I have a weird obsession, um, I like things that are chickens, they amuse me and make me smile. I don’t know why. I also need something to keep me from burning my fingers when I cook. And so, I needed to make this chicken potholder. (I had to do it, I tell you!)
I made this potholder some time ago, and didn’t write down what I did. I thought it was simple enough that I would remember. I was wrong, I did not remember, at least not exactly. And black yarn is devilishly hard to see exactly what is what, so I thought it best to make it again to figure out what I did (excuse for another chicken!), this time writing it down as I went so I don’t have to go through this again.
what you need
Medium weight cotton yarn in black, white, red, yellow and turqoise or whatever color you want your flower to be. I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton, because I already have a bunch of that, all I needed to get was the black.
size F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook
These are brief directions, mostly just the notes I jotted down as I went, rather than complete, detailed, how to do each little bit like a real pattern : ) Please note a few things:
- When I say attach a new color, use a ch3 to make the first stitch, or attach with a standing stitch. This always counts as the first stitch
- All the dc’s are done in the space between clusters of dc’s unless I say otherwise : ) So attach your new color in the space between.
- Slpst to the top of the beginning ch3 or standing stitch at the end of each round
Is worked in a circle, and later folded in half.
With black, make a sliding loop, or use your favorite method of crocheting in rounds.
rnd 1: (continue with black) ch3, 11dc in loop, slpst to top of ch3. Do not end off.
rnd 2: (again in black) ch3, dc in sp between the ch3 of the previous rnd and the first st. 2dc in next sp and each sp around. (remember to slpst to the top of the first stitch or ch3, here and evermore) End off.
rnd 3: Attach white (remember to do a ch3 or standing stitch, it counts as the first stitch here and forever). 3dc in ea space between clusters, around. End off.
rnd 4: Attach black. 3dc in first sp, 4dc in next. Repeat around, end off.
rnd 5: Attach white in the space to the right of any 3dc set, ch3 for the first stitch, 2dc in same sp (3dc in the next sp. 3dc between the 2nd and 3rd dc of the 4dc set, 3dc in the next sp) Repeat what is in between the ( ) around. End off.
rnd 6: Attach black to the right of any 3dc set that is in the center of a 4dc set from rnd 4. 3dc in same space. 4dc in the next sp, 3dc in the next. (4dc in next sp, 4dc in next sp, 3dc in next) repeat around.
rnd 7: Attach white to the right of any 3dc set. 2dc in same sp, (3dc in next space, 3dc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of 4dc set, 3dc in next sp, 3dc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of next 4dc set, 3dc in next sp) repeat around
rnd 8: rnd 8 Attach black in any sp, 2dc in same sp, (3dc in next), repeat around slpst to top of first st. do not end off
Weave in all your ends.
Fold in half, continueing with black, sc in each st in the back loops only of the front and back (the inner loops of the sts). Do not end off.
Slpst in between 2dc nearest the edge of the folded half (through both halves), ch 15, turn, slpst in same sp, ch20, slpst in same sp, ch25, slpst in same sp, ch20, slpst in same sp, ch15 slpst in same sp (tail made). Do not end off
Sc in 2nd sc, (skip a stitch, 5 dc in 2nd st, skip a stitch, slpst in 2nd) repeat around. Leaving 6 sts at the end. End off.
Phew! I hope I have all that completely correct and that it is written so it can be understood correctly too! (writing patterns is hard!)
now it becomes a chicken…
Attach red in same sp that you ended the black, with a slpst. Skip a st, 5dc in next st, sk a st, slpst in next, sc in next 2 sts. Sc into the top of the folded end, through the sp between dc of the front and back. (Ch5, dc) 7 times, ch5, sc. End off..
Attach yellow in the first red st (the slpst that ends the red 5dc shell), ch 1. Yo, pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops on hook. In next st, (yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 3 times, in the next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops. Yo and pull through all loops on hook. Ch1, end off.
and prettify it a bit…
With red, make a sliding loop. Ch3 (counts as first st plus ch1), (hdc, ch1) 5 times. End off.
Attach blue with a slpst in any ch1 space, ch2, 3dc, ch2, slpst in same sp. In next ch1 sp (slpst, ch2, 3dc, ch2, slpst). Repeat in each ch1 space around, making 6 petals total. End off, weave in ends.
Here it is again, prettified with additional flowers I had laying around…although I think it is darn cute just by itself. It is on the small side, just right for me to use with my pot lids.