Sunday, June 2, 2013

African flower potholder

I've been in love with African flower pattern since I've first seen it. First I've tried a hexagon version of the African flower. The best step-by-step tutorial I've found was this one - it has a lot of photos and is written very well. After that I've discovered the square version of the African flower - tutorial here. I prefer the hexagon version, it looks prettier to me.
I was looking for a proper project to use this great pattern. It is to rich to be used as a motif in multi-hexagon projects, like blankets, bags, etc. It best of all plays as a main part of the item, being an accent of it, like in this project, but that's only my opinion.
So here it is - an African flower potholder. I've made it as a present for my grandmom's birthday. It can be used for holding hot things, as a cup or teapot coaster or just a table cloth to put a vase of flowers on.
The pattern is very easy. First make a six-leaved African flower using this tutorial. Then 5 rows of double crochet stitches (one dc in each stitch from the previous row on the sides of the hexagon, *1dc, sc, 1dc* in each corner of the hexagon). Last row is a shell edging - I've explained how to make it in this post.
Of course, as usual my little helper was helping me to take photos of the ready made potholder.
Hope you're doing good.


  1. This is really lovely, Julia. I love your colour combination too - the African Flower pattern is still on my 'to do' list but I do hope to give a go soon.
    Mel x

    1. Thanks, Mel. You definitely should try. It is really quick and easy to make and comes out beautiful.