Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Knittin' Potholders


I learned to knit a little over a year ago. If you had told me then that I would be knitting potholders, I'd have said, "Pooh! Who knits potholders?"

Well, I guess I do. I picked up two skeins of this great Lion's Brand Cotton Yarn and I'm hooked. I love how it feels and the best thing is, they are really great potholders. I'm a notoriously messy cook and my potholders get pretty yucky. They get wet and then I burn myself using them for hot pans. But, these double thick cotton potholders really handle the heat. And because they're cotton, they dry really quickly.

I made two identically sized pads (37 stitches across, 42 rows) using a seed stitch (scroll down a bit to watch the video -- click the pink button for Contental knitting and click the blue button for American knitting). I like the waffle effect from this stitch. Then I lined them up and stitched them together at the edges with the cotton yarn. Voila -- a thick sturdy potholder.

Up next -- a tea cosy. I'm taking pattern suggestions.



  1. Another knitter joins the "fray"...how wonderful! So...are you Continental or American? I'm Continental.

  2. Kim,
    I am Continental, too. I learned American, but could not ever feel comfortable doing it. I can knit much faster -- and neater -- using Continental (it's more like crocheting, which I learned when I was young).

  3. I've said it before and I'll say it again - is there anything you can't do? So cool!

    I would love to start knitting again - used to do it when I was in Ireland as a child, in fact it was a required class in elementary school! ;-) My Nana made the most amazing Aran sweaters, until the arthritis kicked in, but I'm sure she would still tutor me.

    I didn't realize there were different geographical styles!? I've heard nothing but good things about that knitting help site, so will have to check it out!

  4. Thanks, Deborah. I really don't have much time to knit, but I squeeze it in when (IF) I sit down at night. Sometimes when the kids are working on their school work and I'm just sitting at the table with them I can knit too.

    I didn't know about the different geographic styles either until I learned Continental, and I don't know if they are true, but that's how they are identified on the website I referred to. To me the American style is very awkward, but I guess it's all in how you learn. The Continental style is also sometimes referred to as German or left-handed. I'm right-handed, but it works great for me. Do check out that website -- I taught myself casting on and off, and the Continental method using that video.


I appreciate your comments -- sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself!