As I keep adding new Tapestry Crochet Farmhouse Potholders to the blog, the Farmhouse Collection of potholders is coming along together.
When I first designed the Rooster Potholder, I did not exactly have an entire collection in mind. However, I really liked the rooster and thought of adding a goose. I guess that I first thought of a rooster and a goose because my mum has always had chickens, roosters, geese, ducks, turkeys. Well, basically anything you can keep in a chicken coop.
However, after the goose, I also thought of a cow. And with the cow, the Farmhouse Collection took actual shape in my mind.
Since I published the single potholders at very different times, it might be difficult to find them all on the blog. That’s why I decided to make a single post to talk about the farmhouse collection in general and list all the Farmhouse potholders that I created and published so far.
Pin this post for later and always find the Farmhouse Collection on your favorite crochet board on Pinterest!
Get the Bundle with all the potholders!
With 10 Farmhouse Potholders published on my blog, RaeLynn’s blog, Happily Hooked Magazine, one still unpublished…
I thought it was time to bundle all the potholders in one single PDF book, which you can now purchase on Annie’s Catalog!
The e-book includes all the potholders that I designed so far with the exception of the very last one, the one that was published on Happily Hooked Magazine.
Tapestry Crochet Farmhouse Potholders
The free pattern of the Pig Potholder is available on the blog, while the PDF is in both my Ravelry, LoveCrafts, and Etsy stores.
Farm Life Potholder
The 7th pattern in the Farmhouse Collection went on a little tour around the web and is live on Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’.
Nana’s Kitchen Potholder
My Nana’s Kitchen Potholder was featured on happily Hooked Magazine and it is now living here on the blog too.
Christmas Tree Potholder
Best Yarn for Potholders
If you are wondering what kind of yarn to choose for your crochet potholder, the answer is easy. Cotton! But also wool, even though wool would be even better if it is felted. Moreover, felted wool is also flame-retardant.
The idea is that your potholder will have to withstand quite high temperatures in the kitchen, so you don’t want to use some material that will kind of melt in contact with a hot pan or pot. This is why you absolutely want to avoid synthetic yarns as they might actually melt with the high temperatures.
My number one yarn recommendation for my Farmhouse Collection is Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.
The reason why I recommend Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK is that I use it for most of my potholders and I know that it gives awesome results when working tapestry crochet, and when using the potholder!
Moreover, the color choice is huge. Check it out for yourself here!
A Compact Potholder, No Holes!
When I think of a crochet potholder, I often think of something very cute and colorful but also not so handy to use. You know, something that you hang on your kitchen wall and never actually use.
Well, I did not want my potholders to be just for display, I actually want to use them. In other words, I wanted them to be cute but above all functional.
This is why I designed all the potholders in my Farmhouse Collection using tapestry crochet. In other words, I created a very compact texture. This way, you can use the potholder without having to fold it a thousand times just not get burned. Moreover, the thickness of the potholder is not such to make you feel like a dodo trying to hold a hot pot.
What is Tapestry Crochet?
Tapestry crochet is a fairly simple technique that allows you to create beautiful crochet color works. The basic idea is to work with at least two colors and carry the unused color inside your stitches. Once you need the new color, you just switch the working yarn with the yarn that you were carrying in your stitches, and keep crocheting!
Tapestry crochet is usually done in single crochet, but half double and double crochet are also often used. Because of the use of very simple stitches, tapestry crochet is an accessible technique also for crochet beginners.
With this technique, you can ideally draw and crochet whatever picture you want as long as your work dimensions allow you. A bit like the screen of a computer or television, a tapestry crochet work will be something like a pixelated canvas that you can color your own way. Each stitch will be one of your pixels!
For my Tapestry Crochet Farmhouse Potholders, I set my pixels at 45 by 45 and worked all of them in single crochet.
Color Changes in Tapestry Crochet
For a nice result in tapestry crochet, it is important to change colors in the proper way.
To help you figure out what is the best way to change colors in tapestry crochet, I created this free tutorial on the blog. The tutorial also includes a little trick for a better color change when working on the wrong side!
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