As mentioned in my post about crochet coasters, I love quick projects. Another thing I love is making something that I actually NEED around the house with yarn that I already have. As we were packing up to move to our new house, I finally threw away the oven mitts that I’d had for years. They were getting kind of threadbare in parts, so they weren’t very efficient at keeping my hands nice and safe while pulling things out of the oven. Instead of going to the store for some new potholders, I took to Ravelry. I found the Folded Potholder by The Boring Knitter right away and immediately got to work!
I used a G hook and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Hot Purple and Overcast. I had already used a bit of the purple on another project, but was able to get about 1 1/4 potholders out of what I had left in the skein. I really liked the asymmetrical stripe look that changing the colors gave on the second guy! I’ve started a third potholder with the gray, but I don’t think there will be enough to finish that one, so I’ll have to find another skein of Lily to finish that off. The pattern was super simple – as the blogger says in the post, it isn’t her pattern, but just one that’s been around forever. The end result is a nice and sturdy double thick potholder that really comes in handy when you’re pulling cookies out of the oven.
Each potholder took me around an hour or so to make (I’m pretty slow with single crochets), but once you get past the first couple rows, you don’t even have to pay attention. A faster crocheter than me could probably knock out a bunch of these in one night. I definitely recommend this pattern to a beginner crocheter who is looking for something to try that isn’t a scarf.
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