Monday, July 2, 2012

Apple Potholder Crochet Pattern

I've decided to make my crochet pattern for Apple Potholders available.  I don't know how clear it'll be to follow, I mostly wrote it down so that I could understand it.  I wouldn't mind help making it better.

You'll need at least two colors, an off white for the apple's flesh and a apple sort of color for the skin.  Having a little bit of other colors for the seeds and leaf are a good idea.  Potholders are best made with cotton yarn because acrylic yarn will melt with heat.  You'll also need a G or H hook.  This is crocheted amigurumi style.

magic ring (or ch4 ss in first ch to form loop)

Rnd:  6sc in loop
Rnd2:  2sc in each sc (12sc)
Rnd3-4:  1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around
Rnd5:  sc, hdc, 2dc in next sc,  2hdc in next sc,  sc in next 6 sc,  hdc, 2dc in next sc, hdc, sc, then repeat the same pattern backwards (in other words sc, hdc, 2dc in next sc, hdc, sc in next 6 sc, 2hdc in next sc, 2dc in next sc, hdc, sc)
Rnd6:  sc, hdc, 2dc in next 2 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches,  hdc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, hdc, 2dc in next stitch, hdc, sc, then repeat backwards
Rnd7:  sc, hdc, 2dc in next 3 stitches, (dc, 2dc in next stitch) twice, dc in next 2 stitches, hdc in next 3 stitches,  sc in next 2 stitches, hdc, 3dc, hdc, sc, then repeat backwards
Rnd8:  sc, hdc, dc, 2dc in next 2 stitches, dc in next 2 stitches, 2dc in next 2 stitches, dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc, dc, 2dc. dc in next 8 stitches, 2dc in next 2 stitches, hdc, sc, then repeat backwards
Rnd9:  sc in next 2 stitches, hdc, dc in next 4 stitches, 2dc in next 2 stitches, dc in next 10 stitches, hdc in next 10 stitches, 3dc, hdc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, then repeat backwards
Rnd10:  sc in next 3 stitches, hdc in next 2 stitches, dc in next 2 stitches, 2dc in next 2 stitches, (dc, 2dc in next stitch)3 times, dc in next 4 stitches, hdc in next 4 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, hdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 6 stitches, 2dc in next 2 stitches, hdc, sc, then repeat backwards
ss and finish off

With black or brown sc around the posts a stitch near the middle (I suggest round 4) sc around the next post, finish off, then  repeat for the other side.

(red, yellow or green)
Do the pattern for the flesh, only on round 10 don't ss and finish off.  Instead, match it with the off-white and sc around through both pieces, then ss and finish.

With brown or green and skin side facing you, attach with a ss in last sc of skin. Chain 7 loosely, skip one then sc back down.  This is the stem.  Ss in next sc.  Chain 14 then ss in sc to make a loop.  Now, going back along the chain loop, (sc hdc dc dtc dc hdc sc) ch 2, ss in second chain, then work the group back down.  This is the leaf.  Ss in stem and finish off.

Apple will look wrinkled, but it'll flatten.  Get it slightly damp and dry it under a heavy pot to speed up the process if you wish.

To make a smaller apple, just reduce the number of rounds.  Round 8 is a pretty good place to end off early.


  1. hello i love your pattern i would love to crochet this but it is very hard to read

    1. Yes, I was worried about that. I'm guessing it gets unclear around round 5? I think I know how to make it clearer, I'll try fixing it right now. Let me know if it helps, and I'll answer any questions you have.

    2. Hi Lanea, I was making your apple today and found a few lines that need updating.
      At the end of Round 4 you should have 24 stitches going around, but then on Round 5 there are 28 stitches on your directions. I corrected this by going back to Round 4 and continuing the increase pattern to add 4 more stitches and it worked out fine.
      Then again on Round 6 you end with 40 stitches, but then Round 7 calls for 44 spaces for stitching. I ended here as my project just needed a small apple. Overall the apple looks great and I will be making another in green.

  2. Love your pattern and wanted to let you know that it was featured on my blog today at

    1. Thank you! That's a really cute collection, glad to be a part of it. :D

  3. I love your quote at the top. I also refuse to choose one star and one method of expressing myself creatively.

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  5. Hi Lanea, im having trouble with this posting so i hope it works, i was having trouble with row 5, row 4 has 27 stitches and row 5 needs 28 stitches, what do you recommend, cause this will throw the other rows off also, i love the pattern, very nice, thanks in advance, Lillian

    1. I made this pattern so long ago that I'm not sure anymore. I'll have to work it up again to fix it.

  6. I was wondering if I need to make 2 off these & sew them together or do you think one will be thick enough to put a hot pan on it. The reason I ask is because I just made a pear pot holder & it said I needed 2 of them & then I had to stitch it together I just started crocheting & this is only the 2nd pot holder I have made so I was just curious if I had to have 2 . By the way I love this pattern. Thanks

    1. I've used crocheted washcloths as potholders before in a pinch, and they were single thickness. The problem is that if you're holding something hot with them it's easier to find the holes with your fingers and the cloth heats up much faster. In other words single thickness is doable, but not safe.

  7. I came across this pattern years ago and it immediately became my favorite thing to crochet because they're the perfect shape. I've even made coasters for myself with the pattern. I was wondering if you had anything against people selling the finished product? I plan on opening an Etsy shop this year and would love to sell these potholders. I would of course link the pattern to Ravelry and this blog. I just wanted to reach out and confirm/ disaffirm whether you'd be okay with this. Thanks!

    Right now I only have a FB page up with some of my creations but I don't sell from here-