Holding two strands of yarn together tie a slip knot and put it onto your crochet hook. I leave about an inch of yarn hanging so i can later tie these together and make a loop to hang my pot holder with. OR, when you finish the piece and tie off, leave a few inches of yarn and use that to make your hanging loop.
I measured the chain to fit the length of my hand to mid-wrist (as shown in the first picture).You can increase or decrease the number of chains to fit your hand as well.
Don't chain too tightly. When working with two strands at a time, it is a little difficult to pull both strands through a tight chain.
The two strands may have a tendency to become twisted while working. If this happens, remove your crochet hook, hold the yarn balls, and let the potholder dangle until it untwists.
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook and repeat all the way across. CH 1. Turn
Row 2 thru ??: Repeat Row 1 until you have reached the desired width of your pot holder. (Be sure to keep track of how many rows you work. You will need to work the same amount of rows or more in step two.)
Finished first piece shown in second picture.