It’s the 4th of July, and your apple pie has just come out of the oven. Whether you’re transporting the pie to a BBQ or hosting the BBQ, you’re probably going to want a patriotic potholder for the perfect finishing touch. What? It’s July 3rd? Too late to stitch up a potholder? Nonsense. This is a very fast and easy pattern, and there’s no need to make a trip to the yarn store, just use whatever is in your stash. I dug up some red, white, and blue worsted weight yarn- all different brands- to make this.

 

The border in this pattern is from the book Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman that includes 150 new and exciting crochet borders. The one I chose for this pattern includes the leaning tower stitch. It’s quite simple.

Crochet tutorial: patriotic potholder

The Leaning Tower Stitch:

In the same stitch:

Extended Double Crochet: (edc)= yarn over (yo), insert hook into st, yo, pull up look, yo, pull through one loop, yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through final two loops

2 Double Crochets

picot-3=ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook

chain 3, sl st into the stitch

Got it? It’s easy, I promise!

 

What you’ll need:

Worsted weight yarn in three colors. For patriotism, I used red (color A), white (Color B), and blue (Color C)

J hook

 

Abbreviations and stitches:

ch=chain

dc=double crochet

sl st=slip stitch

bobble= yo, insert hook into stitch, pull through loop, *yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook into same stitch and pull through loop; repeat from * two more times, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook

crochet tutorial: patriotic potholder

Pattern:

With Color A, ch 5 and join to form a ring

Rd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in ring, ch 2 (3dc, ch 2) three times in ring, sl st in 3rd ch of starting chain 3. You should have 4 corner ch 2 spaces. Sl st to first ch-2 corner space.

Rd 2: ch 3 (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in ch-2 space, ch 1, skip next stitch, bobble in next stitch, ch 1 *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in corner, ch 1, skip next stitch, bobble in next, ch 1, repeat from * around, join to 3rd ch of starting ch 3. Sl st to corner space. Fasten off and switch to Color B

Rd 3: ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in first corner space, ch 1, bobble in ch 1 space, ch 1, bobble in next ch 1 space, ch 1, *(3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in corner space, ch 1, bobble in next 2 ch 1 spaces, ch 1, repeat from * around. Join, sl st to corner, change to color C

Rd 4: ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3 dc in first corner space, ch 1, bobble  in next 3 ch 1 spaces, *(3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in corner space, ch 1, bobble in next 3 ch 1 spaces, ch 1, repeat from * around, join, change to Color B

Rd 5: sc in each st, ch 1 space, and bobble, 3 sc in each corner space around. Add an extra sc at the end for a total of 65 sc. Slip stitch to 3rd stitch to the left of the next corner. Switch to Color A

Rd 6: With Color A, skip first two stitches. In the 3rd stitch, *Leaning Tower stitch (see above), skip two stitches, repeat from * around. Your last learning tower stitch will be in the 3rd stitch to the left of the corner, where you started.

Weave in all your ends and take that pie out of the oven before it burns. Happy 4th of July!