Posted by Jane Lake
The classic square pot holder is well represented here, in this free pattern from Coats and Clark’s New Quick Tricks to Crochet and Knit, published in 1953.
The yellow thread suggested in the original pattern is discontinued, but a recommended modern substitute would be a good quality, Size 3, mercerized cotton thread such as Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Cotton, Size 3 in a color of your choosing.
Square Pot Holder S-604
» COATS & CLARK’s O.N.T. “SPEED-CRO-SHEEN” MERCERIZED COTTON, Art. C. 44: 2 balls of No. 10-A Canary Yellow.
» Milwards Steel Crochet Hook: No. 2/0 (double zero).
Editor’s Note: In metric terms, this is equivalent to a 3.5mm hook.
» A bone ring.
GAUGE: 5 sts make 1 inch; 5 rows make 1 inch
Starting at bottom, make a chain 7 inches long.
1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across until row measures 6 inches, having an uneven number of sc. Cut off remaining chain. Ch. 1, turn.
2nd and 3rd rows: Sc in each sc across.
4th row: Sc in first sc, * insert hook in base of next sc 2 rows below and draw loop through to height of row in work, thread over and draw through both loops on hook (long sc made), sc in next sc. Repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn.
5th row: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.
6th row: Make a long sc in first sc 2 rows below. * sc in next sc, make a long sc in next sc. Repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn.
7th row: Repeat 5th row. Repeat 4th to 7th rows incl until piece is square, ending with 4th row. Break off. Make another piece the same way.
BORDER…1st rnd: With wrong sides facing and working through both thicknesses, attach thread to any corner, 3 sc in same place, sc closely around, making 3 sc in each corner. Join.
2nd and 3 rnds: Sc in each sc around, making 3 sc in center sc of each corner. Join. Break off at end of 3rd rnd. Sc closely around bone ring. Sew in place.