! The worst that can happen is that they get a bit ruined, but that would be a good excuse to crochet some new potholders!

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