In my desperation to have a decent potholder I just whipped up a few last week. they really don't have to be a trick.
so even though these aren't the most gorgeous potholders, (although I do like the brown with purples and green...) they are super bulky and are very good at protecting my hands.
they are very simple to make too.
simple-ish pattern... once you have the basic idea down, then you can improvise the pattern just fine.
Notes: at the end of each dc increase row you may end up with one less stitch than you think you should be at. to explain... the chain 3 is going to be counted as a dc. it will also be counted as your last stitch and not the first. so when you have an increase row of 2dc, dc, 2dc - you will end with a dc. the next row would go 2dc, dc in 2, 2dc, dc in 2 until the end when you will 2dc, dc in one, join.
just count your stitches. to be sure...
you can do this one color or as many as you want.
( I apologize for any errors there may be in this free pattern.... but it is more to give you an idea. I hope that this will be helpful for you)
pattern is not an exact replication of the holders shown... but it will make a nice, useful holder.
row 1: magic circle, chain 3, dc 11, join with slip stitch
row 2: chain 3, 2 dc in each stitch so you have 24 stitches, join
row 3: sc in each stitch, join
row 4: chain 3, *2 dc in next, dc in the next* , repeat from * *until until you reach the end and have 36 stitches join
row 5: sc in each, join
row 6: chain 3,*2 dc in next, dc in the next two stitches*, repeat * *until you reach end and have 48 stitches, join
row 7: sc in each color, join
row 8: chain 3, 2 dc, dc in the next three, repeat to the end and have 50 stitches, join
row 9: sc in each, join
row 10: chain 3, *2 dc, dc in next 4*, repeat * * 62 stitches
row 11: sc in each, join
row 12: chain 3, *2 dc, dc in next 5* repeat * * until you have 74
weave in your ends and hold your two halves back to back.
join yarn and here is where you can have more or less fun....
you can shell stitch them together, or just slip stitch them together. for these I single crocheted them together.
hook through stitches on both holder halves at the same time and sc (or slip stitch or what ever) all the way to the end.
I put a loop on these. before you join at the end, chain 8 and slip stitch in the next stitch. in the loop you just made, crochet 16 single crochet in that loop space. slip stitch in space and finish off.
weave in ends and you are done :)