When I only began creating my own designs they were primarily crochet coasters. One of my testers who helped me with several tests wrote to me one day: Why coasters? Why not potholders? They are so great and can be used in many ways! And I thought – really, why not? And since then I have something special for creating potholders. For me each of them is a complete small “art” object. They are usually made very quickly and make perfect gifts.
Do I use potholders in the kitchen myself? No, I don’t! I would not stand spoiling beautiful cotton yarns. And I would not stand seeing them dirty, and “washed out”. I would rather hang them on the wall, and enjoy looking at them.
I have designed quite a few potholders already. For example, Mandala Potholder, Stained Glass potholder, Kaleidoscope potholder, Wheel of Magic potholder, Mint Coffee Mandala potholder, Nothern Lights potholder... All patterns are available in my Ravelry and Etsy shops.
My latest creation is Tulip potholder designed for April Issue, 2017 of Knotions Magazine. It has a square shape and can be made in any size. In fact it’s an “endless square” and you can use the pattern to create larger pieces, like cushions or even blankets.
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I used 100% cotton yarn Catona (by Scheepjes) in 4 shades: 251 (46g – for 2 layers), 205 (16g), 263 (14g), 257 (10g). Of course, you can choose more colors, and use leftovers from your stash. Clover Soft Touch* crochet hook 2.75mm (C) worked best for me. But since gauge is not critical for this pattern, you can choose different sizes. Just please be aware that potholder should stay flat.
Catona yarn is available at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both in UK with international shipping), Knotty House* (Canada), Loveknitting* (US), and in your local Scheepjes shops.
I like when potholders are “lined” with the bottom layer, and have a loop for hanging on a wall. I chose pink yarn for bottom layer of Tulip potholder.
The pattern contains written instructions and step-by-step pictures. It’s available for FREE on Knotions Magazine website HERE. Enjoy :)
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