Thursday, May 17, 2012

rediscovering crochet

Fanciful flower potholder
i've been bit by the crochet bug again. i ordered a bunch of knitpicks dishie to make some dishcloths and potholders for a wedding gift. my urge to create now and not wait was strong so i dug up some leftover cotton yarns to get some practice. this is the fanciful flower potholder pattern. i used some lionbrand kitchen cotton, sugar n cream, and i love this cotton with an I hook. some of the numbers don't seem right on the base but it really doesn't matter very much--it's easily fudge-able. i probably wouldn't recommend it for a brand-new crocheter, however, or someone who is a stickler for following the pattern.

one thing i don't love about yarny potholders is that regardless of the thickness they aren't very heat resistant. i tried this one out last night to take a pan of bread out of the oven and i had the same issue. so i think i'm going to quilt a layer of insulbright to a quilting cotton backing and sew it on to the base to see if that helps.

i do adore the kitschiness of crochet potholders. they really do brighten up the kitchen.

3 comments:

  1. That's a clever idea! I am curious to see if it works. My aunt crocheted me some potholders for the wedding. They are hot pink and purple, but the thought was sweet!

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  2. Pretty!  Why is it crochet seems like a summer thing?  The more openness of the stitching??
    Didn't know KP had a dishcloth line--I love the "kenai" color.  Someone naming their yarn has been to Alaska!  LOL!

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  3. I agree, I have my crochet potholders decorating the sides of my white kitchen cabinets!  I don't use them for pulling things out of the oven, but they make great hotpads for once you get the stuff out, and they are SO homey.  I think I've queued about a million patterns...

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