Knit Potholder

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Another week has gone by since I last posted and it has been filled with tons of awesome time with friends and family.  I love getting to relax and enjoy life in January after such a crazy month in December.  What sorts of fun things have you been doing and creating this week?  In the midst of all the family time we have been taking advantage of around our house lately, I have managed to find the time to get a little knitting done.  I have dedicated myself to work on Christmas (and all the other holiday) presents right away this year so I am not rushing around in November and December trying to get it all done!  I know some of the people who receive these gifts read this blog and a lot of times you will know that the gift is DEFINITELY going to be for you at some point.  Well, read it, and forget it!  I have just  resigned myself finally to the fact that you might see your presents in advance!


So for my first completed gift, I knitted some potholders.  It was a very quick and easy knit and a great gift to make for all the different families in my gift giving array!  I was worried they were going to come out looking like such a grandma type of gift, but I loved these so much I am already planning the ones that I am going to make for my own kitchen.  First I made a promise to complete at least one more gift before I knit for myself though!


Diagonal Striped Potholders

Materials: Caron Simply Soft (or any worsted weight yarn) in Country Blue (one skein knits 4 – 6 potholders depending on size), Size 8 US knitting needles, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

This is a beginners knitting project


You will hold two strands together throughout the entire project…the double thickness is necessary for the heat aspect.  Holding two strands of yarn together, CO 30 sts.  Knit first two rows then begin Diagonal Pattern.  The first three and last three stitches of each row are all knit to create a border. 

Diagonal Pattern:

Row 1 (RS): K6, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3

Row 2 and all other WS rows: K3 then purl the purl sts and knit the knit sts until the last 3 sts.  K3

Row 3: K5, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K4

Row 5: K4, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K5

Row 7: K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K6

Row 9: K3, P2, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P1, K3

Row 11: K3, P1, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P2, K3

Row 13: Resume diagonal pattern from Row 1

Continue in Diagonal Pattern until piece meausres 8 inches from beginning, ending on a WS row.  Knit next two rows.  BO and weave in ends.  Knit an i-cord using 3 or four sts and attach as a loop on one corner of the potholder.

*Disclaimer: I did not check the flammability of yarns before knitting.  As with all items used in the kitchen, be careful around heat and flames!


4 Responses

  1. Diane orzo
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    Please help I am trying to knit this pot holder but I a having a hard time with the pattern. I am not understanding what to do with row #2 and all ws rows. If you can explain it a little better I would appreciate it. Thank you

    • Marissa
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      Sure, no problem! For row 2 and all WS rows, you will always knit the first three sts. Then, for the next stitch…if it looks like a knit stitch on the left needle, you will knit it onto the right needle, or if it looks like a purl stitch, you will purl it. So, for row two, the complete row is:
      k6, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3
      But not all WS rows will be exactly the same because it depends on the row before it.
      You will begin every single row (RS and WS) by knitting the first three stitches. That is what gives the potholder its border. Hope this helps!

  2. Stephanie
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    Aren’t you supposed to knit the purl sts and purl the knit sts on the WS rows? Otherwise all the stitches will look the same like the garter stitch.

    • Marissa
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      For the WS rows, when the directions say to knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches, that refers to the way the previous stitches look as you are now looking at them on the WS row, not what the stitches were on the previous row (what was a knit stitch on the previous row now looks like a purl stitch on the wrong side, so you want to purl it to match it). So no, you do not want to make it look like a garter st, and yes, you are doing the opposite of the stitches from the previous row. Thanks for the question!

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