Crochet, knit or sew, it’s a great feeling to know that you made something useful yourself, and it’s even better when you can give something nice, attractive and well-made to a friend!
Knitting pot holders is a great way to keep your hands busy while you’re watching TV or waiting for dinner to finish cooking, it’s an excellent and therapeutic way to create a meditative zone for yourself and it’s also a way to create presents and useful trinkets for your own kitchen!
The most important thing to keep in mind when you are choosing a pattern to use for your knitted pot holders is that they will have to be “felted” when they are complete.
This is a process that helps transition the yarn, which will be loopy and have holes in it, into a solid piece of fabric which will be able to protect your hands and fingers when used in the kitchen. In other words – don’t expect to knit a pot holder and be done with it! You will be burned, and sorely disappointed.
To knit excellent pot holders, use a garter stitch and a 10.5 needle. The knit product before felting should be approximately 9 inches wide and 13 inches long.
After felting it will reduce to 7 by 7. The pattern can be as complex or simplistic as you like and can involve as many colors as you want to add. Just be sure to tie off the ends with a crochet hook before felting. Then, to felt the pot holders, put them in a wash bag. On a hot cycle, run the pot holders with one pair of jeans or a large towel, twice. Let them cool and do not dry in the drier.