Thursday, November 29, 2007

Felted Mitered Square Potholder

Or "How I Spent My Thanksgiving Weekend"

I had a blast - taught my sister-in-law how to knit & happily spent most of Friday & all day Saturday knitting.

It took a few tries to get the proportions right, but I finally hit on a nice little recipe for a felted mitered square potholder.

Yarn: Any feltable worsted weight yarn. We used Cascade 220 in several colors

Needles: US 10.5/6.5 mm

Gauge: Not all that important, but we got something close to 8 sts/inch

Other stuff: Stitch Marker, Darning Needle

Cast on 32, place marker, cast on 32 more - 64 sts total.

Row 1: Knit to 2 sts before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2TOG, Knit to end
Row 2: Knit all sts

Reapeat rows 1 & 2 until you have 4 sts left on needle, then:
SSK, remove marker, K2TOG (you should have 2 sts remaining now), turn

Remove needle, pull yarn thru remaining stitch & you're done! Well, except for the weaving in of ends & the felting....

Here are some of the stripe patterns I used:

pattern 1:
  • Color A - 6 rows
  • Color B - 4 rows
  • Color C - 2 rows
  • repeat from aboce
pattern 2:

  • Color A - 7 rows
  • Color B - 5 rows
  • Color C - 3 rows
  • Repeat from above (note: you are changing colors on odd-numbered rows & will get the color change line. Which is fine. I like it. Some don't. You *have* been warned, don't bitch at me, m'kay?)
pattern 3:

  • Color A: 8 rows
  • Color B: 4 rows
  • Color C: 6 rows
  • Color A: 4 rows
  • Color B: 6 rows
  • Color C: 8 rows
  • Repeat and/or vary how you will till you run out of rows (And no, I have no idea how many rows there are. I are layzee like that.)
pattern 4 (second pic below)
  • Color A - 4 rows
  • Color B - 6 rows
  • Color C - 2 rows
  • Color A - 8 rows
  • Color B - 4 rows
  • Color C - 6 rows
  • Color A - 2 rows
  • Color B - 4 rows
  • Color C - 2 rows
  • Color A - 4 rows
  • Color B - 6 Rows
  • Color C - 4 rows
  • Color A - 2 rows
  • Color B - 2 rows
  • Color C - 2 rows (? I am just guessing based on the pic. I didn't write this one down....)
I made several potholders, varying the way I striped it - but you don't have to stripe it at all, it works just fine in one color.

Keep in mind that when you are making stripes, if you only change color on RS (or WS) rows, you will have all your ends to weave in on one side. Which will make your fabric just a titch thicker on that side. Alternating the sides you change colors on will spread out ends on both sides, but you get the "color change stripe" as seen here:

cascade potholder

Here's a pre-felted potholder with all the color changes made on a RS row:

cascade potholder2

And, finally, here is a rather wobbly one (the first attempt, actually) where all the color changes were done on a RS row - this is a picture of it after felting and some rather pathetic attempts at "blocking". Which reminds me of another caveat: Try to make your stripes at least 4 rows wide. This one had alternating stripes of 4 rows and 2 rows. Those 2 row stripes are a bitch to weave in later. And there are a LOT of them....And I blame them for the wobbliness.

cascade potholder felted RS

It kinda looks more like a Christmas tree in that picture, doesn't it... I wish I could get better pictures, but they are all at SIL's house.

except the one I had on my needles when I left that I will finish as soon as I finish all these damn Xmas gift clogs I am making...


Blogger Michele said...

Looks like we're unventing the same thing. It took me three tries playing with various decreases to get a mitered garter square that I liked for our afghan project, and now I see that I reinvented the wheel! All's fun in knitting, isn't it? My square is at

I linked here from your Ravelry page...

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