A while back, I made a set of these orange and strawberry potholders. The pattern for the strawberry can be found here. I recently made a second set for a lady from our Bible study, and this time I jotted down the pattern for the orange. It was inspired from a vintage pattern, but I changed it around a little.
Orange Potholder Pattern
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
St - stitch
Hdc - half double crochet
Dc - double crochet
Rnd - round
Rep - repeat
Hook size: H (5mm)
Orange (make 2)
The orange circles are worked in a spiral - don't join your rounds. Mark them with a stitch marker. Note: A particular stitch pattern may not end exactly on the right stitch. (I.e., the pattern may read "increase in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches" and you may have only 5 stitches left instead of 6.) I didn't do a very good job at this! It's pretty forgiving though. Just keep going and start the new round a little further on, or don't finish the stitch pattern. The general idea is to make your increases at different points around the circle, to avoid corners and make a smooth circle shape (you don't want an octagon-type thing).
Rnd 1 - Ch 9 in magic ring
Rnd 2 - 2 sc each in 1st 2 sc, sc in next, rep around
Rnd 3 - 2 sc in each of 1st 2 sc, sc in next 3, rep around
Rnd 4 - 5 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, rep around
Rnd 5 - 2 sc in each of 1st 2 sc, sc in next 7, rep around
Rnd 6 - 5 sc, *2 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in next 9, rep from * around, end with 4 sc
Rnd 7 - 2 sc in next sc, 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 6 sc, rep around
Rnd 8 - 4 sc, *2 sc in next sc, 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 6 sc, rep from * around (I think this one ends with 2 sc)
Rnd 9 - 2 sc in next sc, 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 9 sc, rep around
Rnd 10 - 4 sc, *2 sc in next sc, 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 8 sc, rep from * around, end with 4 sc
Rnd 11 - Sc around
Rnd 12 - 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around
Rnd 13 - Sc around
Rnd 14 - 2 sc in next sc, 6 sc, rep around. Sl st to close.
Weave in ends. Place the two orange circles wrong sides together and sc together around the edge to join.
Leaf (make 3)
Ch 10, 2 sc in first ch, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, 4 sc in end ch, working up the other side: hdc, 5 dc, hdc, 2 sc in last st, sl st to close.
Ch 14, dc in 2nd st from hook and next 11 sts. Fasten off. Sew ends together to make a loop.
Sew stem to edge of orange. Arrange leaves and sew them on. You're finished!