Friday, January 11, 2013

Vintage Potholders

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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!

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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!

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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?!

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I made two potholders from this pattern because I liked it so much!  I know, I'm out of control.

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Again I used size 3 thread and my go-to hook for that size thread, my 2.2 mm.

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Mmmm mmmm,  just look at that 3D flower!  You want to touch it, I know you do!

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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.

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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!!

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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!!

12 comments:

  1. So, "Pot-holder-Kate" you have been extremely busy with your hook! I love that top flower-shaped one. I have a couple of little ones my mother-in-law made me years and years ago. I could never bring myself to use them because they're so pretty, but they always decorated my kitchen! I couldn't use your lovely single flower one either for the same reason! I like the pale yellow and green pattern with the raised ridge decorating in a curvy X-shape. Good work!

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  2. Lovely potholders! You've definitely mastered the fine art of potholdering. And don't feel bad about the Friday nights spent crocheting - that's just how we bad people roll! ;)
    xo,
    wink

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  3. Great pot holders , thanks for the link to the patterns,

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    1. Thank you!
      Happy potholdering!
      Kate :}

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  4. I really like the one with the red flower!!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  5. They're great, Kate! All the people who MATTER would be excited about crocheted pot holdrers!!! ;-)
    I especially love the last-but-one. I love the colours and the stripes!
    Happy Friday!
    Carly
    x

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  6. All the potholders look great. I remember my Grandma having one of the rose potholders (she didn't make it though). :)

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  7. I have one of those single flower potholders hanging on my wall. I didn't make it, got it at a garage sale. I love it. Well done.

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  8. Love the flower one. And the first one too. I have some My Grandma made that are so cool. I want to frame them.
    Thanks for sharing them.

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  9. All your potholders are just lovely. I am glad I found your blog (through the squaring the big circle pattern on ravelry, of course). I think your potoldering is an art form and these should be framed and displayed! :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! Nice to "meet" you Lynn, and I'm so glad you found the blog!
      Happy crocheting!
      Kate :}

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