For example here is a few authentic vintage potholders from the 50s. I love them!
You can still find patterns to make some of these vintage potholders. Some patterns you can even figure out without using a pattern. I am seriously considering making the little beige dress with the pink edging. How cute!
I found a pattern from Free Vintage Crochet and it is here. After reading it over and over and making some mistakes, I was able to figure it out.
As I said....it is hard to achieve the tight stitches. I used Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread #3 and a steel hook #7. Yay....I got excited when I got this far.
I made mine a total of 15 rounds. See how see through it is. The pattern also includes the back piece which is basically a solid granny square.
Once you complete the top and bottom piece....then it is time to join. You should have the same amount of stitches around in both pieces. I had a little trouble understanding the patterns edging so I just made my own and joined every 3 stitches.
You will join at one of the corners with Ch3, work 2 dc, ch15, work 3 dc, ch 1, skip 3 then join with a single crochet. When you get to every corner, in this case I worked 3 dc, ch3,
3 dc. Feels good to learn something new!
Never, ever give up! You can do it!
Then I decided to experiment using regular cotton yarn such as Sugar 'N Cream. As you can imagine your bloom will get super big. I used size G crochet hook. I am calling this one the Purple Dahlia. You will achieve a nice size pot holder once you finish the bloom and leaves round with only one round of double crochets! Oh...yes the process goes fast to give you the instant gratification that crocheters like. The faster I can finish a project just means that I will be able to start a new project....and it does become a little bit of an obsession.
This is the top piece.
Join the top and the bottom piece together with the wrong sides facing.
Work the edging. In this case, I began at one of the corners by Chaining 3, work 2 hdc, ch2, work 1 sc in the 2nd stitch from the hook (picot made), work 3 hdc in the same space, ch 1, skip 3 and on the next stitch, work 1 hdc, ch2, work 1 sc in the 2nd stitch from the hook (picot made), work 1 hdc in the same space.....continue along all 4 edges making sure to work the corners by working (3 hdc, ch 2, work the picot, 3 hdc in the same space.
But you can also use it....plenty of thickness. I think these make great gifts and I will be giving mine away....for birthday or Christmas gifts!
Because of the thicker weight of the yarn....now I make only 3 layer blooms instead of 4, like the pink "Grandiflora".
Here it is displayed in our "rental kitchen" This is a much bulkier potholder so I chose to make a simple edging. Simply join at the corner and ch3, work 2 dc, ch 15 (for the loop) then work 3 dc, ch1, skip 3 and work a sc on the next stitch.