Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Vintage Potholders

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Does anyone else's heart skip a beat when they see a photo of a wall of vintage potholders (like this one)? Inspired by such photos, I made a little collection of potholders from vintage patterns for a gift. I loved making them, and I love how they came out! Want to see more (and get the links to the patterns)?

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This one is made from the Floral Potholder Pattern. Made with size 10 thread and a 1.65mm hook, the finished size was 8 inches. The only thing I changed (besides the colors) was the back. Instead of having an open slit in the back for your hand, I crocheted a solid square in double crochet. (I also crocheted loops for all of the potholders instead of using bone rings.)

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I just love the flowers! The pattern wasn't difficult, but it definitely needed blocking.

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This one is made from the Star Potholder Pattern. With size 10 thread and a 1.65mm hook, the finished size was 7.25 inches.

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Great pattern, but just a bit more time consuming with the popcorn stitches and the color changes. This one may be my favorite from the bunch!

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Next up is the Sunflower Potholder. Maybe it doesn't look much like a sunflower as I didn't make it in the traditional yellow and brown, but I still think it's cute. Again, I used size 10 thread, a 1.65mm hook, and its finished size was 6.25 inches. The border around the petals is worked with the thread held double, and for me was a little time consuming and awkward. However, the result was worth it.

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This is the Red and White Potholder, which I worked in red and pink. I used size 10 thread, a 1.65mm hook, and the finished size was 7.75 inches.

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It was worked very similarly to the Star Potholder pattern with the popcorns and carried thread for color changes. I really like the simple design, and would be interested to see it in different color variations.

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Lastly, this is the Round Potholder Pattern. With size 10 thread, a 1.65mm hook, the finished size was 6.75 inches.

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The back is worked just like the front, but with reverse colors. This was the easiest and quickest of the bunch as it's worked in double crochets, with a simple border crocheting the two together.

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For all the potholders I used Artiste size 10 crochet thread from Hobby Lobby in the colors Eggnog, Juniper, Spearmint, Poppy Red and Peach Blossom. I used one skein of each of the colors, only coming close to running out of the Eggnog.

Well, that just looks like a happy pile of potholders to me! Maybe one day I'll make my own wall of vintage potholders!

5 comments:

  1. they are all just amazing!!!!! really love them, Kate!!!!! Thank you for sharing all the links !!!!! my hands are eager to start……!!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  2. My favourite is the sunflower potholder! My mother-in-law made one for me when I was first married and I still treasure it! I'm defintely following the link-up to that!
    Thanks!

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  3. Yes! I have the same LOVE for vintage potholders. I've participated in a few potholder swaps and have received some beauties. Many times, I hang them on the wall instead of using them. They are just too beautiful to use! Nice work and GREAT colors! Thanks for the links!

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    1. Oh how fun!! And thanks! If you make any of them I'd LOVE to see!!!
      Kate :}

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  4. Love these! What a great gift this will be. Already thinking of making some to give away myself. Thanks so much for sharing this Kate! Love your blog by the way!
    Marian

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