My mum and grandmother had this kind of potholder when I was a child in Stockholm, Sweden, some 40 years ago. I haven’t been able to find a written pattern anywhere so I decided to interpret the work and write one on my own.
Free Pattern - Crochet Snowflake Hotpad Potholder dishcloth (there is a link on site to Ravelry and a link there to another site for pattern). Great idea for little gifts for next Christmas. Even for teachers, maybe.