I colorized the picture so you could get an idea how they look colorized. The reversed colors for the matched set, I didn't do. But I'm sure you'll be able to imagine. And shudder. Be afraid. Be very very afraid.
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY "STAR" BLEND YARN, Article 75
1 skein each White and Red will make 2 Clown Potholders reversing colors
1 skein each Cerise and Lt. Yellow will make 2 Girl Potholders reversing colors
1 Bone Ring for each Potholder for hanging
2 Bone Rings for Earrings
Scrap of Black Felt for Clown
Scrap of Red Felt for Girl
Aluminum crochet hook size F
FACE:With White chain (ch) 4, 11 double crochet (dc) in 1st stitch (st) of ch, join in 4th st of ch.
2nd ROUND: Ch 3, counts as 1st dc, 1 dc in same space, 2 dc in each remaining dc, join in 3rd st of ch.
3rd ROUND: Ch 3, dc in same space, * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * all around ending with 1 dc in last dc, join in 3rd st of ch.
4th and 5th ROUNDS: Repeat 3rd round
6th ROUND: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc, join in 3rd st of ch.
EARS: Ch 3, *yarn over hook, insert in next dc, pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeat from * twice, yarn over and pull through all loops on needle, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, * yarn over, insert in next dc, pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeat from * twice, yarn over and pull through all loops on needle, ch 3, sc in same space with last st, ch 3, turn. 1 sc in each st ending with a slip stitch (sl st) cut yarn. With right side facing, skip 36 dc, attach yarn in same space, and complete Ear in same manner. Work a 2nd section to correspond and crochet both sections together with sc.
EYES AND EYEBROWS: Cut strips of Black Felt as illustrated for Eyes and Eyebrows and applique in place.
NOSE: With Red work 1st round same as Face, cut yarn leaving an end. Thread yarn into needle and applique Nose in place.
MOUTH: Ch 35, join, cut yarn and applique in place as illustrated.
HAIR: With wrong side of Face toward you, join Red in next sc after Right Ear, work 3 loops in same space and in each of next 4 sc (loop st: wind yarn around index finger to form a 1 1/4 inch loop, insert hook in st, and complete sc) ch 1, turn.
2nd ROW: Work 1 sc in each loop st, ch 1, turn.
3rd ROW: Work 1 loop st in each sc, cut yarn.
Join Red in 5th st from Left Ear and complete Hair section to correspond.
NECK RUFF: With Red and right side facing, skip 10 sts after Right Ear, and join in next st, * work 1 sc in each of next 18 sc, ch 1, turn, work 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn, work 3 loop sts in each sc, ch 1, turn.
NEXT ROW:: Work 1 loop in each loop st, cut yarn.
With White cover a bone ring with sc and attach to wrong side of Potholder. Reverse colors for 2nd Potholder
Work 2 crocheted sections same as Clown.
HAIR: With wrong side facing join reversed color in 6th st from Right Ear and work 3-1 1/2 in loop sts in each of the 16 center sts, cut yarn.
EYES: Wind yarn 15 times over a 1 inch cardboard, sew strands in position one after the other, slip strands from cardboard and sew loops in place shaping as illustrated.
MOUTH AND NOSE: Cut sections from Red felt as illustrated and applique in place.
EARRINGS: Cover bone rings with sc, join, ch 20, cut yarn. Draw sc in center of bone ring. Form ch into bow and sew in place. Finish with bone ring same as Clown. Reverse colors for 2nd Potholder.