Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I love crochet. My mom loves knitting. I crochet for her, she knits for me. Works. This is not always the case in my gift inclined relationships. Case in point - I crocheted a fabulous scarf for a friend last Christmas and I have yet to see her wear it. That's ok - I respect her tastes. Regardless, this year I made her something that I knew she would use and that she doesn't have to wrap around her body - a cool potholder. Here is the pattern and it is also available on ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribs-for-dinner-potholder) along with some of my other designs.
Stitches used: Ch, sc, dc, frpdc, rev sc.
Skill Level: Easy+
The basic construction of this potholder is incredibly simple – two rectangles crocheted together – and
creates a very sturdy, very thick potholder that can also be used as a trivit. The stitch pattern you use, a front post double crochet, creates nice texture integrating form and function. The piece is edged in a reverse single crochet and, like any potholder worth its salt, it has a handy loop for hanging near your stove.
- Two balls Lily Sugar 'n; Cream, or other 100% cotton yarn
(approx. 2 oz./ 95 yds per ball)
- Size G crochet hook
- Yarn needle
Finished measurements: Approx. 7 ½ in. x 9 in.
Potholder Panel (Make 2):
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in ea ch to end. Turn. (29 dc).
Row 2: Ch 1, skip first dc, 1 sc in ea dc, ending with 1 sc in 3rd ch of foundation ch. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, skip first sc, *1 fpdc around dc in row 1 (below next sc and skipping this sc), 1 sc in next sc.* Rep from * to * across, ending with 1 sc in 1st ch of turning ch.
Row. 4: Ch 1, skip first sc, *1 sc in fpdc, 1 sc in sc.* Rep from * to * across, ending with 1 sc in last fpdc, 1 sc in 2nd ch of turning ch. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 2, skip first sc, *1 fpdc around fpdc below next sc (skipping this sc), 1 sc in next sc.* Rep from * to * across, ending with 1 sc in turning ch. Turn
Rep rows 4 and 5 for a total of 30 rows, or until piece measures 7 in. from beg. Finish off.
Row 1: With wrong sides together, crochet the two pieces together, beginning at the upper left corner and working 29 sc across to end. 3 sc in corner st and continue down the sides of the piece with 21 sc evenly spaced to corner. 3 sc in corner st and continue across bottom to corner with 29 sc evenly spaced and 3 sc in corner st. Work 21 sc evenly along last edge of piece and 3 sc in last corner st. Join w sl st to beg sc.
Row 2: Ch 2. Work rev sc along edges around piece to beg, join w sl st. Ch 10 and join w sl st to first sc, creating a loop. Work 10 sc in loop and join to first ch. Finish off and weave in all loose ends. Now get cookin'! £