Who doesn't need pot holders? Wool's natural ability to insulate makes it a great choice for this gift . . . just don't choose acrylic or other fiber blends that may melt. The pot holder is fast and easy to make — you can even make it from existing swatches. The charming edges in the style of a log cabin quilt pattern tie the whole thing together.
I Yarn: 100% wool; enough yarn to knit two pattern swatches from elsewhere in the book (cables and other dense patterns are best — no lace, please!), or two existing swatches and 50-60 yards extra yarn for finishing edge
I Needles: Needles in size used for swatches or one size smaller, plus two similarly sized dpns for I-cord; yarn needle for weaving in ends
Knit two swatches of the same size (preferably at least 4 x 4 inches or larger). If you already have two in your knitting basket, grab those. Then follow these instructions to finish the potholder:
This technique is almost like a cross between picking up stitches and the three-needle bind-off, but without the binding off!
If you like bold colors, change your yarn color with each new picked-up edge of the potholder.
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