Crochet DIY: Potholders

I am learning how to read and write patterns as I go, so I’m starting small on this new venture. I hope that my dumbing down and explaining of things to learn myself will help some of you guys out as well. I have looked at a few patterns for things that just blew my mind, and they actually deterred me for some time from learning more about crochet patterns. I would have started sooner with this had I not been turned off to the entire thing with my lack of knowledge.

Start small, and build from there, I say.

I do a little more explaining than a lot of written patterns I have seen do, but I appreciate explanations when trying to learn something, and I hope you do to.

This pattern can also be used to make rags, which is what you end up with before crocheting the two pieces together to make the potholder. You can adjust the width by adding or removing chains at the start, or make it longer by adding rows. You can also follow the pattern, but remove chains and rows, and make a little pot scrubber. Just make sure you are using 100% Cotton yarn for these things.

Cotton is more durable. Acrylic will stretch, and not return to its original form, and I personally don’t like the way it feels wet. Cotton will stretch when wet, but return to its form better than other material. You can use blends if you want, but I prefer 100% Cotton.

You can find yarn specific for making wash cloths, which would work for this, but most of the time, products cost more when tailored to specific purposes. I use Peaches & Creme 100% Cotton yarn from Walmart. A 2 oz. skein where I live in east Texas is under $2. A large cone of it is a little over $8, so it is very affordable. If you can find it locally, you will more than likely save money. Amazon had the same cones of yarn for almost $11, so check your local shops before resorting to the internet. You would be surprised what you may find.

Also, Thrift stores are AMAZING. My local thrift store, whose proceeds go to my local library, almost always has a decent selection of yarn, although mostly acrylic, for around 50 cents to $1 for entire skeins. You will pay more than double that for the same thing at the big box stores. Unfortunately with all the hoopla of “the rona”, some Thrift stores may be closed. It is worth a shot to look into though.

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Many blessings,
Emma Lee

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