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FREE Crochet Bear Paw
Potholder
Bear Paw Potholder

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn 100 gm skein; One skein each of Dk
blue, Lt blue, Yellow
    Crochet Hook Size 5/F or 3.75 mm

Finished Size Approximately 9 inches square

Triangle 1:
Beg at lower right hand corner with Lt blue, ch 11.
Row 1: (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn–10
sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc dec, sc in each rem sc across; turn–9 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc to last 2 sts, sc dec; turn–8 sc.
Row 4-9: Rep rows 2 and 3.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc dec and fasten off.

Triangle 2:
With right side facing, join yellow with a sl st in first sc at upper long
edge of t-1.
Row 1: Ch 1, work 14 sc evenly spaced across long edge of t-1; turn.
Row 2-7: Ch 1, sc dec at beg and end, sc across; turn–2 sts rem at end
of row 7.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc dec and fasten off.

Triangle 3:
With right side facing, join light blue with a sl st in sc at edge of t-2.
Row 1: (right side): Ch 1, work 10 sc evenly across; turn.
Row 2-10: Rep rows 2-10 of t-1.

Triangle 4:
Work as for t-2 and onto t-3.

Corner Square:
With right side facing, join light blue with a sl st in sc at edge of t-4.
Row 1 (right side): Ch 1, work 10 sc evenly across; turn.
Rows 2-11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. Fasten off at end of row 11.

Note: Triangles 5 to 8 form one edge of potholder.

Triangle 5:
Working along left edge of square with right side facing, join yellow with
a sl st in sc at edge.
Row 1 (right side): Ch 1, sc in each row along square; turn–10 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across to last 2 sts, sc dec; turn–9 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc dec, sc in each sc across; turn–8 sc.
Row 4-9: Rep rows 2 and 3.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc dec and fasten off.

Triangle 6:
With right side facing, join light blue with a sl st in lower edge st of t-5.
Working along t-5, follow directions for t-2.  

Triangle 7:
With right side facing, join yellow with a sl st in edge st of t-6.
Row 1: Ch 1, work 10 sc evenly spaced across, turn.
Follow directions for t-5, rows 2-10.

Triangle 8:
Working along side fo t-7, complete as for t-6.

Large Square:
With right side facing, join dark blue with a sl st in edge of t-7.
Row 1: (right side): Ch 1, work 2 sc in same sp, sc in each of next 9 rows
of t-7, hdc in joining, work 1 sc in each of next 10 rows of t-5--22 sts, sl
st in adjacent row of t-4, sl st in next row of t-4; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc; * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next st; rep from *
across, ending sc in last sc; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc; * ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc *; rep
from * across; sl st in next 2 rows of t-4; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc; rep bet * ‘s of row 3, ending sc in last sc; turn.
Rep rows 3 and 4 for pat, sl stitching to corresponding rows of triangles
for 21 total rows. On row 9, sl st in joining, do not sl st in next row; turn.
On row 19, sl st in edge of row 1 of t-1; do not sl st in next row; turn. On
row 21, sl st in first foundation ch of t-1.

Inside Border:
Ch 1, work 1 sc in each fo next 9 sts, in corner (sc, ch 2, sc); turn work
1/4 turn.
Working along side edge of t-1 up to corner square, work 9 sc along t-1,
sc in joining, 10 sc along t-3, sc in joining, 9 sc along square and in
corner (sc, ch 2, sc).
Working from corner square to t-8, work 9 sc across corner square, sc
in joining, 10 sc across t-6, sc in joining, 9 sc across t-8 and in corner
(sc, ch 2, sc) in corner.
For next side, work 9 sc across t-8, sc in joining 20 sc along large
square with (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner.
For last side, work 1 sc in each sc and ch-1 sp across–32 sc along each
edge. At end, sl st in beg sc and fasten off.

Finishing:
Make a 2nd piece which includes first border. Weave in loose ends on
wrong side.

Outer Border:
Hold pieces with wrong sides tog and work through both layers.
With the right side facing, join dark blue in any sc along edge and away
from any corner.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each sc around working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner
ch-2 sp; join with a sl st in beg sc and fasten off.
Rnd 2: With right side facing, join light blue in 9th sc to left of any corner
ch-2 sp. In same sc (ch 2, dc); * sk 2 sc, in next sc (sl st, ch 2, dc); rep
from * around, and at 3 corners sk 1 sc, in ch-2 sp (sl st, ch 2, dc) twice;
in large square corner sk 1 sc, in ch-2 sp, (sl st [ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from
hook] 6 times, in same corner ch-2 sp [sl st, ch 2, dc]); at end of rnd, sk
last 2 sc, sl st in beg sc and fasten off.