Sunday, December 15, 2013

How to Knit a Pot Holder / Hot Pad on a Knifty Knitter Loom

This is a good first project for new loom knitters, because it is quick and easy. It will help to enforce the basic steps of loom knitting. The pot holders also make nice gifts. The pattern uses the no wrap (flat stockinette) stitch knitted as a spiral continuously around the pink loom. This spiral knitting creates a tube of knit. Before you remove the knit from the loom, pull the bottom up and sew through the loops to sew it closed.

What you'll need:
  • Pink long Knifty Knitter loom
  • 1 skein multi-color medium weight yarn
  • yarn needle
  • Knifty Knitter hook
  • Crochet hook
  1. E wrap around the loom once.
  2. Working in a continuous spiral around the loom, knit 40 rows using the no wrap stitch.
  3. Reach down through the middle of the loom and pull up the bottom. Using a yarn needle and spare yarn, sew the bottom together. Push the bottom back into the loom.
  4. Cast off using the crochet cast off by following the path of the yarn.
  5. Using a crochet hook, crochet the top of the pot holder together using a slip stitch, or single crochet stitch.
  6. When you are finished, chain a small loop for hanging the pot holder.
Typically, I prefer yarns made from natural fibers, but this is one project that I would definitely recommend yarn from a synthetic fiber, such as polyester, or acrylic. Natural fibers "breathe" and conduct heat more readily. Synthetic fibers are better at blocking the heat and keeping it away from your hands and table tops.

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