*Please note! -- This is not a tutorial for this spiral technique.  It is just pics of my progress in making this pot holder.  Sorry for any confusion!

Main Entry: 1spi·ral
Pronunciation: \ˈspī-rəl\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Medieval Latin spiralis, from Latin spira coil — more at
Date: 1551
1 a : winding around a center or pole and gradually receding from or approaching it b :
helical c : spiral-bound 2 : of or relating to the advancement to higher levels through a series of cyclical movements
— spi·ral·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb

I am winding myself around hooks & yarn and participating in this lovely Christmas potholder swap. And how much fun to be crocheting this for Diana!

Seeing this fabulous potholder & washcloth in one of my favorite books, Kitchen Basics in Cotton --- okay. you must think this is the only crochet book that I ever crochet from --- but once you got a good thing going, well -- the patterns are so appropriate, so easy & so timely.

I have never done this technique before using 3 safety pins. It was a bit confusing at first when reading the directions -- because I am such a visual learner. But once I stopped making it so dang confusing, it stopped being so dang confusing.

Starting from the center point, each row is crocheted in a spiral fashion. After a certain number of of dc, the stitch of each color is dropped, adhered with a safety pin and then picked up once again once the stitches of each previous color has been completed.

And hands down, I used my absolute, most favorite cotton for making these durable potholders & washcloths ---> I Love This Cotton!

This cotton is not so bulky like other cotton yarns. It does not split when crocheting and everything I have made using this turns out soft, creamy -- yet oh, so sturdy..

And doesn't this potholder almost look like an ornament?
.A yarny type of ornament...

Just what would my family think if the Christmas tree this year was decorated with only crocheted potholders?....


Unknown said...

Thnk you for spiral model.Idon't know ..kıss

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fantastic!!

willywagtail said...

Incredible. I get dizzy just looking let alone make but it sure looks like an accomplishment. Cherrie

Karen from Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Dawn,
These are so cute. I love the colors and the pattern is perfect. Your photography is awesome too!
Take care,

Giulianadicuore said...

so cut!
who's Diana?


p.s. the color that i love!

Dandelion Quilts said...

That is exactly what I thought...it looks like a perfect ornament. I love the shades of red and green...perfect.

Suzy said...

You do such beautiful work! It amazes me how talented you are with a crochet hook. I want one of these! LOL! :o)


Lindos trabalhos. Parabéns!
Tenha um ótimo domingo e maravilhosa semana.

Evelyn said...

Nice job! I love that colours, they remind me a watermelon.

Barbara said...

Neat pattern! I need to do one of those...I love potholders! Your photos are very good.

Unknown said...

I love it. At first I thought it was an ornament. Another book I need to look into.

QuiltedSimple said...

I could see a tree with these as ornies. Or a garland made out of these.....very pretty christmas colors!

Meggie said...

You could decorate a tree with worse things! I love those potholders, so bright. I love cotton.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

That is one pretty potholder! I have never seen that technique before. It does look confusing. Interesting that you mention I Love This Cotton. That's My favorite too! It's perfect and so soft! Have a nice week! Twyla

Shari from Big Yellow Farmhouse said...

Hi Dawn! I wonder why it is that everytime I visit you here I have this incredible urge to just set aside everything else in my life and do nothing but crochet . . . forever! The projects you choose, the cheerful colors you use . . . ahh, such a happy feast for the eyes! I just plopped that book in my Amazon shopping cart and next time I get near a Hobby Lobby I'll be looking for that yarn. I think a crocheted potholder Christmas tree would be lovely!!

Fernanda said...

Lindo trabalho, Parabéns!!!


sylvie said...

your blog look so nice, the pictures are beautiful.
Thank you for the spirale
À bientôt

Spice said...

First time here.....Love your crochet work.......love this tri-color potholder...

Cami said...

Hello! I just met your gorgeous blog. It's amazing. Congratulations. I love love love this potholder and the workmanship is perfect. Can't wait to see more of your work!!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I am wondering if you think this technique could be continued on from a potholder all the way out to a lap afghan. I want to do something different for my youngest niece, as she's a very unique girl, and I like the idea of this, then maybe squaring it off (or not) once it's a good lap size. :) If it's easier, you could email me at monica(at)harryfamily(dot)com. :)

cherrylee14 said...

Would anyone possibly share this pattern with me? I can't find the book in any local store and I hate to order it from amazon for $8 for just one pattern. It looks like a very simple pattern but I don't want to try and wing it!

Unknown said...

Very cool. Going to check ravelry for a pattern.

Tammy in Seattle said...

You don't need to attach, then undo, the time stealing efforts, of using SAFETY PINS! Just pull the last loop up and let it droop a little until you go around the potholder, then put loop back on hook and pull excess in! SO much easier and faster! I wouldn't "make” spirals if I had to pin & unpin those little (or even bigger) safety pins! Just a thought!