Tapestry Crochet Squirrel Potholder – Free Pattern

While I craft my way out of winter and cold snows, the number of potholder patterns in my Farmhouse Collection seems to be growing fast! The latest addition to the collection is this Tapestry Crochet Squirrel Potholder.

I’ve had the idea of making a squirrel for a while but I was not entirely sure it would be in theme. The question is real, would you consider a squirrel part of a farmhouse?

However, a few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a nice lady asking if, by any chance, I happened to have a squirrel potholder.

I couldn’t have had a better motivation to get to work and make a cute little squirrel for the collection!

Make sure to check all the patterns of my Farmhouse Collection and if you cannot find your favorite animal, make sure to drop me an e-mail with your request!

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Tapestry Crochet Squirrel Potholder - Free Crochet Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

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

SPECIAL STITCHES

Picot Stitch (Picot)
Ch 3, sl st in the back bump of the first made ch.

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.
Tapestry Crochet Squirrel Potholder - Free Crochet Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

Tapestry Crochet Squirrel Potholder – Pattern

(CC1) Ch 46.

Row 1 (RS). Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (45 sts)

Row 2 (WS). Ch 1 (counts as st here and in the rest of the pattern, so sk the first st from the previous row), sc in each st across, turn. (1 ch, 44 sc)

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 4-5. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 44, turn.

Row 6. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 10, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 17, (CC1) sc 14, turn.

Row 7. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 11, (CC2) sc 10, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 7 turn.

Row 8. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2)

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

Row 9. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 10, (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 10. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 16, (CC1) sc 10, turn.

Row 11. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 17, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

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

Row 13. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 17, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 14. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 17, (CC1) sc 7, turn.

Row 15. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 10, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 16. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 17. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 7, turn.

Row 18. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 13, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 19. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 10, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 10, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 20. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 12, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 21. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 6, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 13, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 22. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 14, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 23. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 11, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 11, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 24. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 12, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 12, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 25. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 13, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 16, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 26. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 8, (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 13, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 27. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 9, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 9, turn.

Row 28. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 14, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 29. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 6, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 13, (CC1) sc 10, turn.

Row 30. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 10, (CC2) sc 12, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 31. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, [(CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 1] twice, (CC2) sc 11, (CC1) sc 12, turn.

Row 32. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 12, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 4, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 33. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 5, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 1, [(CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 1] twice, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 10, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 34. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 12, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 3, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 16, (CC1) sc 5, turn.

Row 35. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 16, (CC1) sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 14, turn.

Row 36. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 23, (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 6, turn.

Row 37. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 5, (CC2) sc 14, (CC1) sc 25, turn.

Row 38. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 1, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 22, (CC2) sc 13, (CC1) sc 4, (CC2) sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, turn.

Row 39. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 11, (CC1) sc 26, turn.

Row 40. Ch 1, (CC1) sc 27, (CC2) sc 7, (CC1) sc 10, 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. Still carrying CC2, repeat Row 2 .

Border

After row 45, both CC1 and CC2 are at the left, top corner of your potholder (if you are right-handed, or the right corner if you are left-handed).

Round 1. With CC1 (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 1 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. (45 sts on each side and 1 ch at the corners)

Round 2. Pick up CC2 in the first sc of round 1 (RS facing), sc 2, [picot 3 times, FLO sl st in the last sc, sc 5] 8 times, picot 3 times, FLO sl st in the last sc, sc 2.
At the corner, [sc 1, ch 1, sc 1] all in the ch-1 corner.

On the bottom side, sc 45.
Work the next corner with a [sc 1, ch 1, sc 1] all in the ch-1 corner.
Sc 2, [picot 3 times, FLO sl st in the last sc, sc 5] 8 times, picot 3 times, FLO sl st in the last sc, sc 2.
At the corner, [sc 1, ch 1, sc 1] all in the ch-1 corner.

On the top side, sc 22, sl st into the next st.
For the hanging loop, ch 20 and sl st back into the same st. Ch 1 and turn your work, sc 25 inside the loop, sl st back into the same st.

Turn your work to the RS, sc 22 to complete the top side.
Join the round with a sl st. (47 sts on each side and 1 ch at the corners)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

YOUR TAPESTRY CROCHET Squirrel POTHOLDER IS READY!

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11 thoughts on “Tapestry Crochet Squirrel Potholder – Free Pattern”

  1. Thank you for another cute addition to your Farmhouse collection of potholders! I’m making for my “budding chef” granddaughters.
    Thank you, too, for your clarity and examples in your instructions. They are oh-so-helpful when trying to stretch one’s abilities.
    Stay well. Congratulations on your new web design though I found your prior design most acceptable😊.

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  2. I love your designs so much. I am a bit confused. I just made the squirrel pattern. I used the yarn you suggested. The Potholder seems very thin to me. Is this supposed to be 2 layered? I don’t make potholders, so maybe I’m missing something in the directions. Rightside/wrongside. And the directions for the edging, “Picot 3 times, Front Loop Only, Slip Stitch in the last sc” part to be exact is confusing. when I do it how I think the decorations are reading, it doesn’t look right to me. I do really well with video explaination versus written with pictures. Do you have any videos that would explain things a little better? Or maybe you know of other peoples video on Youtube that would explain how all this works.

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    • Hi Kathy,
      Thank you so much for your message.
      So, the potholder is kind of thin. When I want to make it thicker, I normally add some cotton fabric on the back. But most of the time, I just use these potholders like they are. The tapestry fabric is very solid, so there is no risk of getting burned.
      For the border, I am sorry, I don’t have a video. The slip stitch in the front loop is to kind of anchor the 3 picots.
      Anyhow, if this border doesn’t work well for you, maybe you could try any other border from the other Farmhouse Portholders 🙂 You can find them all in one place here https://raffamusadesigns.com/quick-and-easy-crochet-borders-edgings/
      I hope this helped 🙂
      Best,
      Raffaella

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  3. Thank you! I’ve been crocheting for 50+ years and had yet to see a squirrel crochet pattern!!
    I Love them! This will make a great gift for a few fellow fans.
    Thank you again!

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