Crochet Afghan Stitch Potholder Zoom

Crochet Afghan Stitch Potholder

Use Afghan Stitch (also known as Tunisian Simple Stitch) to make an easy potholder that looks great while the two layers form an extra level of protection. This is a great first project for crocheters who are new to this technique!

Skill Level: None

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Step 1

GETTING STARTED: Download the PDF for a set of portable project instructions. Read through all of the instructions before beginning.


ch-chain; rep-repeat; sc-single crochet; st(s)-stitch(es); yo-yarn over


7 1/2" (19 cm) square


  • #4 worsted weight yarn: we used Peaches & Creme (100% cotton), 2.5 oz (70.9 g), 120 yd (109 m) – 1 ball #2613 Daffodil Daze
  • Boye® Afghan crochet hook size I-9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Boye® hand sewing tapestry needle

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15 sts and 14 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Tunisian Simple Stitch. Gauge is not critical for this project.


This technique has a tendency to curl; the potholder will lie flat once you add the edging.

Step 2


Tunisian Simple Stitch

Work is done with right side facing at all times.

Row 1: Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop; *leaving loops on hook, insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * to end.

Row 2: Working back along row in opposite direction, yo and pull through 1 loop, *yo and pull through next 2 loops; rep from * across – 1 loop on hook.

Row 3: Skip first vertical bar, insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and pull up a loop; *insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * to end.

Row 4: Rep Row 2. Rep Rows 3 and 4 for desired length. Fasten off.

Step 3


Ch 24. Work in Tunisian Simple Stitch until piece is square.

Last row: Skip first vertical bar, slip st in each vertical bar across. Fasten off.

Step 4


You can use your afghan hook or a regular crochet hook to make the edging.

Rnd 1: Holding squares with wrong sides together, join yarn in any st, ch 1, sc evenly around through both layers, placing 3 sc in each corner st, join with slip st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, slip st in each sc to last corner, ch 10, slip st in next sc to form a loop, slip st in each sc to end. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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