With crocheting, it always takes me forever to get things exactly right. I know I’ve mentioned this before: I have a bit of experience with knitting, and a certain ease with it, and I can tweak and rework patterns without much trouble. In contrast, I’m still at that “need things spelled out” stage with crocheting. If something doesn’t look right, or I need to make an item larger or smaller, I’m absolutely clueless!

So, even something as simple as a potholder can totally throw me for a loop. I can’t even count the number of patterns I auditioned during the past few weeks for the 2011 Potholder Swap (on Ravelry, on Flickr). For the most part, they all came out too small for the 6-8″ requirement, and I was stumped about how to make them larger. (They typically come out smaller than expected because I’m using a size C/2.5 mm hook with a worsted weight yarn, for that extra denseness.)

Anyway, after much trial and error, I finally found a pattern that works! Yay!

I started with the Pinwheel Rose pattern from this collection.

I had to modify the pattern a bunch – change the number of repeats, for starters, but also omit several rows to make the potholder smaller. But it seems to be working out alright!

My current plan is to knit two identical “rose bases” which will be held together with the outer bits of the edging you see in the photo (the inner bits will be on one side of the potholder only). I will also nix the little leaves and add a hanging loop.

Seems doable, right?!? Onward!


20 thoughts on “Finally!

  1. flaky

    I am impressed! I am having a hard time getting the hang of crochet. You look like you are well on your way to becoming an expert.

  2. Jessica

    I’m sure you already get this, but if you are making two blue sections, you’ll want them to be mirror images of each other, rather than “identical, to line up right. I think you’d just edge the other side, to do that? In any case, very nice idea!

  3. Seanna Lea

    Yours are gorgeous. I haven’t started mine yet, which is probably a problem. I still have all five of mine from last year, but it seems a little silly to send in the potholders I didn’t get done on time!

  4. Carla

    Looks like fun potholders and you’ve made them come out perfectly, it looks like. Actually I joined that Rav group just to watch the goings-on. (There is too much on my plate at the moment to add potholders with a deadline! Eeeep!)

  5. Diane

    OH – how pretty!! I really should take a break from knitting and crochet beautiful potholders. My Nana used to and I sometimes (after looking at what you are working on) think I should do the same to keep Nana’s legacy alive. I remember looking at what she made and loving each project she had completed. I DO like the flowers very much and your color choices.

  6. Susan

    Love your potholders! If you want to make crocheted items bigger or smaller, you can add some repeats or increase rounds. Often though, you have to change the yarn completely and go with a different hook too.

  7. Chandramouli

    Simple but elegant. Gotta try them myself. Thanks for the photo and inspiration. If ever I try it and complete it, I’ll definitely owe you the rights (if I may).

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