Knit, woven and crocheted hot pads or potholders can really brighten your winter kitchen and elevate your mood daily. They can be simple or intricate, stuffed with batting or backed with another pad in another color. No matter the size, shape, or finishing techniques, you will grow to love them for their simplicity, functionality, and subtle charm. Some days you'll be drawn to bright and funky colorways, and others, you'll reach for the blues and greens that calm you after a hectic day.
I've included some of the potholders I've made over the years and still use every day in my kitchen above. A few of them are projects I've rec'd from other crafters as Craft It Forward items. They are the ones I cherish the most. The simple act of creating something wonderful and sending it out into the world to inspire another is one of the things I love most about knitting, crochet and other crafts.
Many times I use my project gauge swatches made with worsted acrylic or cotton for potholders. A simple knit or crochet trim makes a nice finish. Please don't dismiss these lovely accessories. If you're new to knitting or crochet, they are wonderful projects to help you practice tension and gauge, try new stitches with no worries, and learn how to join different colors of yarn to your project. They're a wonderful portable project to take along anywhere you have to wait, ride, or need a creative break.
Below are some of my favorite free knit or crochet patterns for potholders from LionBrand.com.
For Valentine's Day:
Free Knitting Pattern: Heart Potholder or Free Crochet Pattern: Heart Potholder
A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity
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Margaret (seeking simplicity in everyday life)