When I first discovered that people actually crocheted and knitted dishcloths and washcloths I was astounded. Wouldn’t the traditional square of terry towelling do? And why crochet or knit hot pads and potholders? Why spend that time on making such utilitarian items? Now I know why!
It’s so much fun! What a great way to use small amounts of yarn left over from other projects (these are all crocheted in worsted weight cotton: Lily Sugar’n'Cream, purchased from American Yarns Online). What a great way to play with colour! What a great way to learn new techniques and experiement with shape and form! All incredibly satisfying. Mine will probably end up on a wall as decoration rather than what they were designed for, but you never know.
The Scalloped Potholder (I did make this double-sided, brown on one, yellow on the other)
A Stir Me Up potholder (free Ravelry download) – this one is slightly different on each side as well
Another Flower Hot Pad
And a Starburst hotpad
And that’s it! I’m all out of the yarn – about a metre left of each. I worked all of these with a 4.5mm hook. Lots and lots of fun – why not give one (or two) a try?