Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Things I've Learned from listening

So, last week I was at my parents churches craft group and the 3 ladies that were there were making hot pads. I thought it was a great idea. Although I didn't arrive on time, so I didn't know how many they cast on, but I got the rest of the instructions right away. Before we left for the day I asked the lady who was doing the tutorial how many stitches to cast on. Now I've made 3 of them, and find them incredibly addictive to make. So although it isn't my original pattern, I thought I'd share it with you all.

Crocheted Hot Pad


1 Skein of Patons Classic Wool (I got 3 out of one skein)

5mm crochet hook

Darning needle for sewing the one seam shut

Yarn cutter

Gauge isn't a big issue, although you don't want to go loose, tighter is better.


Ch 41

Set up row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end of row. Turn work so that the bottom of the ch is facing up. Sc in in each ch. 80 sc.

Next Rnd: Join to next rnd by sc in next st, sc in each st around.

Continue on in this manner. The two halves should start curling in so that it creates the other 2 corners. It will fold up so that the two sides that you have been crocheting meet up in the middle of the back. Once this happens crochet to one of the corners you have left, cut yarn leaving a 12" tail. Fasten off. Whip stitch the hot pad closed. Weave in ends. Done.

Now I recommend using a natural fiber and not acrylics as acrylics will melt. I haven't tired it with cotton yet, but it can be done.

1 comment:

Patricia said...

I have done stacks and stacks of these potholders with cotton and it does work great. It makes a good, thick, durable potholder.I have also done this in wool and felted it...of course you need to make it bigger if you intend to felt it. I will say the felted version is very nice so if you have some wool yarn in your stash, you should give it a try!!!