Shamrock Potholder

By Priscilla Hewitt ©2001

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Materials: green worsted weight cotton yarn

Crochet hook size G

Yarn needle

Gauge: Rounds 1-4 = about 4"

Finished size: About 6½" across

Front

Ch 4, join with a sl st in the first ch to form a ring

Round 1: Work 2 sc in the ring, (ch 3,. sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next ch, sc in the ring) 3 times; join with a sl st in the first sc. (You should have 3 "branches")

Round 2: Sl st in the next sc, *(sc in the base of the first foundation ch of the next branch, hdc in the next foundation ch of the same branch, 5 dc in the bar at the tip of the branch, working along the other side of the same branch, hdc in the next sc, sc in the next sc) sl st in the next sc that's worked in the ring* Repeat from * to * 2 times; do not join.

Round 3: Sl st in each of the next 2 sl st's, *skip next sc, sc in the next hdc, 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc, sc in the next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc, sc in the next hdc, skip next sc, sl st in the next sl st* Repeat from * to * 2 times; do not join.

Round 4: Sl st in each of the next 2 sl st's, *skip next sc, sc in the next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 3 dc, sc in the next sc, 2 dc in each of the next 3 dc, sc in the next dc, skip the next sc, sl st in the next sl st.* Repeat from * to * 2 times; do not join..

Round 5: Sl st in each of the next 2 sl st's, *skip next sc, sc in the next dc, hdc in the next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 3 dc, (dc, hdc) in the next dc, sc in the next sc, (hdc, dc) in the next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 3 dc, hdc in the next dc, sc in the next dc, skip the next sc, sl st in the next sl st.* Repeat from * to * 2 times; do not join.

Round 6: Sl st in each of the next 2 sl st's, *skip next sc, sc in the next hdc, hdc in the next dc, dc in the next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 4 dc, (dc, hdc) in the next dc, sc in the next hdc, sl st in the next sc, sc in the next hdc, (hdc, dc) in the next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 4 dc, dc in the next dc, hdc in the next dc, sc in the next hdc, skip the next sc, sl st in the next sl st.* Repeat from * to * 2 times; do not join.

Stem: Ch 13, yo insert hook in the 4th ch from hook and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, (yo insert hook in the next ch and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook) 2 times, yo and pull through all 4 remaining loops on hook, (yo, insert hook in next ch and pull up a loop) 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 remaining loops on hook, hdc in each of the remaining 5 ch's, skip next sl st on the shamrock; join with a sl st to the next sl st. Fasten off.

Back

Work as for the front through round 6. Stem: Ch 10, work 3 dc in the 4th ch from hok, 2 hdc in the next ch, hdc in each of the remaining 5 ch's, skip next sl st on the shamrock; join with a sl st to the next sl st. Fasten off.

Assembly

With wrong sides together, sc front and back together around the perimeter of the shamrock, then sl st together front and back of the stem. Thread yarn needle with yarn, sew front and back together along the sl st's between the petals to prevent the potholder from separating. Weave in all ends.

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