I believe it is very IMPORTANT
In fact it is a must that you use 100 % Cotton when knitting potholders..
Acrylics could burn or melt..
Store bought potholders were just not working for me. They were either to thin giving me reason to believe that it would not keep me safe from a burn or they were so bulky, that I could hardly bend them, again, causing me to worry about getting burned, Because they feel so awkward.
I definitely did need new potholders. Mine were simply worn out, And that is not to mention how ugly they were getting to be. So finding a solution was something that needed to be taken care of.
I couldn't even find a knitting pattern that, only needed one strand of yarn. If I did then I needed to knit the pattern twice and then sew the two knit pieces together. I don't per say mind making two, but when I do make two , then I want two potholders.
So I set to work creating a knitting pattern that would work for me. I needed a potholder that was suitable for me to be able to hold hot cooking equipment, my pots and pans as well as bake ware, safely and comfortably.
The potholder had to be thick enough to keep me from getting burned , but not so thick that I couldn't wrap it around a handle of a hot pan. it had to be easy to make and machine washable. And I wanted to use only one strand of yarn.
So the pattern below seems to be working for me..I like the feel of it in my hands . It feels safe and its pretty too..I will be making more in some really fun colors.
The following is the first pattern I came up with. So far it is working for me.
Size US 6 circular Needle..16"
Cast on 64
Join to work in the Round.
Rnd 1 Knit
Rnd 2: Knit
Rnd 3 : Knit 2 Purl 2
Rnd 4: Knit 2 Purl 2
Repeat round 1 - 4 until pieces measures desired length
End with Rounds 1 and 2.
Bind off . Leaving long tail for sewing.
Using tapestry needle sew ends closed
Potholder Or Hot Pad
This is a great beginning project -- the hot pad is luxuriously thick and won't develop thin spots like store-bought potholders! I love the bright solid colors that were used in these potholders. Must register with Lionbrand to have access to the free pattern.
Tea Cup pot Holder
Tea Cup Pot Holder
Lily Download Free Pattern Details:
Sugar N Cream - Tea Cup Pot Holder (to knit)
This tea cup-themed pot holder is a great introduction to colorwork. Shown in Lily Sugar 'n Cream. Size 8mm (U.S. 11) knitting needles
Knit Potholder With Free Pattern
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Faythe Payne (author) from USA on May 18, 2013:
Thank you misslong123 for the visit...and the follow..following you back.
Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on May 18, 2013:
Thank you for sharing your great pattern! It seems like we both have a passion for knitting. I look forward to following your other hubs and hope you will follow mine as well. Great job!
Faythe Payne (author) from USA on February 21, 2013:
Thank you Vickiw. knitting helps me relax and get my mind off of hubs and other things for awhile anyway....
Vickiw on February 21, 2013:
You are so talented! Lovely little pattern, it tempts me to knit in the evening instead of fretting over my next Hub!