Monday, December 17, 2012

Potholder Pattern #2 (A Tutorial)

The following post is a copy of my guest post over at Sugar Bee Crafts from earlier this month.




(I'll leave my little introduction intact, just in case you are a new reader!) Hello, Sugar Bee Crafts Readers! My name is Rachel, and I blog over at The Philosopher's Wife.  I like to blog about my life, my crafts, things that matter to me, and whatever piques my interest.  I am a Stay-At-Home-Mom for my adorable daughter Catherine and I am wife to my wonderful husband, who, you might have been able to guess, is a Philosopher!

I love making pot-holders!  (You can read more about that here.)  I'd bet that many of you have a pot-holder loom hanging around the house.  It is time to dig it out, because I am going to share a pattern with you today that you're going to want to try!

(Before beginning, I highly recommend using the Harrisville Designs Pot-Holder Loom, but I especially recommend their loops.  Many of the loops that are found in craft stores these days are made from a cheap jersey material that is purely for decorative purposes--it even melts when it gets too hot!  The Harrisville Design Loops are 100% cotton and make pot-holders that can be used for years!)



Make sure that you have enough of both colors that you intend to use.  


Start with Color One (Red) on both ends and add the loops as every other until they meet in the middle, where there should be two Reds.  My loom has 18 spokes, so spokes 9 & 10 should both be Color One--in this case, Red.


Do the exact same pattern, again with Color One (Red) on the outer most and in the middle, while doing a basic weave.  


Before trying to hook off the ends, push all of the loops towards the center.  Do this from all four sides and you should be able to easily crochet the ends together.  Add a few stitches with needle and thread to the final loop for added strength.  


Have your kids help make some pot-holders and then they can give them as gifts at Christmas.  Better yet, put together a couple of cookies-in-a-jar, some hot-chocolate jars, and the pot-holders in a basket with some ribbon and you have a lovely handmade gift that is easily tailored to anyone's tastes.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!

I have another pot-holder tutorial that you might be interested in: the "Houndstooth" How To.



Thank you, Mandy, for this opportunity to guest post!

If you want to get really fancy with this pattern, you can try to make  a pot-holder like this one:



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7 comments:

  1. I love this potholder. I used to make them many years ago, but now one of my daughters makes piles of them. She made several for everyone in the family for the holidays - I cherish these and use them not only for potholders but as coasters as well. I agree whole heartedly that the cotton ones are the best!!

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  2. I remember making those years ago as a teen. Always handy! Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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  3. Thanks for showing how to do this and for linking to my first weekly linky party. I'm hoping you can make it every week so I can see what else you are up to!! Best wishes for a safe and happy weekend. Linda

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  4. Love this pattern. I came over from "The Grant Life".

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  5. I used to make these when I was a kid! Those looms make very nice pot holders. I like the colors you chose. (BTW, did you know that when guest posting, it hurts the SEO to duplicate a post? I recently learned this. It's best to write a post on your own blog announcing you're guest posting over at the other site that day, and to go check it out.) Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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  6. Ok, I've made dozens of these, and never realized you could get patterns like this - and that it would be so relatively simple! I'm so impressed! Found you on Hookin' on Humpday. :)

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  7. Also, never DREAMED of making particular patterns. Going through a second childhood (with the help of my 7 year old granddaughters), and found that I had 2 pot holder looms around.

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