Stitchin’ for the Kitchen

Beautiful Vintage Climbing Trellis Potholder!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.

Beautiful Vintage Climbing Trellis Potholders!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.

Beautiful Vintage Climbing Trellis PotholdersThey’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.

Floral SeperatorTo make a solid hexagon for the backside of the design motif:

Beautiful Vintage Climbing Trellis Potholders

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.

Floral Seperator

Beautiful Vintage Climbing Trellis Potholders Grandma would be proud. ♥




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  1. Posted January 23, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    These make me so happy!

  2. lisalynn
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    :LOve it !!
    I am a huge Apron girl too.. I love to sew them also .
    & super love the vintage potholders !!
    my sweet mom passed away this past may at 87 yr young..
    she left journals from the 1940’s through her last days :-)
    & Lots of patterns for many crafts . today I found a bunch of crochet booklets from 1948 !! & the exact pattern you show was in one of them:_) how fun it that ?! since the booklets are a bit worse for wear, a couple of the patterns I wanted to try were not in the book.. rats !

    just wanted to say how lovely your dil was to sew this for you & how nice you were to share this pattern with us.

    God Bless.. lisalynn
    PS, I say we revive calling pillow cases , pillow slips.. just sounds more romantic some how :-)

    • Mom
      Posted January 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Oh Lisalynn! How lucky are you to have the booklets and journals from your Mom. :-) Sooo cool. I agree on calling pillow cases pillow slips. I also hope our children and Grandchildren will remember our ways, sayings and things as fondly as we do those special things from our Moms and Grandma’s! ♥

  3. Posted January 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    These are so very pretty! I think I might have to make some myself. Thank you for sharing the pictures and the pattern for the backs.

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