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Topic: Double-Knit Potholders (Totoro & Zero Punctuation)  (Read 6898 times)
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« on: April 16, 2011 05:47:01 AM »

I'd always been a little intimidated by double knitting - it looked so complicated! Then I gave it a try, and it's not so bad. Especially if you start with something simple - like pot holders.

The original pattern that inspired this was from Off The Hook Astronomy's Star Trek Potholders (http://offthehookastronomy.blogspot.com/2009/08/star-trek-pot-holders-free-pattern.html), but I used my own charts to make these (the colours look much better in person - had to take these shots with my phone) :

The imp from Zero Punctuation (an online video series where a sarcastic man reviews games, usually pointing out why they suck) was my first try, large blocks of colour make for less changes.

Then we have the big, small and tiny totoro from the Studio Ghibli classic "My Neighbour Totoro". I've always loved this movie and wanted to incorporate them into craft - they can be simplified so easily and still stay adorable. I do find the white totoro a little creepy though, makes his big tummy look like a gaping mouth (shudder!).

The best part about making these was how quickly they come out. I tend to get bored with repetitious patterns (no finished afghans here), so seeing the picture appear so fast was rewarding and exciting. The double-knitting also ends up making a double layer of fabric, so they're thick enough to take the heat like a good potholder should! It's a great project for beginner dk'ers.
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011 10:38:52 AM »

These look great! I've been intimidated by double knitting too. Maybe I should try making pot holders to get a feel for the technique. I love the designs you knitted!

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011 11:01:18 PM »

Potholders are a great starting project, because they're quick and easy, but also useful when they're finished... and you can use any chart you like. I hope you give it a go Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011 11:25:57 AM »

Double knitting is definitely on my list of techinques to learn, so thanks for sharing your attempts: it's inspiring!  I really love the Totoro one you did, it looks great!
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