I love so many of the wonderful things that I see online and in pattern books that I am always starting new projects and seem to have 5 or more in progress, sometimes when you are working on larger projects it’s nice to break up the monotony with smaller fun projects here and there.
I was recently looking through my all time favorite resource for stitches “The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert” and I found the most beautiful stitch called the Larkstich.
I decided to work up a potholder from it and was so happy with the first one that I made 2 more in brighter colors. My mother recently sent me some beautifully vibrant yarn from Mexico. I hope you will try it out, I’m sure that you will be just as giddy as I was at how beautiful this pattern is. I also think that it would make a marvelous scarf or even a sweater!
This is my first photo tutorial (or any tutorial in fact) so if there’s anything that you don’t understand or think that could be written better, please let me know and happy crocheting everyone!
You can use whatever yarn you like and the appropriate hook size for that yarn. I used worsted weight yarn and a 5.00mm or “H” hook
The following is the written pattern to help with any confusion. These pattern instructions are taken right from the book mentioned above. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone as it is a very handy resource and is full of beautiful pictures and some projects to practice the stitches taught.
Special Stitch needed:
Long Double Crochet-YO (yarn over), pick up a loop in the designated space, draw loop up to the height of the current row, [ yo, draw through 2 loops on the hook] twice.
1. Use 3 colors A, B, & C. After first 6 rows, patten repeat is 4 rows alternating colors every 2 rows.
2. Colors may be carried very loosely up side of work.
3.When working the long DC, you are working in the ch-1 space 2 rows below
with A ch a multiple of 4 plus 2.
Foundation Row: With A, 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook, 1 SC in each ch across row, turn.
Row 1: with A , ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout) skip first sc, *1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, ch 1 skip 1 st, rep from * across to within last 4 sts, 1 dc in each of last 4 sts, turn
Row 2: With a, ch 3, skip first dc, * 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 1 rep from* across to within last 4 sts, 1 dc in each of last 3 dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn. Drop A. Draw B through last loop.
Row 3: With B, ch 3, skip first dc, 1 dc in next dc, * ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc next dc ** working over sts in previous row, 1 long dc in ch-1 space 2 rows below, 1 dc next dc, rep from * across ending last rep at **, 1 dc next dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 4: With B, ch 3, skip first dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch-1, *1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 1, rep from * across 1 dc next dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn. Drop B . Draw C through last loop.
Row 5: With C, ch 3, skip first dc, 1 dc in next dc, * working over sts in precious row, 1 long dc in ch-1 space 2 rows below, 1 dc in next dc **, ch 1 , skip 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, rep from * across ending last rep at **, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 6: With C, ch 3, skip first dc, * 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 1 rep from * across to within last 4 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn drop C . Draw A through last loop.
Repeat rows 3-5 for pattern, alternating colors A, B, & C, every 2 rows.
Now for the pattern for my potholder:
Row 1: single crochet in 2nd chain from the hook and in every chain across
Row2: Chain 3 and turn (this counts as the first double crochet) double crochet in the next 3 chains. *chain 1 and skip next stitch, DC in next 3 stitches* repeat 4 times
Row 3: Chain 3 and turn, repeat same pattern as row 2 across. Change to color B on last DC, do not end color a just drop yarn (this will be picked up later)
Row 4: Using color b chain 3 and turn (remember that the first chain 3 always counts as the first DC) DC 1 chain 1 and skip next stitch. DC in following stitch. The next DC is what makes this pattern so pretty it is basically a DC but you will be pulling the loop from 1 round down an pulling up a long loop then finishing as normal
DC in next stitch. You should have 3 dc’s (a regular one a long one and another regular one) continue this same pattern all the way across.
Row 5: Chain 3 turn and follow same pattern on next row using only normal dc’s. On last dc switch to color C and drop B. Remember not to end this yarn but simply drop it and pick it up later. On this row you will crochet a group of 1 DC 1 long DC and 1 DC chain 1 and skip a stitch and repeat across.
Row 6: Chain 3 turn and DC 3 chain 1 and skip stitch and repeat across
Your work should look like this and at the end of the row you will finish last DC by changing colors back to A. Basically you will repeat the pattern until you are happy with the size. For my Mexican yarn i was able to color A 3 times but with my Red Heart super saver yarn I only did 2 rows of each color so it really depends.
Since this is a potholder and I want t make sure that it is extra thick I make a basic back for it in DC. So I chain the length of the potholder and then just start making my rows of DC
Once all of the ends are weaved in I use a stitch marker to line up the stitches so that I can join the two pieces
I opted to do a simple single crochet border all the way around and at the end I create a simple loop by chaining from the top left corner and connecting it to the side of the left corner and then SC into all the loops to make it thicker.