Crochet Potholders

I was so excited to kick off the new Bake-a-Long with Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day that I decided it was time for some new potholders!

Well that’s only half true.

I really am very excited to be part of the Blueberry Muffin Bake-a-Long with TracyΒ . The first ever Bake-a-long will be featuring the Blueberry Muffin recipe that I posted last weekend.Β 

But I alsoΒ noticed while I was doing the fancy (haha) photo shoot of my muffins that my pot holders were looking a little worse for wear – okay I noticed that my potholders were shall we say they’ve seen better days, umm my potholders were beat up and gross. πŸ˜€

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I was inspired by my friend and fellow blogger Trudy – Designing Us to crochet some new potholders! Trudy and her husband are doing a remodel of their kitchen. I can’t wait to see the progress on it, I hope she posts lots of pictures!

I decided I will do a little remodel of my own! I’m going to start out with this fabulous Pot Holder/Hot Pad/Trivet upgrade!!

I did not follow any written pattern for this. The plaid-ish pot holder was made using Woven Tartan Plaid Technique that I had featured in another post. I wanted this pot holder to be thick because my very favorite cookware to use is my Cast Iron Skillet, my Enamel Coated Cast Iron Dutch Oven, and my Cast Iron Pizza Pan – and all three of those get super hot! To be certain that the potholder could provide protection from the heat, I attached a square of the same size that I had crocheted completely using single crochet stitch. I used the solid Forest Green on the back. I did a quick single crochet around the edge and then slip stitched them together.

potholders3For the Forest Green and Maroon potholder I just put the two strands of yarn together and double crochet stitched enough rows to make it roughly the same size as the other potholder. I did a little chain loop on the top corner of both.

I think I’m going to super-size my yarny remodel by also crocheting some small appliance covers! Hey maybe I’ll get really crazy and make some scrubbies and dishcloths too!

I can’t wait to see everyone’s muffins – since I just did blueberry last weekend I will be making mixed berry this go around. Plus I’m baking a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting for Easter Sunday!

Thanks for reading!

~ Tami

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27 responses to “Crochet Potholders

  1. Tami ~
    Nice! What yarn did you use? I’ve used Sugar and Cream cotton yarn for my potholders in the past. Cast iron is also my favorite thing to cook in so I used two strands and they are very substantial. And yet I still have a drawer full of ratty old scorched pot holders! Wonder what’s up with that?
    I’ve been wanting to try that plaid technique. A potholder is just the right size to give it a shot.
    Good job!
    Jan

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    • Hi Jan, I used Red Heart acrylic for the potholders. I had the colors I wanted in my scrap stash. When I make some dishcloths I will use some cotton yarn. I’m glad to hear that using 2 strands is heavy enough to use with my cast iron. I love my cast iron!! The pizza pan makes the BEST pizza crust! I find if I pre-bake the crust for about 15 minutes it gets crispy enough on the bottom for me to really pile on a lot of toppings! I really like the plaid technique but be warned you have a lot of pesky ends to deal with for the woven rows. I ended up tying them off and tucking them in between the 2 layers. When I make a full blanket with the plaid I will definitely work the woven ends into a fringe. πŸ˜€

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      • Way back when — whenever that was — I made an acrylic one, but I use pot holders and hot pads interchangeably and sat a hot stock pot on the acrylic and it stuck. Scorched the pot holder and melted yarn residue on the bottom of my pan.
        I had to dump everything into another pot to finish. It took a good scrub to clean it off. That’s when I tracked down Sugar & Cream cotton and that’s all I use for the kitchen.
        I’ll have to try that pizza crust in cast iron. Any particular recipe you use?

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      • Oh thanks for the tip on the acrylic – I will not use these as hot pads! For pizza dough I dissolve 1 tbsp active dry yeat (1 packet, I just buy the jar of yeast) 2 tbsp sugar, 1 1/2 cup warm water. Around 3 to 3 1/2 cup flour, about a tsp salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, basil (no idea what the measurement is on those, maybe 1 or 2 tsp each??) and 3 tbsp olive oil. Mix the dough, a light kneading and then I cover it to let it rise about an hour, but I don’t think you need to do that. Sorry about the approx measurements – I’ve made pizza dough so many times I could do it with my eyes closed! πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you Yolanda! I feel really silly that I didn’t make new ones before my old ones got so ratty! It didn’t take much yarn and the 2 strand one really only took an hour or so to make. πŸ™‚

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    • I love it – the green and maroon in these pot holders had me thinking about a lot of making some Tartan Afghans for Christmas gifts this year! πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Theresa! I love the weaving step in making the plaid! Watching the pattern develop – fascinating! I need to find something to keep my mind occupied while I wait for the next part of your story!!! I am about to burst with anticipating what is going to happen next – I feel more sure of myself that I know what’s coming next – I will absolutely squeal if I’m right!! But if it doesn’t go that way I am still in love with this story and whatever direction you take it I am still itching to find out!!! πŸ˜€

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    • Welcome back from your mini-vacation Rebecca!! I missed you! ❀ These would be a neat gift! I used to love Sunday dinners! I bet she would love it if you made her some potholders or dish cloths! πŸ˜€

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      • Thanks lol! I’m still in bed just browsing ebay haha. I’ve not done much tbh hardly any crochet has been done oops. I’m not sure what I actually have done lol! Yesssss a perfect gift I have drops cotton spare so might wip something up tomorrow x

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      • You deserve a break! I always feel like I don’t do anything. I guess the stack of dishes I’m doing this morning kind of proves that I don’t do anything LOL!! πŸ˜€

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      • LOL if I could cook Easter dinner and bake a carrot cake without needing to do some dishes believe me I would just say screw it and wash them tomorrow! πŸ˜€

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      • You should do what my uncle did once – he put all the dishes outside in a wheel barrow (he was sick of nobody washing up) turned on the hose and blasted them clean πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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  2. Those are pretty! I always use cotton for my potholders, handle covers and dishcloths, because cotton doesn’t melt like acrylic when handling cast iron. That reminds me, I need to make some new potholders and covers for our holiday trailer. Camping season is just around the corner, and I would like to get through this one without burning my fingers. I found out too late the potholders that were in it were not only too thin, but also made of a polyester fabric. Double strand crocheted ones will be replacing the synthetic fiber this year. Oh, and now I want carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Yum!

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    • Carrot cake is so good! I only bake it a couple of times a year. I love my cast iron and it does get really really hot so I may make some cotton ones. πŸ™‚

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