Swirling Leaves Potholder – Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern

The tapestry crochet Swirling Leaves Potholder is the September for my A Year of Potholders collection.

Tapestry Crochet Swirling Leaves Potholder - Raffamusa Designs

August is almost over and after this extremely hot summer, I’m so looking forward to the cozy vibes of Fall.

Even thoguh September is not technically Autumn yet, the leaves are already turning orange over here. Moreover, a chill wind has been making the past few nights much more comfortable for my couch & crochet sessions.

So, everything seems to tell me that it’s time to start prepping for Autumn!

For this potholder, I used Aran-weight cotton yarn and tapestry crochet to make a thick and solid hot pad. The fabric of this potholder really doesn’t have any holes, making cooking and baking super safe!

Tapestry Crochet Swirling Leaves Potholder - Raffamusa Designs

A YEAR OF POTHOLDERS

For 2022, I’ve been sharing one or two tapestry crochet potholders for each month of the year.

The idea is to create a sort of crochet calendar, and refresh your kitchen decor with a new design each month!

A Year of Tapestry Crochet Potholders - Free Patterns - Raffamusa Designs

Keep in mind that the free patterns here on the blog will only have the written instructions, while the PDF and ebook have both written instructions and color charts!

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Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern - Swirling Leaves Potholder - Raffamusa Designs

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MATERIALS

  • 3.5-mm (E/4 USA, 9 UK) Hook
  • Aran (4, Medium) Weight Cotton Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle

YARN & YARDAGE

I used GB Wolle Schulgarn, 100% Cotton (50 g, ~95 yds / 87 m) in the following colors and amounts:

  • A – Natural (1440) – 29.5 yds / 27 m
  • B – Green (4922) – 32 yds / 29 m

YARN SUBSTITUTIONS

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

TAPESTRY CROCHET & INVISIBLE COLOR CHANGES

Or watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel HERE.

Just keep in mind that while in the video I do consider the initial ch-1 as my first st, for this pattern, the first chain does NOT count as a stitch!

SIZE

6.2” (15.7 cm) by 6.3” (16 cm).

GAUGE

22.5 sc for 21 rows in 4” (10 cm) worked in tapestry crochet.

PATTERN NOTES

  • The pattern is written in 2 sections. The Potholder is worked in rows, the Border in rounds.
  • The potholder is worked entirely in sc.
  • If the pattern says “(A) 5”, it means that you need to sc 1 in each of next 5 sts using color A.
  • At the end of each row, ch 1 and turn.
  • The initial ch 1 does NOT count as a st.
  • All odd-numbered rows are crocheted on the right side. All even-numbered rows are crocheted on the wrong side.
  • (…) – Repeat the instructions within brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • With the exception of the border, the stitch count is always 34 sts.
  • The color chart of the potholder can be found in the PDF pattern.

Swirling Leaves Hot Pad – FREE TAPESTRY CROCHET PATTERN

POTHOLDER

(A) Ch 35.

← Row 1 (RS). (Crochet from second ch from your hook) (A) 21, (B) 1, (A) 3, (B) 2, (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 4. (34 sts)

→ Row 2 (WS). (A) 3, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 27.

← Row 3 (RS). (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 6, (B) 10, (A) 8, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 2, (A) 2.

→ Row 4 (WS). (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 3, (A) 4, (B) 15, (A) 7.

← Row 5 (RS). (A) 6, (B) 17, (A) 2, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 2.

→ Row 6 (WS). [(A) 2, (B) 1] twice, (A) 1, (B) 3, (A) 4, (B) 3, (A) 2, (B) 9, (A) 6.

← Row 7 (RS). (A) 5, (B) 7, (A) 3, (B) 4, (A) 4, (B) 3, (A) 1, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 3.

→ Row 8 (WS). (A) 3, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 3, (A) 4, (B) 5, (A) 3, (B) 5, (A) 5.

← Row 9 (RS). (A) 4, (B) 4, (A) 2, (B) 7, (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 3, (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 4.

→ Row 10 (WS). (A) 4, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 2, (A) 6, (B) 7, (A) 3, (B) 2, (A) 4.

← Row 11 (RS). (A) 3, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 8, (A) 7, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 2, (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 3, (B) 1, (A) 1.

→ Row 12 (WS). (A) 5, (B) 1, (A) 3, (B) 4, (A) 8, (B) 10, (A) 3.

← Row 13 (RS). (A) 3, (B) 8, (A) 10, (B) 2, (A) 4, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 2, (A) 2.

→ Row 14 (WS). (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 5, (B) 1, (A) 2, (B) 2, (A) 13, (B) 2, (A) 2.

← Row 15 (RS). (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 14, (B) 1, (A) 9, (B) 1, (A) 5, (B) 1, (A) 1.

→ Row 16 (WS). (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 5, (B) 1, (A) 9, (B) 1, (A) 1, (B) 6, (A) 7, (B) 1, (A) 1.

← Row 17 (RS). (A) 6, (B) 10, (A) 6, (B) 1, (A) 3, (B) 1, (A) 4, (B) 1, (A) 2.

→ Row 18 (WS). (A) 2, (B) 5, (A) 10, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 9, (A) 5.

← Row 19 (RS). (A) 4, (B) 9, (A) 1, (B) 3, (A) 17.

→ Row 20 (WS). (A) 7, (B) 5, (A) 5, (B) 3, (A) 1, (B) 10, (A) 3.

← Row 21 (RS). (A) 3, (B) 9, (A) 1, (B) 4, (A) 3, (B) 9, (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 2.

→ Row 22 (WS). (A) 4, (B) 11, (A) 3, (B) 3, (A) 3, (B) 8, (A) 2.

← Row 23 (RS). (A) 2, (B) 5, (A) 3, (B) 6, (A) 2, (B) 4, (A) 3, (B) 6, (A) 3.

→ Row 24 (WS). (A) 3, (B) 4, (A) 2, (B) 8, (A) 2, (B) 7, (A) 3, (B) 3, (A) 2.

← Row 25 (RS). (A) 1, (B) 3, (A) 1, (B) 10, (A) 5, (B) 6, (A) 2, (B) 3, (A) 3.

→ Row 26 (WS). (A) 3, (B) 2, (A) 1, (B) 6, (A) 8, (B) 13, (A) 1.

← Row 27 (RS). (A) 1, (B) 4, (A) 3, (B) 4, (A) 11, (B) 7, (A) 4.

→ Row 28 (WS). (A) 3, (B) 1, (A) 1, (B) 4, (A) 8, (B) 3, (A) 11, (B) 2, (A) 1.

← Row 29 (RS). (A) 1, (B) 1, (A) 4, (B) 1, (A) 6, (B) 6, (A) 11, (B) 1, (A) 3.

→ Row 30 (WS). (A) 2, (B) 1, (A) 14, (B) 4, (A) 11, (B) 1, (A) 1.

← Row 31 (RS). (A) 12, (B) 1, (A) 10, (B) 1, (A) 7, (B) 1, (A) 2.

→ Row 32 (WS). (A) 34.

Border

After row 32, you are still facing the WS and both A and B are at the left, top corner (if you are right-handed, or the right corner if you are left-handed).

Fasten off B.

With A, ch 1, and turn (RS). Now, yarn is at the right, top corner on the RS (or left, top corner if you are left-handed)!

Round 1 (RS). Sc 34 on the top side of the potholder. At the corner, ch 1, and start working on next side. Sc 32 on the left side, ch 1, sc 34 on the bottom, ch 1, sc 32 on the right side of the potholder. Ch 1, and join the round with a sl st into the first st. (32 sts on top and bottom, 34 sts on left and right sides, 1 ch at each corner).

Hanging Loop. Ch 1, turn (WS). Ch 14 (15 chs in total). Sl st into next st of the border to form a loop. Ch 1, turn (RS). Sc 18 inside the loop you just created.

Fasten off, and weave in all your ends.

YOUR TAPESTRY CROCHET Swirling Leaves POTHOLDER IS READY!

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