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Tapestry Crochet Farm Life Potholder

Date
Jun, 04, 2020

Hi folks!

Today’s pattern is a tapestry crochet farm life crochet potholder and it is very near and dear to my heart.

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All images courtesy of Raffamusa Designs

For those of you who don’t know, I live on a “mini-farm” with lots of chickens, ducks, geese, a goat, and even a few horses in the neighboring pastures.

So, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to bring you my second guest designer, Raffaella Tassoni of Raffamusa Designs who has an AMAZING tapestry crochet potholder collection and is sharing her latest potholder pattern with us!


Hello,

This is Raffaella. I know, such a long name, but you can call me Raffa! I am the creator and blogger behind Raffamusa Designs.

Here are three quick things about me. I am Italian, I work as a scientist, and I am a true crochet addict! I enjoy creating all sorts of things, but home décor has got my heart.

Today, I am so excited to share with you one of my home décor projects, the Tapestry Crochet Farm Life Potholder.

Farmhouse Collection

Image courtesy of Raffamusa Designs

I particularly love this pattern because it is the latest addition to my Farmhouse Collection of tapestry crochet potholders.

This collection has been taking shape over the past year or so, and now counts 7 different farmhouse-themed potholders.

You can take a look at all my Farmhouse potholders in this blog post:

Before moving on to the pattern of the Farm Life Potholder, here are some things to keep in mind.


What’s the Best Yarn for Potholders?

In general, natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, are the best choice for potholders. Avoid any synthetic yarns, such as acrylic or polyamide, because they are not heat resistant and could actually melt in contact with very hot pots.

Construction

The Farm Life potholder is crocheted bottom-up. At the end of each row, you turn your work to crochet the next series of stitches. This means that there is a good and a wrong side to your potholder!

The border is added at the end, and it consists of two rounds all around the potholder edges.

Techniques

Even though the completion of this potholder does not require advanced skills, it still uses a couple of techniques that might be a bit challenging for crochet beginners.

  • Foundation Row – You will need to crochet a single crochet foundation row to start your project. If you do not know how to crochet a foundation row, don’t panic! It might need some practice but you can totally learn it. Check out: 9 Must-Know Steps for Crochet Beginners, step two demonstrates how to crochet a foundation row. 
  • Tapestry Crochet – For a good result with tapestry crochet projects and with this one in particular, there are two things to watch out for. The first one is your crochet tension. Make sure that you keep your tension the same throughout the pattern, and avoid pulling your non-working yarn too hard when switching colors. The second thing is color change. Make sure to close every final stitch in one color-series with the yarn in the next color. If you would like to read more about how to change color in tapestry crochet, you can take a look at this free tutorial. The tutorial also includes a little trick for a better color change when working on the wrong side!

Instructions

**THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PATTERN.  Please see Raffamusa Design’s Copyright Statement for details.

Image courtesy of Raffamusa Designs

This post only includes written instructions.

If you prefer crocheting from a chart, you can find one in the downloadable PDF pattern.

You can purchase your copy of the Farm Life Potholder pattern here:


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Materials

– 3.5-mm (E-4 USA, 9 UK) Crochet Hook

– Approximately 32 g of DK/Light 3 Cotton yarn (15 wpi) in two contrasting colors. I will refer to them as main color (M) and secondary color (S).

– Tapestry Needle

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single Crochet

Sk – Skip

Sl St – Slip Stitch

St – Stitch

Yo – Yarn Over

Special Stitches

Puff Stitch (Puff St)

(Yo, insert your hook into the indicated st and pull up a loop to the level of your work) three times. You should have 7 loops on your hook. Yo, pull through all 7 loops.

Finished Dimensions

The finished Tapestry Crochet Farm Life Potholder is a square with a side of approximately 8” (20 cm).

Gauge

22 sc for 22 rows in 4” (10 cm) worked in tapestry crochet.

How to Read the Pattern

  • (…) – Repeat the instructions within brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • If the pattern says “5 sc”, it means that you have to make one single crochet in each of the next 5 stitches.

Pattern Notes

  • At the end of each row, you turn your work to crochet the next series of sts.
  • The starting ch 1 counts as your first stitch and is always made with the main color.
  • The right side is determined after row 3, which is crocheted on the right side.
  • All uneven rows are crocheted with the right side up, while the even-numbered rows are crocheted on the wrong side.
  • Throughout the pattern with the exception of the border, the stitch count is always 45 sts.

Pattern

1. Using the yarn in the main color (M), make a foundation row of 45 chainless sc sts.

2. Ch 1, sc in each st to the end.

3. Ch 1 and join the secondary color (S). Make 1 sc with M, (1 sc with S, 4 sc with M) eight times, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

4-5. Ch 1, 44 sc with M.

6. Ch 1, 11 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 18 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 9 sc with M.

7. Ch 1, 7 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 16 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 11 sc with M.

8. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 7 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 14 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

9. Ch 1, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 12 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 7 sc with M.

10. Ch 1, 7 sc with M, 1 sc with S, (1 sc with M, 3 sc with S) twice, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 8 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, (3 sc with S, 1 sc with M) twice, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M.

11. Ch 1, 4 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 8 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 5 sc with S, (1 sc with M, 2 sc with S) twice, 5 sc with M.

12. Ch 1, 5 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 8 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

13. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 7 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 9 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 7 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

14. Ch 1, 5 sc with M, 4 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 10 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 5 sc with M.

15. Ch 1, 4 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 11 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 4 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

16. Ch 1, 5 sc with M, 14 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 15 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

17. Ch 1, 6 sc with M, 17 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

18. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 14 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 8 sc with M, 6 sc with S, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

19. Ch 1, 13 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 8 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

20. Ch 1, 5 sc with M, 14 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 7 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 14 sc with M.

21. Ch 1, 14 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

22. Ch 1, 20 sc with M, 8 sc with S, 16 sc with M.

23. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 14 sc with M, 7 sc with S, 18 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

24-25. Ch 1, 44 sc with M.

26. Ch 1, 9 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 6 sc with S, (1 sc with M, 3 sc with S) twice, 4 sc with M, 6 sc with S, 5 sc with M.

27. Ch 1, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 9 sc with M.

28. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, (6 sc with M, 1 sc with S) twice, 2 sc with M.

29. Ch 1, 6 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 7 sc with S, 7 sc with M.

30. Ch 1, 5 sc with M, 9 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 9 sc with M.

31. Ch 1, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, (3 sc with M, 1 sc with S) twice, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 4 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 4 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

32. Ch 1, 6 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 3 sc with S, (1 sc with M, 6 sc with S) twice, 5 sc with M.

33. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 39 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

34. Ch 1, 5 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 9 sc with M.

35. Ch 1, 9 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 1 sc with M, (1 sc with S, 3 sc with M) twice, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 7 sc with M.

36. Ch 1, 6 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 10 sc with M.

37. Ch 1, 9 sc with M, (1 sc with S, 2 sc with M) twice, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, (3 sc with M, 1 sc with S) twice, 3 sc with M, 3 sc with S, 7 sc with M.

38. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 1 sc with S, (3 sc with M, 1 sc with S) three times, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, (1 sc with M, 1 sc with S) three times, 7 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

39. Ch 1, 9 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 1 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 2 sc with S, 6 sc with M.

40. Ch 1, 4 sc with M, 7 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 4 sc with M, 5 sc with S, 3 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 5 sc with M, 1 sc with S, 10 sc with M.

41-42. Ch 1, 44 sc with M.

43. Ch 1, 1 sc with M, (1 sc with S, 4 sc with M) eight times, 1 sc with S, 2 sc with M.

44-45. Ch 1, 44 sc with M.

Crochet Potholder Edging

At the end of row 45, you should have both M and S at the left, top corner of your potholder. To crochet the edging, you are going to stitch two rounds all around the potholder starting with the left side. Remember to keep the right side facing up.

At round 2, once you reach the top, right corner, you’ll make the hanging loop and then finish crocheting the edge along the top side.

Round 1.  With S, sc evenly all around the crochet potholder. At the corners, sc one in the last st of the side, ch 1 and sc in the first st of the next side. You should have 45 sts on each side and 1 ch at each one of the corners.

Round 2.  Pick up the yarn M in the first st of the left side. *Ch 3, 1 puff into the next st, ch 1, sk the next 2 sts, sl st into the next st, ch 3, sl st into the next st. Repeat from * other 7 times. Ch 3, 1 puff into the next st, ch 1, sk the next 2 sts, sl st into the next st.

In the corner, (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the ch-1 space from the previous round. 45 sc on the bottom side of the potholder. In the corner, (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the ch-1 space from the previous round. 

Sl st into the first st of the right side. Repeat the instructions for the side described above. In the corner, (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the ch-1 space from the previous round. 45 sc on the top side of the potholder.

Hanging Loop

Sc into the next corner (left, top corner), ch 20 and sl st back into the same ch-1 corner space. Make 25 sc inside the loop that you just formed and sl st back into the same corner space.

Sl st into the first st of round 2.

Tie off. Weave in ends.

Your Farm Life Potholder is now ready!


About the Designer:

My name is Raffaella and I am the crocheter and blogger behind raffamusadesigns.com. I am an Italian expat living in The Netherlands. I arrived in this beautiful country about 7 years ago to pursue a PhD in biochemistry, and now I continue to live here and work as a scientist.

I discovered crochet towards the end of my PhD as a way to relax during the very stressful time of wrapping up lab experiments and writing my dissertation. To be completely honest, when I went to the store to buy craft supplies, I wanted to get threads and needles for cross stitching, which I did a lot back home. However, I somehow ended up buying a crochet hook and a ball of yarn instead. I had never crocheted before and I had no idea where to start. A few YouTube videos and much frogging later, I had made my first scarf and I never stopped crocheting since!

I started raffamusadesigns.com about one year ago to share my crochet creations and hopefully create a stress-free corner on the web. So, please, feel free to stop by, relax a bit and stitch something together!


Isn’t Raffaella’s newest potholder simply fabulous? I absolutely want her entire collection!

I wasn’t raised a farm girl, but the country life and these Farmhouse potholders have really grabbed a hold of my heart!

If you love Raffamusa Design’s farm life potholder as much as I do then be sure to share your make on social media using #raffamusadesigns and #itchinforsomestitchin 😃


Check Out These Other Patterns I LOVE!

  1. Tunisian Crochet Tresca Potholder by Raffamusa Designs /  2. Spring Gingham Placemats / 3.  Danny’s Velvety Dream Pillow

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I'm a full time homemaker who loves to crochet, knit, quilt, and sew. I have the best fiancé in the world, four beautiful step-daughters-to-be, an amazing new little baby boy, and six wonderful dogs, who love to keep me on my toes. Life is sweet!

4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Raffaella Tassoni

    June 21, 2020

    Hi Amanda,

    I am so excited that you’re working on this pattern!

    To keep your stitch count correct, all you have to do is to skip the very first st because the ch 1 that you make at the beginning of every row counts as your first st. This means that when you’ll be crocheting the next row, you have to make sure to crochet into that one ch otherwise your rows will start getting shorter and shorter.

    With tapestry crochet, it is always better to carry the second strand of yarn even in rows where you’re only using one color. This will avoid distortions and uneven tension in your finished piece.
    Also, when turning your work at the end of one row/beginning of the next row, make sure to pass your unused color on the back of your work when you are crocheting on the right side, and on the front of your work when you are crocheting on the wrong side. Otherwise, you’d see the second color peeking through at the beginning of some rows on the right side, which is what you’re seeing right now if I understood correctly.
    Also, to avoid seeing the carried yarn in between stitches, pull it gently every now and then, but don’t pull too hard otherwise you’ll shrink your work. And make sure to crochet quite tight so that the second color is well hidden inside your stitches!

    I hope all this made sense and answered your question.
    Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions 🙂 You can drop me an e-mail at [email protected]

    Have a nice Sunday,
    Raffaella

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      June 21, 2020

      Hi Raffaella,

      Thanks so much for answering this question for us. This is such an amazing pattern! I know tons of people will be working it and we appreciate that you are here to help us along. 🙂

      Sincerely,

      RaeLynn

  2. Reply

    Amanda

    June 20, 2020

    Hi!! So excited to get started! I have a couple questions. Do you carry the (s) yarn each row, even through 4-5?
    Since the beginning ch-less sc is 45, then you ch 1 and turn, makes it 46, the stitch count is to be 45, but in row 4&5 you are only doing 44 sc, where am i skipping or is the count off? I cant get past these rows with the numbers right and the (s) color lining up. Help!

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      June 20, 2020

      Hi Amanda,

      I have contacted Raffaella on your behalf with this question. She will either join in here and answer your question or I will supply her response once I hear back from her.

      Best wishes,

      RaeLynn

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