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1942 PUSSY CAT POTHOLDER with an embroidered face -See NB

Tested and edited by Shirley Guess for Crochet Partners 11/96

Notes: Originally this pattern called for Rug Yarn, which used to be wool. Now they are acryllic and don't hold up well around the heat. Instead, I used a double strand of 4 ply cotton worsted and lined it. It is sturdy and works well as a trivet. If you want an actual potholder, then use only one strand of cotton worsted and line the back of the potholder.

MATERIALS: Note: The original pattern didn't indicate how much yarn was needed. I've listed what I used. I crocheted this potholder with a double strand of cotton worsted weight and then lined the back with one of those iron-on patches you use to repair jeans. It is more of a hotpad/trivet than a potholder.

Finished size 5- 1/2 inches long by 6-1/2 wide at ears

1 oz cotton worsted any color
Aluminium Hook H
Small amount of embroidery floss in 3 colors (1 for eyes, 1 for whiskers, 1 for nose)
Small amount of contrasting cotton worsted for crocheted ribbon (optional)


  • Row 1: Ch 6. Hdc and sc in 3 rd stitch from hook. Dc in next 2 sts. Sc and hdc in end stitch. Ch 3, turn.

  • Row 2: Hdc and sc in 3 rd ch st from hook. Sc in next 6 sts and hdc in end chain.

  • Row 3: Ch 2 turn. Hdc and sc in last hdc, sc across, with sc and hdc in end hdc.

  • Row 4: repeat row 3.

  • Row 5-Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in 14 sc.

  • Row 10: Ch 2, turn, hdc and sc in last sc, sc across, with sc and hdc in end sc.

  • Row 11: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st

  • Row 12: Ch 2, turn, hdc and sc in last sc, sc across, with sc and hdc in end sc.

  • Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st

  • Row 14: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st (18 sc).


  • Row 15: Ch 3, turn, Dc in last sc (from previous row), 2 dc in next st, 2 hdc in next, sc in 2 sc, hdc in 2 sc, dc in next, (2 dc in next st) twice, dc in next st, hdc in 2 sc, sc in 2 sc, 2 hdc in next, 2 dc in next, (dc, ch 3 and sc) in next st, sc around to other ear, widening as necessary.

  • (editor's note: The pattern does not specify how or when to widen. However, you can widen the potholder by making longer stitches--such as double or treble crochets. If you think your cat's face looks too thin, experiment with a few larger stitches.)

  • Embroider face using stitch guide.

  • Make for the top: Chain 8, sl st to first st to make ring. 15 sc in ring. Sew ring on top. Crocheted Ribbon: Chain desired length. Turn and hdc in each st across. End off. Tie in bow and sew to chin of cat.

    Pattern updated 11/96

    NB: This pattern came from a Lily Miles collection called Crochet House and has a publication date of 1942. ###

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