Potholder Mania

Back in May, it was potholders and hotpads all the time, as I worked feverishly to finish the set of five I needed for this swap. rbpotholders.jpg Even though I dithered about it at first, I couldn’t resist joining Hot Pads! And Potholders – The Swap. We had to crochet five potholders, and we could use any color, but had to use the same pattern for all five. After sending them in to the swap leaders, the potholders were re-distributed and five new potholders made by others were returned to us, a lovely reward!

It took me a while to find a design to use; I knew this one was a winner as soon as I saw it featured at Annie’s Attic Free Pattern of the Day. Even so, I worried that the thin cotton thread would not be appropriate as a potholder even when double-layered. So I crocheted a prototype in pink and green, and it worked very well for its intended use. Making the test potholder also showed me a few minor adjustments I wanted to utilize when making the rest.

For instance, the instructions ask that the two front/back pieces be joined with the contrast color (used on the front). However, this results in a contrast round on the back (see fifth photo in thumbnail gallery below). There isn’t anything really wrong with this, and it could even be considered cute and homey, but I preferred to have a better transition, so I joined the fronts and backs of the other four potholders with whichever color I used for the edging.

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I had such fantastic fun with arranging the different ways to use the colors I chose. I love red and blue together, but for some odd reason, I don’t naturally think of using them together. I first found the red thread at Wal-Mart where the color options were limited and I couldn’t decide on a contrast to use with it. Browsing the many colors available online overwhelmed me, but after a quick visit to ColorSchemer, I had an ideal combination to use!

It has been such fun to browse all the beautiful potholders posted at the swap’s Flickr pool, and even more exciting when they were all collected together. But the apex of excitement was when I found my SASE in the mailbox yesterday! potholderswap3.jpg Seriously! Aren’t these all wonderful! Of course, I have a fondness for green and purple together, but the other color schemes are wonderful! And I’m thrilled that I got the retro-style one made with bottle caps. The granny pentagon is soft and squishy! The orange-pink-purple-brown one is wonderfully textured, that I just had to try and get a photo to show that.
potholderswapcu.jpg From left to right, and top to bottom, these were made by: Beth (buhnuh on Ravelry), Lynda (littleloops on Ravelry), maryse, Dawn, and Reve (on Ravelry). potholderswap2.jpg THANK YOU to all five people whose beautiful potholders I’ve been lucky to receive, and to Adrian, Maritza, and Maryse for coordinating this terrific swap!

Pattern: “Pineapples & Picots” by Hazel Henry, Crochet With Bits & Pieces (this pattern was excerpted on Annie Attic’s Free Pattern of the Day on March 26, 2009). Size: 7? diameter Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet, Aqua, Parakeet, and Victory Red Hook: Boye Steel 6 (1.8 mm)

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10 Responses to “Potholder Mania”

  1. Chris Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Ok, how cool is it that you got green and purple potholders?! :)

  2. Kay - From the Back Yard Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Turquoise and Red! Wow, the colors are jewels together, and I really like the pattern you did, too.

  3. deb Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    our knitting group is doing our own version mini-swap. Making a few for each other and one each for a a member’s daughter who is getting married in October! Yours are beautiful!

  4. Carrie K Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    All these potholders! I can’t believe how cute they are.

  5. Sydney Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    What fun potholders! I really like the ones you did too. I wouldn’t have thought of turquoise and red together but it looks great.

  6. opal Says:
    June 20th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    i love the potholder mania! so inspiring! and thanks for the link to the color schemer. what a handy app!

  7. rina Says:
    June 21st, 2009 at 10:33 am

    WOW. Cute potholders. And they must be portable projects. You just inspired me to start crocheting my UFO potholder.

  8. Guinifer Says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    They could be any design in the world if they were in those gorgeous jewel colors!

  9. knittymama Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Your red and turquoise potholders make me want to redecorate my entire kitchen!

  10. kmkat Says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    My grandmother used to crochet potholders all the time. She had a collection of them hanging on the wall above the stove. My favorites were one that was a bunch of grapes made by crocheting over bottle caps and another that looked like a slice of watermelon complete with seeds.

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