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.