Step by step

Two relevant comments popped up in response to my last post. The first one noted that by lining up the eyelets on the front and back of the potholder, I was creating a burn hazard – a hot pot handle would be surely felt through.

Fortunately, the trim is nice and dense, and completely covers the eyelets, so this is not an issue. Besides, I wonder if anyone actually uses these potholders for cooking? To me they are pretty decorative things to hang on the wall.

The second comment pointed out that the right and wrong side of crochet do not look terribly different. Why couldn’t I just crochet an identical front and back, stack them, and attach them together? The front of one would be the front, and the back of the other would be the back.

I don’t disagree that crochet stitches look fairly similar from the front and the back. However, if it’s not too much more effort, why wouldn’t I take the time to make the front and back identical? If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know that I’m not a follower of the “Good Enough” school of thought. Never have been. As they say, your mileage may vary ;).

With that in mind, I finally got to the tedious task of finishing, and created some potholders!

After crocheting the front and back and weaving in their ends, I crocheted the rose. I left a pretty long tail when starting (about 10″), and used this end to sew the rose to the front of the potholder.

Next, I partially crocheted all eight petal swirls, starting each one at the center of the potholder. I didn’t weave in the “starting end” as I went along, and instead used it to tack down the first few petals to the front. This ensured that each swirl stayed down and didn’t flip or stick up.

When I reached the part of the swirl where the front and back sides would be joined, I left a long length of yarn (about 65″) and moved on to the next swirl. This allowed me to start all the swirls easily, with nothing covering the back side of my work. I left the entire ball of yarn dangling off of the last swirl: that one got the hanging loop.

Last, I lined up the back of the potholder, and finished all the swirls. By moving in a counter-clockwise fashion, I was able to tack down the yarn end of each swirl when working the swirl to the left of it.


Very simple, and very pretty, I think! I love how each petal is its own little entity with its own bordering swirl – I think it adds a certain dimensionality to the potholder.

I still have 3 potholders to complete and block (it’s a must: they are so wrinkly right now!), and then they’ll be on their way to Adrian for the swap! The hardest part was figuring out the pattern and order of assembly, now it’s all smooth sailing!


33 thoughts on “Step by step

  1. Brenda

    They’re lovely! And although I don’t share your perfectionist (I can call it that, can’t I?) tendencies, I do appreciate that you go beyond “good enough”.

  2. margaux

    wow. you just blew my mind with your crochet skills. these are gorgeous. and..please do not *actually* use! the thought of this beauty touching a greasy pan…love. 😉

  3. GerryART

    It’s a dual workout that includes the brain :^)

    These are just loverly, Kathy.

    I’d hang ’em on my wall any ol’ time.



  4. Laura

    Thanks for answering my question about the mirrored fronts and backs. They do look lovely from both sides! 🙂

  5. Meg McG

    The dimensionality you created with the petals is something else! The time and attention you put into your projects always pay great dividends. Very pretty!

  6. Maria Neill

    Very cute! They remind me of something my grandmother would have made when I was a little girl…and I am old!!!



  7. Mandy

    For the record, I do not use pretty potholders as potholders. I have mine from the first swap stashed away somewhere, but when I receive this year’s batch, I’ll pull them out and hang them in my recently renovated hallway.

  8. Su1282

    That is just lovely! You may get me to try crochet yet (I mean for more than just edgings of knitwear).

  9. Diana Troldahl

    The potholders are lovely :-}

    I don’t tend to have decorative objects in my kitchen unless I can also use them (my kitchen is very small).

    I find my perfectionist tendencies coming out when I write patterns, but when I make things for myself I find it so relaxing to just let the crochet or knitting flow, unintended design features and all. Of course these were for a swap, which is an entirely different thing :-}

    VERY well-done, especially for someone not as familiar with crochet!

  10. Charlotte

    Very pretty potholders. You could use them as hot pads under dishes rather than as potholders I think. Hanging them on the wall is a good option, too. They remind me of a white one my Mom had with a pink rose in the center and a green edging when I was a girl.

  11. Kay

    Those are turning out gorgeous Kathy! I don’t think I would even get them near a hot plate or stove!

  12. Carla

    I appreciate your “perfectionism” and admire your engineering skills. It is obvious that you spent some time figuring out how to make these pretty potholder exactly like you wanted them. They will be a cut above in the Swap. Wonderful work!

  13. marilyn

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS and if you ever wanted to sell these I would snap them up! Really lovely. Almost inspires me to crochet (but I’m a knitter).

  14. Kathy

    Funnily enough, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the potholders (maybe too vintage-y for my taste) and now that I see them finished I think they are FANTASTIC! You are something. Hope you’re making some to keep for yourself.

  15. janna

    They’re beautiful! I have some pretty potholder my grandma crocheted at least 30 years ago. They’re not so fancy — they don’t have anything 3-dimensional on them — and I use them all the time!

  16. Laura Neal

    Ooh, love the colors…gorgeous! My Aunt used to make things like this when she was still alive. My sisters and nieces all her pieces of her work in our homes and they are treasured items.

  17. Kathy

    These are just lovely. I really like potholders that are crocheted and I do use them, so do not assume they will only be for show. I think these are pretty nifty. Job well done!

  18. Shelda

    Love the “space tentacle” look you have going on in that one photo! Tee-hee.

    And nope, I can’t imagine you ever being of the “good enough” school. That’s one of the things that makes your blog such a delight. I’m not much interested in crocheting (did enough of it in high school), but you make it look fun.

  19. Sue Callahan

    These are amazing! Any chance you will offer your version of the pattern for sale on Ravelry? Your verssion is too gorgeous and I am too uncreative to figure it out.


  20. Maryann

    Pretty, pretty potholders! I love the 3 dimensional look of the petals. Perfectionists should be allowed to indulge their perfectionist tendencies when they craft–I love the fact I can rip back and redo when I knit or crochet.

  21. Z

    I agree with you.

    Crochet stuff I have always thought of as art or decoration. When you really want to use potholders, you buy the kind that look utilitarian, not like art.

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