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« on: December 28, 2007 01:48:41 AM »

Hello everyone,

My apologies for this long post, but I like it when people 'explain' their choices and difficulties during a project.

Hereby I proudly present, my own, homemade potholders / dishcloths.
I am not quite sure what the correct term should be in English / American.
They are supposed to be used to avoid your hands from getting burned when lifting hot things while cooking.

I used this pattern to figure out how to get the 'angle' in the design:

But mainly it is my own 'design'.
I choose to use three colours, so I could change colour in each row, without needing to 'carry the thread' along each row.
Also, it was the first time that I used 'borders' / edging.
I couldn't understand the instructions in the 'original' pattern, so I tried to find a more understandable (shell) pattern, but I adapted it a little. The original pattern called for skipping two stitches between two adjoining shells. I thought this made the shells too far apart, so I skipped only one.

What I would do different next time (long and rambling):
- Probably use thicker thread (though they are quite capable now, I think it looks nicer)

- In addition to that, use a larger hook. I now used a 3.5 hook, and towards the end, I found that the potholders didn't grow fast enough.

- Use a different 'way of working' for the border. I nowused the dark blue around all corners. Then did the shell-border at the low side, and then I had to start 'again' for the 'hook' on the top. Next time, I think it would be better to do the 'bottom' first, then do one side, then do the 'top' and finally do the last side.
However, if anyone has better ideas, I am all ears.

- Change colour after two rows instead of one (so the individual colours look better individually). If you look in close-up, you can see that no colour can really 'show; itself. I think that from a distance they would still look nice, but from close up they would look nicer.

Ah well, my mother-in-law was very happy with them , and they were put to good use during Christmas (so everyone could get a good look at them).

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007 11:43:10 AM »

those are pretty darn cute.. i need potholders... Cheesy.. wanna be my daughter in law??
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007 11:52:33 AM »

These are really nice. Potholders or hotpads are what most people call them. They're very beautiful. I love the use of 3 colors and the border. Great job!

I like to do personal swaps now and again.

I knit, crochet, and make stitch markers.

Just pm me if you wanna swap. Smiley
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007 06:21:45 PM »

VERY NICE!!!  Can't ever have enough hotpads:)))

« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007 07:30:42 AM »

Thank you all very much for your positive comments.

They were used over Christmas (my MIL was really in need of a new pair), and the stains on them filled me with even more pride: I made something actually usefull.
Now, of course, they can be ruined by washing them. But that will make a good story (and maybe an excuse to make a new pair).

And soulcrochet, my current MIL is more than sufficient (meant in the most positive way possible) . But if I happen to need more in the future, you are on the top of the list :-)



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