Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scallop Reveal--Potholders!

It's interesting to think about how a project comes to be. I cook and bake quite a bit, but I'd never once thought about crocheting a potholder until I saw a couple of blog posts about it. Dani posted about some colorful ones she'd made, and then I saw that Carol Anne had made some scalloped ones. After that I couldn't get the idea of crocheting a potholder out of my head. 

I ended up using that same scalloped pattern for my potholders; in addition to the fun edging, I also like the raised lines radiating from the center and the old-fashioned-feel of these potholders. 

Like Dani, I don't think I can bear actually using my potholders to get hot, bubbling dishes from the oven. I do think these will make lovely trivets for using at the table, though. They're double-thickness so my table won't get burned by straight-from-the-oven pans.

I originally made the red one for a friend, but then I couldn't part with it, so I made the blue for her instead. I think I'm only able to give it away because there is nothing blue in my kitchen. I am such a selfish crafter!

Making these potholders has already led me to other projects. I love the raised designs you can make using front post double crochet (fpdc). I first discovered fpdc while making this hat, but these potholders rekindled my love. I have several projects in the works that use fpdc to make cables. I'm so excited about them!

If you'd like more information on the potholders, here it is: pattern, red one, blue one.


  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these potholders!

    Hope your week has started out great!

  2. I was the same way! I always saw people crocheting potholders but never cared to do them myself until I saw pictures online of groups of potholders in different colors and patterns and they looked so beautiful together. After that I added a bunch on my ravelry to do. I love how they are a small project and I usually learn something new with each pattern!

    Yours are beautiful by the way! I love the red one too!

  3. i like both of the would be hard to choose a favorite. great job. I went and looked at your hat and I loved it too. I'm a beginner at crochet, but your projects make me want to learn more.

  4. Lovely! I think that's a great pattern! Nicely done. Ruffled scalloped edges make anything great, don't they?

  5. Lovely. Thank you so much for the links Allison. I didn't know the pattern, and I can't wait to give it a go (I tend to get paralyzed when I see written instructions instead of a chart, but I'll patiently work through them, or make my own chart even!)

  6. I love love love those potholders. Have you seen the amazing wall of potholders on Kate (foxs lane) blog? if you haven't let me know and I'll find the link for you. I need a bigger kitchen wall, lol!

  7. They are works of art! And welcome to the selfish-crafters' club....At first I was too critical of my work and figured no one would want anything with many imperfections. Now, I'm just liking the things I'm making and I don't want to share (haha). So, I understand completely. I'm off to see how this is done. And, I'm getting ready to try making some quilted pinwheels. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Squee!!! Love them.

    They are addictive.

  9. If you send me a pot holder I will send you a Halloween banner.
    Love, Camille

  10. Hello Allison! I enjoyed your little visit and come to reciprocate. Meeting this beautiful work. I am a big fan of potholders.
    I liked your blog is very creative!.
    Hugs, Elisabeth Arruda

  11. Oh, Allison..! These are beautiful..! I don't know how how you chose which one to keep and which 0ne to give away - they are both just lovely.

    I love your enthusiasm for life and artistic endeavors... It's contagious! Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself here with us. It's always a real treat to visit you.


  12. Gorgeous potholders Allison!
    Vivienne x

  13. Those are so pretty. I have to try and make one this fall...


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