*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?....