Cathedral Window Potholder – Free Crochet Pattern

While most needlework originated out of necessity, it flourishes out of a need to create something beautiful and a need to share that beauty with loved ones.

Judging by the great condition of many vintage potholders, I don’t think they were used in cooking that much.  Working them with crochet cotton thread makes them rather unsafe in protecting your hands from hot pans.  If you want to actually use these vintage potholder designs in cooking I highly suggest lining the inside with a store bought potholder or layers of cotton quilt batting.  Another good idea would be to set hot pans on the backside of your potholder to protect the front from scorch marks.  I have seen a few old potholders that have a cotton backing added to them that shows signs of scorching.  The front of the potholder is like new but the back shows all the ware and tear from use.

Cathedral Window Potholder

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Edited By: Maggie Weldon
Copyright 2010 Maggie Weldon

This pattern is courtesy of Marie Armatys. It was inspired by her Grandma’s Potholder.

Skill: Intermediate / Easy
Size: About 6 ½ inches diameter.
Materials: Size 10 Crochet Thread: Multicolor & Black.
Crochet Hook: Steel No. 4 (2.00 mm).

JOINING WITH SC
When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

SIDES (Make 2)
Rnd 1: (Right Side) Starting at center, with Black, ch 6; join with sl st to first ch to form ring; ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), 16 dc in ring; join with sl st to first dc. (17 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in first dc, (2 dc in next dc) around; join. (34 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), skip next dc, (dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc) around; join. (17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps) Finish off and weave in ends.
Rnd 4: With right side facing, join Multicolor with sl st to any dc of Rnd 3, ch 3, dc in same st as joining, ch 1, (2 dc in next dc, ch 1) around; join. (2 x 17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in first dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1) around; join. (3 x 17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1) around; join. (4 x 17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1) around; join. (5 x 17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1) around; join. (6 x 17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1) around; join. (7 x 17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, (dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1) around; join. (8 x 17 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, (dc, ch 1) 3 times in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, * sc in next dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, (dc, ch 1) 3 times in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * around; join with sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.

Assembly
Rnd 1: With right side facing (wrong sides together), matching shaping and working through both thicknesses, join Black with sc to ch-1 sp between sc and first dc, (sc in next dc, sc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, sc in next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp (Rnd 11), working in ch-1 sps towards center, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3) 7 times, sc in next ch-1 sp (Rnd 3), turn and working up the same ch-1 sps, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, sc in next ch-1 sp (Rnd 11), * sc in next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, (sc in next dc, sc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, sc in next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp (Rnd 11), working in ch-1 sps towards center, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3) 7 times, sc in next ch-1 sp (Rnd 3), turn and working up the same ch-1 sps, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, sc in next ch-1 sp (Rnd 11); rep from * around, sc in next sc; join with sl st to first sc.

Finish off and weave in ends.

All Rights Reserved ©2010 Maggie Weldon

Enjoy,
Maggie

Comments
  1. brenda jane

    To ya’l at Maggie’s Crochet a big Thank you for all of the beautiful patterns that you have blessed all of us with. It is really appreciated.

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