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Round, blue crocheted potholder with white plates and part of an orange potholder

K. Let’s start crocheting the wagon wheel potholder!

Front
Round 1: [Color A] make a magic ring, ch 2 (counts as dc) and dc 11 into the ring. (12)

Round 2: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around. (24)
Join with sl st but do not cut the yarn — you’ll use it again in Round 3b.

Round 3a: [Color B, front loops only] ch 2, tr between dc in Round 2, hdc. *hdc, tr in Round 2, hdc* 11 times. (36)
Join to first stitch with an invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Crochet hook and a crocheted circle

Round 3b: [Color A, back loops only, building on Round 2] Pick up yarn from Round 2, ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc. *2 dc, dc* 11 times. (36)
Join to first stitch with an invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Crochet hook and the reverse side of the potholder project

SIDEBAR: Notice how the photo background changed between rounds 3-4? This is when I packed up my yarn for the big move to Denver. Promise me you won’t stop here and leave a partially finished potholder in your yarn pile for three years!

Round 4: [Color B, both loops] Join yarn two stitches before any tr from Round 3a. ch 2, hdc in same stitch, fptr in tr from Round 3a, hdc in next stitch. *2 hdc, fptr, hdc* 11 times. (48)
Join to first stitch with an invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Crochet hook and an in-progress crochet potholder

Round 5: [Color A, both loops] Join yarn anywhere. ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc in next 3 stitches. *2 dc, dc in next 3* 11 times. (60)
Join with sl st but do not cut the yarn — you’ll use it again in round 6b.

Crochet hook and a partially finished blue crochet potholder

Round 6a: [Color B, front loops only] Join yarn on first stitch. ch 2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches, fptr in Round 4 tr. *2 hdc, hdc in next 3, fptr* 11 times. (72)
Join to first stitch with an invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Hand, crochet hook, and a partially finished blue crochet potholder

Round 6b: [Color A, back loops only, building on Round 6] Pick up yarn from Round 6, ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc in next 4 stitches. *2 dc, dc in next 4* 11 times. (72)
Join to first stitch with an invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Two hands crocheting a blue potholder with a purple hook

Round 7: [Color B, both loops, building on Round 6b] Join yarn above Round 6a tr. ch 2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in next 4 stitches, fptr in tr from Round 6a. *2 hdc, hdc in next 4, fptr* 11 times. (84)
Join to first stitch with an invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Purple crochet hook and an in-progress blue potholder

Back
Round 1: make a magic ring, ch 2 (counts as dc) and dc 11 into the ring. (12)

Round 2: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around. (24)

Round 3: ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc. *2 dc, dc* 11 times. (36)

Round 4: ch 2, hdc in same stitch, fptr in tr from Round 3a, hdc in next stitch. *2 hdc, fptr, hdc* 11 times. (48)

Round 5: ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc in next 3 stitches. *2 dc, dc in next 3* 11 times. (60)

Round 6: ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc in next 4 stitches. *2 dc, dc in next 4* 11 times. (72)

Round 7: ch 2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in next 5 stitches. *2 hdc, hdc in next 5* 11 times. (84)

Purple crochet hook and a blue crochet circle (the back of the potholder)

Border
[Color A] Join yarn anywhere. ch 1, 2 sc in same stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, sc, ch 15, sc in same stitch. *sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc* 10 times. sc in last 5 stitches. (96)
Invisible join and weave in ends.

Purple crochet hook attached the front and back of the blue potholder

That’s all, folks! Your wagon wheel potholder is complete! Now you can hang your spiffy crochet potholder in your kitchen, use it for actual potholding (it has two cotton layers!), or give it to your mom. Moms love handmade kitchen stuff, right?

Two crochet potholders, orange and blue, on a white background
Two crochet potholders (orange and blue) and a white towel on a light wood background.

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