My Daughter in Law Emily sewed the sweetest vintage apron for me this year . When she asked what I might like for Christmas, it was one of the first things that came to my mind. I love aprons. Love how they look hanging up on hooks in the kitchen, love the vintage style of them and not just for decoration – both practical and pretty, I actually wear them regularly! Another love of mine is crocheted potholders. They remind me of my maternal Grandma and her sisters. Their homes were filled with handmade items: doilies, hand embroidered lace edged pillow cases, pillow slips my Grandma called them, and whimsical crocheted potholders – pantaloons! scotty dogs! Even the bottles of dish soap wore lacey little pinafores.
So inspired by my pretty new apron, I wanted to make some potholders in similar colors. I found this Vintage Climbing Trellis potholder pattern from Alipyper that she reverse engineered from a potholder she inherited from her own Grandma. This is a great scrap basket pattern. I pulled out my basket of sport weight cotton and no matter what colors I put together, it seemed that each one turned out prettier than the last.
They’re addictive too – I kept wanting to try just one more color combination! To make them thick enough to protect against hot pans, I crocheted a solid hexagon to back the design with, then single crocheted them together along the edge. It was fun deciding on what color the solid hexagon should be since it peeked through all the holes in the design, making a pretty contrast.
To make a solid hexagon for the backside of the design motif:
ch 5, join in round
ch 3, 23 dc’s in ring. Join to first ch 3 with slip stitch
ch 3, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 2, [4 dc, ch 2] 5 times. Join with slip stitch to first ch 3.
ch 3, *dc in each dc up to next ch 2 space. dc, ch 2, dc in ch 2 sp. Repeat from * to end of round. Join with sl st to first ch 3.
ch 3, *dc in each dc up to next ch 2 space. dc, ch 2, dc in ch 2 sp. Repeat from * to complete last ch 2 space. Then dc in each dc until you reach 1st ch 3. Join with slip stitch to finish round.
Continue adding rounds until your solid hexagon is one round less in size than the design motif.
For the final round: ch 3, *dc in each dc up to next ch 2 space. 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 sp. Repeat from * to complete last ch 2 space. Then dc in each dc until you reach 1st ch 3. Join with slip stitch to finish round.
With wrong sides together, single crochet solid hexagon to design motif.