free vintage crochet climbing trellis hexagon pot holder pattern

I have a potholder that my Grandma Mangum crocheted years ago and I’ve wanted to figure out the pattern for a long time. I finally recreated her pattern in no. 10 crochet cotton and a size 6 (1.80mm) steel crochet hook. It’s nice and thick and I love how it turned out! But it took longer than I thought a potholder should take to crochet.

So I used a thicker cotton crochet yarn – a size 3 or size 5 crochet cotton thread or a light dk cotton yarn keep the holes in the pattern pretty small and tight (important for a potholder!) – and a size C/2 (2.75mm) crochet hook to make the pattern a quick housewarming or bridal shower gift.

Vintage Climbing Trellis Hexagon Potholder

US Crochet Terms:

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

sp: space

Make a sliding loop or magic ring (go here or here for a good tutorial, or ch 4, sl st in first chain to close the ring). Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout). Make 23 dc into ring. Tighten the ring and slip stitch into the top of the first ch 3 to close. (24 dc)

Row 1: Ch 3. 1 dc in the next 3 dc. Ch 2. (1 dc in the next 4 dc, ch 2) 5 times. Sl st in the top of first ch 3. Sl st in the next 3 dc and (attach new color yarn here if desired) then sl st into next ch-2 sp. (24 dc and 6 ch-2 sp)

Row 2: (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same beginning ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp. Ch 1.) 5 times. Sl st in top of first ch 3. Sl st in next 2 dc and (attach new color yarn here if desired) then sl st into next ch-2 sp.

Row 3: (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same beginning ch-2 sp. 4 dc in next ch-1 sp. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into next ch-2 sp. 4 dc in next ch-1 sp.) 5 times. Sl st in top of first ch 3. Sl st in next 2 dc and (attach new color yarn here if desired) then sl st into next ch-2 sp.

Row 4: (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same beginning ch-2 sp. Skip next 3 dc. 1 dc in sp between skipped 3 dc and next 4 dc. 1 dc in next 4 dc. 1 dc in sp between previous 4 dc and next 3 dc. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp. Skip next 3 dc. 1 dc in sp between skipped 3 dc and next 4 dc. 1 dc in next 4 dc. 1 dc in sp between previous 4 dc and next 3 dc.) 5 times. Sl st in top of first ch 3. Sl st in next 2 dc and (attach new color yarn here if desired) then sl st into next ch-2 sp.

Row 5: (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same beginning ch-2 sp. Skip next 3 dc. 1 dc in sp between skipped 3 dc and the next 6 dc. 1 dc in next 6 dc. 1 dc in sp between previous 6 dc and next 3 dc. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp. Skip next 3 dc. 1 dc in sp between skipped 3 dc and next 6 dc. 1 dc in next 6 dc. 1 dc in sp between previous 6 dc and next 3 dc.) 5 times. Sl st in top of first ch 3. Sl st in next 2 dc and (attach new color yarn here if desired) then sl st into next ch-2 sp.

Row 6: (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same beginning ch-2 sp. Skip next 3 dc. 1 dc in sp between skipped 3 dc and the next 8 dc. 1 dc in next 8 dc. 1 dc in sp between previous 8 dc and next 3 dc. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp. Skip next 3 dc. 1 dc in sp between skipped 3 dc and next 8 dc. 1 dc in next 8 dc. 1 dc in sp between previous 8 dc and next 3 dc.) 5 times. Sl st in top of first ch 3. Sl st in next 2 dc and (attach new color yarn here if desired) then sl st into next ch-2 sp.

Continue to increase each row in like manner until hexagon reaches desired size (6″ across is a good potholder size). Make a second hexagon.

With wrong sides together and right sides facing out, sc the 2 hexagons together, finishing the edge with a shell or picot trim if desired and adding a loop at one corner.

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44 comments

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  2. Beth

    Absolutely love these!!! Thanks for sharing, I’m trying to figure out ideas for Christmas and these are a strong possibility.

  3. Jan

    Love, love, love these. I have one very similar inherited from my grandmother. Unfortunately my crochet experience is rusty. I’m stuck on Row 2 and not sure where to place the first 2 dcs. I’m so confused. Can you please clarify? Thanks so much.

  4. Allison

    Hi Jan,
    Thank you for letting me know the pattern was a little bit confusing! I’ve just updated the pattern to hopefully clarify it a little (refresh your browser and the changes should appear).
    As you end each row, slip stich over to the next ch-2 space (this is where you will start the new row). So, starting from this beginning ch-2 space, you will (chain 3, 2 dc, chain 2, 3 dc) all into the very same beginning ch-2 space where you are starting the row. Chain 1 and you’re ready to crochet into the next ch-2 space. Follow the pattern around the hexagon.

    Hopefully that clarifies things a little. Please let me know if you’re still having problems with it! I might need to post a picture tutorial :)
    I’m so glad that you’ve inherited a similar potholder from your grandmother!! xoxo Allison

  5. Allison in PA

    Thank you for recreating the pattern and for posting it! I have two vintage thread potholders that I’ve also been meaning to recreate one of these days, but since that is far toward the end of my long project list, I appreciate the chance to try your grandmother’s. –from another Allison!

  6. vivian

    might you include the instructions for the various edging? I’m not sure how to do an edging and I am afraid to pick out a pattern that I may not be able to “fit” to this particular project size. Thx :-)

  7. vivian

    Ok, I tried to put a shell pattern on my finished pot holder and am becoming aware of yarn or thread “size”. I am using Sugar’n Cream, it says it is a 4. The potholder is super sturdy and thick, but the shell pattern does not work out very well using this yarn. Am I supposed to use a crochet thread rather than a crochet yarn? Is that where I have gone wrong?

  8. Allison

    Hi Vivian! Yes, the thick worsted weight yarns like Sugar’n Cream are hard to work out a shell edging for this pattern. If you’re using thicker yarns, I would suggest either a simple single crochet edge or a single crochet edge with a picot or clover motif here and there. I use stitch holders to mark out where to place the picots – for that matter I like to use stitch markers to mark out where I place my shells too.

    You can use any weight of yarn with this potholder pattern, but if you use a thicker yarn you would want to use a smaller hook than you might feel comfortable with in order to bring the inherent gaps in the pattern closer together (you don’t want burned fingers!). That can put a lot of stress on your hands. So, I like to use smaller weight crochet yarns. The smaller weights work better too if you want to put a shell edge on it. Good luck! Allison

  9. vivian

    Thx Allison!
    Where might I find instructions for a clover motif that would work for this project?
    Also, I have never ventured into any yarns other than those found at the big chain craft stores. Are the lighter weight yarns something I would need to go to a specialty store to find? It seems that the craft stores stock either the standard yarns or threads. Or are the thread type what you used. I’m sorry to ask so many questions, but it seems I am getting an education in yarn “weight” for this project that I did not expect and have not concerned myself with before. I’m excited to understand the differences and would like to use the best product for the project as I intend to use them as gifts. I appreciate your help :-) THX!

  10. Allison

    Hi Vivian – I love your questions! Don’t hesitate to ask. Many women helped me and answered my questions when I first started and I’m very grateful to them for their patience. The big chain craft stores all carry cotton crochet thread in usually 2, sometimes 3, weights. Size 10 (Bedspread weight), Size 5, and sometimes size 3. Size 3 is the biggest weight (the Sugar’n Cream you mentioned before is a worsted weight yarn and is not recommended for this pattern) and size 10 is usually the smallest weight a big chain store will carry. If you want smaller weight cotton crochet thread (size 20, 30, 40…) – for crocheting or tatting lace, for instance – you’ll probably have to go to a specialty yarn or embroidery shop or order it online. But sometimes I’ll find it at a big craft store! Go figure.

    For the Vintage Crochet Climbing Trellis Hexagon Pot Holder, I would suggest a size 3 or size 5 cotton crochet thread.

    A clover crochet edging is made by making three “petals” all in the same stitch. There are lots of free 5-petal crochet flower patterns online and on Ravelry – just make three of the petals in the same stitch as you go along the edge. Play around with it and you’ll get it!
    Allison

  11. vivian

    thx Alison, I appreciate your patience :)
    I just went online to Joann’s and can’t find crochet thread at all on their website. I also went on Amazon and they do have size 3. Would you mind telling me where you ordered or bought your thread for this project? I would like to be sure I am getting a quality product, especially if I am going to order it online without being able to see or touch it first. I did go to a specialty store in my area and they suggested that their thread was way too expensive for such a project and sent me to Michael’s, the only thread I found there was almost as fine as sewing thread and I thought the package said it was a size 0. As the numbering system goes higher does that indicate a thicker thread? What does “worsted weight” mean compared to the thread weight you are suggesting here?
    thanks so much for your help!

  12. vivian

    ….sigh….I’ve been all over the internet and have not found too much available in a size 3. I did find Red Heart brand on their website, but they only have 11 colors available!
    The Amazon thread is a brand called DMC? The reviews on it are not great. I am going over to Joann’s in the morning to see what they have on the shelves, maybe I just did not know what I was looking for when I was in last time. Now I think I have a better idea.
    p.s. I did find information on the numbering system! The larger the number the finer the thread :) I am sure that the thread I saw at Michaels was labeled a size 0 and was so fine? hmmm…I probably have no idea what I am talking about.

  13. Maaike

    Hi Alison, I loooooovvvveeee these potholders, already made a couple of them. I was wondering if you are ok with me writing a Dutch translation on my blog? Ofcourse with the link to your original pattern. I am sure we can make a lot of people happy :-) Hope to hear back from you, tnx!

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  15. Linda

    I too , am having a hard time following the pattern on row 2,,as I read it , it appears that the instructions are leaving out the dc’s following the 3dc2ch3dc in the space. Am I just reading it wrong? My row 2 , as I have crocheted the best that I can understand the pattern, doesn’t look like row 2 in your pictures. What am I doing wrong? Any help you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you, Linda

  16. Linda

    Okay, I so apologize Alison, I was so confused with the pattern and the more I looked at it, the more confused I got,,I think I have it figured out now,,maybe I shouldn’t try to crochet at night.

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  18. Mariana

    Very colorful & lovely. This is a special piece since you replicated it from your grandmothers potholder. Very talented. thank you.

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  22. Laura Cahall

    You can get crochet thread and yarn from Mary Maxim Catalog –
    http://www.marymaxim.com or Herrschners Catalog- Herrschners.com
    1-800-441-0838 Herrschners _Mary Maxim 1-800-962-9504.
    I get all may stuff from these catalog. and never had any problems
    Thank you for the pattern Alison Hope this helps Laura

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  24. Eileen

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I love it. I also love the colors. Wonderful pattern. Again thanks.

  25. sylvia

    Hi Allison!

    Love the vintage potholders:) Very cute! Thank you for sharing your pattern, too! Question…I have a lady that wants me to make some potholders and sell them to her. Is that okay for me to do with your pattern, or do you have a copyright that states otherwise? I would love to do this for her, but I also want to be sure it is okay for me to do so.

    Thank you in advance for your reply :)

    Sylvia

  26. Allison

    Hi Sylvia!
    I don’t have a copyright for the potholder pattern. I just tried to recreate the potholder that was made by my Grandmother. It’s okay with me if you sell the potholders you make. Good luck!
    Allison

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  28. rebecca

    would love to buy 10-12 of these hexagon potholders. Do you know of a vender would could make them for me to purchase?

  29. Allison

    Hi Rebecca,
    I am not aware of any vendors that are currently selling this potholder. You could check with your local yarn shop – they might know of someone in your area that would be willing to crochet the pattern for you – or teach you how to crochet them yourself! This is a beginning crochet pattern – nothing too difficult – but be aware that depending on how many color changes you’d like, this potholder pattern could take 1 to 2 hours (or more) to crochet. You’ll also want to factor in the cost of yarn when you ask for an estimate on cost. Good luck! If I hear of anyone selling finished potholders, I’ll pass along their information.

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  31. Jayasree Mokkapati

    I love the color combination in multi color hexagon pot holder.I made one and want to try others also.Thank you for sharing such lovely pattern.

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  33. Pamela Jones

    thank you for this pattern, it was one of the first things I learned to crochet in Home Ec many years ago. I’ve been looking for this a long time

  34. Esther

    I just want to find out if any of these patterns are available in Afrikaans, because my sister in law can not follow a pattern in English.

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