Two Hour Potholders
It seems that we have a fabric eating monster in our home. Socks, dishcloths, hand towels, and potholders seem to disappear with alarming regularity. Or maybe it’s just my 2 and 4 year old throwing things away when I’m not looking! It finally got so bad, I could hardly find a potholder to get things out of the oven. Well, with plenty of cotton yarn in my stash, I thought that, surely, I could knit up a much needed potholder without running to the store. The key was to get it thick enough. I’ve found that using two strands of cotton yarn and the double stitch works very well. These are so much nicer and thicker than the potholders you can buy in the store, and now you can make them to match your kitchen décor. Plus, they are easy to knit and work up quickly. So, save yourself a trip to the store and knit a few today, from Authentic Knitting Board.
Finished size is approx. 7 ¼” x 7 ½”
- Knitting Loom: Regular gauge (pegs ½” from center to center) double sided
- knitting board with at least 16 pegs. The 28” Regular Gauge Authentic Knitting
- Board (standard (1/2”) spacer setting) was used in the sample.
- Yarn: 75 yards each of two different colors of 100% cotton worsted weight yarn.
- Peaches & Crème yarn and the twisted stockinette stitch was used in the
Notions: Tapestry Needle, Knitting tool, Size H crochet hook
Gauge: Not important
Abbreviations: Cast on—CO, Bind off—BO
- CO 16 pegs with the stockinette cast on. When casting on, wrap the board once, lay the anchor yarn, and then wrap the board two more times. If you are using the twisted stockinette stitch, begin wrapping in that pattern on the third pass. There will now be 3 sets of loops on each peg. This will be the only time that the board is wrapped three times. Hook the bottom set of loops over the top two sets of loops. After hooking over, there should be two sets of loops on each peg.
- Knit 36 rows or until the piece measures 7 ½””, always hooking one set of loops over two sets of loops, except on row 36. On row 36, lift the bottom two sets of loops over the top set. There will only be one set of loops on all the pegs.
- BO both ends. You will have more loops than usual because of using the double stitch. Treat each pair of loops as one loop and BO as usual. Weave in loose ends.
- Two strands of yarn, held together, are used throughout the pattern The double stitch (1 over 2) is used throughout the pattern. This potholder can be knit in either plain stockinette stitch or, what I call, twisted stockinette. To wrap in twisted stockinette, wrap the board as usual for the stockinette stitch, but go to the far side of each needle and wrap around the needle. This is like the figure 8 wrap. Wrap the end needles, on the opposite end from where you start, in the normal manner, do not wrap around them as you did the others. The picture shows how the board will look when properly wrapped for the twisted stockinette stitch. Experiment with other stitch patterns to make one-of-a-kind potholders. Just make sure to use stitches that create a dense fabric.
- Make sure to only use yarns that are made of natural fibers. Acrylic and other synthetic yarns can melt if they come into contact with high temperatures.
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