Tapestry Crochet Bee Potholder – Free Pattern

Today, I am so happy to share with you my Tapestry Crochet Bee Potholder.

I have put much thought and effort into this design as I came to realize that it is not easy to draw a beehive in just 45 pixels. So, my beehive slowly became just one bee and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Farmhouse Collection

All the potholders in the Farmhouse Collection share the same size, technique, and yarn. I made an article here on the blog so that you can read all about the Farmhouse Collection. But here are some points in short.

What’s the Best Yarn for Potholders?

For potholders, I always recommend natural fibers. So, feel free to use cotton or wool, best if felted. On the other hand, absolutely avoid synthetic yarns because they might actually melt with the high temperatures.

Functional Potholders

For my Farmhouse Collection, I crocheted my potholders with tapestry crochet. Tapestry Crochet creates a very compact texture. This way there will be no holes in the potholder making it very functional in the kitchen.

Tapestry Crochet and Color Changes

When working in tapestry crochet, it is essential to know how to change colors smoothly.

If you need help, I prepared a free tutorial on the blog on how to change colors in tapestry crochet. The tutorial also includes a little trick for a better color change when working on the wrong side!

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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
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet
Yo – Yarn Over

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 two sections. The Potholder is worked in rows, then the Border is worked in rounds.

Tapestry Crochet Bee Potholder – Pattern

(CC1) Ch 46.

Row 1 (RS). Sc in the second ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn.

Row 2 (WS). Ch 1 (counts as a st here and in the rest of the pattern), 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 4-6. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 44, turn.

Row 7. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 10, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 21, turn.

Row 8. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 19, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 9. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 9, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 14, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 8, turn.

Row 10. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 10, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, turn.

My Tapestry Crochet Bee Potholder

Row 11. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 12. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, turn.

Row 13. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 14. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, turn.

Row 15. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 5, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 16. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 4, turn.

Row 17. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 18. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2)sc 4, [(CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1] three times, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 19. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 20. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 3, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1] twice, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Another picture of my Bee Potholder

Row 21. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 10, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, turn.

Row 22. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 13, turn.

Row 23. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 24. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 9, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 25. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 14, (CC1) sc 17, turn.

Row 26. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 10, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 11, turn.

Row 27. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 9, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 17, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 7, turn.

Row 28. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 29. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 9, [(CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1] twice, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 30. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 13, turn.

Row 31. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 11, (CC2) sc 7, [(CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1] twice, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, turn.

Row 32. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 12, turn.

Row 33. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 9, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 5, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 1] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 34. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 11, turn.

Row 35. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3] twice, ((CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5) twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, turn.

Row 36. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, [(CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 13, turn.

Row 37. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 12, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 4, turn.

Row 38. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 16, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 11, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 39. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 13, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 17, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 40. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 34, turn.

Row 41-42. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 44, turn.

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. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 44, turn.

Do not tie off.

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 work two rounds starting on the left side of the potholder. Remember to keep the RS facing.

Round 1 (RS). With CC2, 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. Join the round with a sl st into the first st. (45 sts on each side and 1 ch at the corners).

Round 2 (RS). With CC1, ch 1. (Sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, tr 1, ch 3 and sl st into the next st) 9 times. At the corner, [sc, ch 1, sc] all in the ch-1 from the previous round. Sc 45, work the corner as the previous one, (sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, tr 1, ch 3 and sl st into the next st) 9 times.

Make one Hanging Loop as follow: Sl st into the next ch-1 at the corner, ch 20, sl st into the same ch-1 corner. Ch 1, sc 25 inside of the loop, sl st into the same corner.

Sc 45 along the top side of the potholder. At the corner, [sc, ch 1, sc] all in the ch-1 from the previous round.

Join the round with a sl st into the first sc.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Your Tapestry Crochet Bee Potholder is ready!

I hope you enjoyed crocheting this pattern. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help or support. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful makes on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you, Jorie and Bonnie!

Writing up the pattern and making sure that it makes sense is not as easy as it sounds. This is why it is important to have someone check that everything looks ok.

I was lucky enough to have Jorie and Bonnie test my pattern, and I would like to thank them both!

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Jorie's version of the Tapestry Crochet Bee Potholder
Bonnie's Bee Potholder
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7 thoughts on “Tapestry Crochet Bee Potholder – Free Pattern”

  1. Thank you for the beautiful and functional patterns. May I make these and sell at a fundraiser? I think they would be wonderful at our quilt show and at my PEO fundraiser. Thank you again.

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    • Hi Athena,
      If you mean that you’d like to take your finished potholders to sell, feel free!
      Of course, you’re not allowed to sell the patterns but feel free to include the link to them in your tags 🙂
      Have a nice day,
      Raffaella

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