Something About Northern Lights and Crochet: free pattern

Do you have a list of things you would like to do in your life? Like to climb on the top on the mountain, to travel to a specific part of the world, to paint your hair into purple… or anything like this. I have a dream to see the Northern Lights one day. And the best – to go to Iceland and see them there. Last year I was very close to my dream as I spent 10 days in the North of Sweden. But no luck for me that time. So my dream will stay just a dream. At least for a while.
Northern Lights Potholder. A very easy to follow FREE pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


But then I decided to recreate my dream with yarn. Several months ago I was contacted by Knotions Magazine with an offer to design an accessory for their Winter/Fall issue. And since I am obsessed with mandalas and overlay crochet, I thought of a small potholder in the colors of Northern Lights.




The pattern is very simple and easy to follow. It is aimed to intermediate crocheters, or even advanced beginners. It uses just a little bit of cabling and with lots of progress pictures It will be easy to see the placement of every stitch.
Northern Lights Potholder. A very easy to follow FREE pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

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As for majority of kitchen accessories designs I chose 100% cotton yarn Catona by Scheepjes. You will need just 3 shades. I chose 261, 282, 392 for a northern lights version and also made another potholder with shades 157, 179, 172. I also used 2.5 mm (C) Clover Soft Touch crochet hook.
Northern Lights Potholder. A very easy to follow FREE pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

You can have a look at full range of Catona yarn on Wool Warehouse* HERE, Deramores* HERE and Paradise Fibers* (US) HERE. This yarn comes in balls of 25g and 50g and is also available in local Scheepjes yarn shops. If you never tried this yarn, please, also read my review HERE. In my opinion this type of yarn is just perfect for overlay crochet and creating colorful mandalas. And it’s great for making potholders, hot pads and coasters as cotton yarn doesn’t melt with high temperatures.
Northern Lights Potholder. A very easy to follow FREE pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

My potholder consists of 2 layers: the top layer is structured with a zig-zag cabled pattern, and bottom layer is flat and made in main color. The potholder is thick and thanks to a small loop it can be hung on a wall when not used in the kitchen. You can even create several potholders and use them as wall decorations.
Northern Lights Potholder. A very easy to follow FREE pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

And yes, I should tell you something about the cup with elks you see in the picture. I bought it at the Umeå airport last summer. So it was pretty close to the Northern Lights.
Northern Lights Potholder. A very easy to follow FREE pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

The pattern of Northern Light Potholder is available HERE in the Knotions Magazine. Enjoy! And please, don’t forget to share the pictures of your finished mandala’s with me!
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5 comments

  1. beautiful potholder, thanks for the pattern

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  2. Once upon a time, I was attempting to work toward a doctorate in gifted education - until I got too ill to continue. Anyhow, one semester I took a course in Jungian psychology. Jung used the mandala to represent the self. It was a very interesting course. Each week we had to gift our classmates and teacher. The last week, I gave everyone a crocheted doily. No, I did not make them. I have crocheted a couple. Crochet is not my forte. I am much, much better at knitting. Of course, my professor asked me if I had made them and I had to confess that I had not. She knows that I am a crafter. None the less, she said it was a perfect gift for each person in the class. I'd love to be able to make some potholders for friends for Christmas gifts. I hope you achieve your dream of seeing the Northern Lights. I had a dream of going to England. My grandfather came to the United States by himself when he was 18. I went to England on a tour to see quilts two years ago. It was like going home without ever having been there. It was wonderful. I'd love to go again. Thanks for the pattern.

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  3. What a beautiful Mandalay/potholder!!! I live in northwest Wyoming USA and occasionally we get to see the Northern Lights. I will think of you the next time I see them!! The days of the likelihood of seeing them is coming up!!

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  4. I travelled by ship to the Northernmost tip of Norway - Alto to see the Northern Lights a few years ago. My husband went on a tour by foot away from the port and they did not see them. I stayed on the ship and saw them briefly. Sadly there were too many lights to see their full glory. I too would like to go to Iceland to see them. Apparently they can also be seen in the North of the UK in Scotland. I do hope you achieve your dream of seeing them.

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  5. Beautiful pattern Tatsiana! I also hope to see the northern lights someday... it's on my bucket list! xo Carmen

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