While writing this post, a few things ran through my head after I typed "Vintage Potholders" for the title. They started with, "To a lot of people this might sound like the most boring post ever, right after 'The Joys of Watching Paint Dry...'" which led to, "Wait, I for one find vintage potholders pretty darn exciting, so what does that say about me?" then to, "I was probably crocheting potholders on a friday night!" and finally leading to "I'm never going to have kids!!" Hahaha, just kidding. But seriously.
Alright, enough funny business, are you ready to see the potholders that I made for Christmas?! Do you think you can handle all the excitement that potholders are apt to generate? Ok!
Oh, I should mention that you can find all these vintage patterns for free! Exciting, no?! Ok, so this first beauty is from a pattern called Sunflower Potholder. I used size 3 crochet thread and my handy dandy 2.2 mm crochet hook. I found the pattern easy to understand, but crocheting around the petals was a bit time consuming. Regardless, I love how it turned out!
The next potholder up is the Single Flower Potholder. Loved this pattern! It's so pretty, and how cool is that flower in the middle?!
I made two potholders from this pattern because I liked it so much! I know, I'm out of control.
Again I used size 3 thread and my go-to hook for that size thread, my 2.2 mm.
Mmmm mmmm, just look at that 3D flower! You want to touch it, I know you do!
Next up is this sassy number... Red and White Pot Holder. My gauge ended up being a bit smaller for this one, so it took awhile to crochet, but I thought it was such a neat pattern! In the future if I use size 3 thread for this one I think I'll try a bigger hook, or I may just try a cotton worsted weight yarn with an appropriately sized hook.
Oooo, I love those puff stitches! The alternating colors were just picked up from the rounds before, which leaves very little ends to sew in when you're done! Woot woot!!
The pattern called for making the back the same as the front, but to save time, and to give the potholder a bit more flexibility, I made a simple solid back in double crochet. It worked out perfectly. (Straying from the pattern? Rebel, I tell you.)
So there you have it, my adventures in vintage potholdering (yeah, that's right, I just turned "potholder" into a verb! It's getting crazy up in here!). What a wild ride. In all seriousness, I love how these turned out, and I really love adapting old patterns to use in today's kitchen. I guess I have a soft spot for tradition and connecting with women of the past. Perhaps I just have a really old soul. Yeah, I'll go with that... It explains why I'd be sitting at home crocheting potholders on a Friday night! Hahaha!!