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The Best Potholders Ever…

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Complimentary colors for my sister in law

Lately I’ve had a hankering for simpler projects than I usually have in my hands. And after some recent stress and discouragement I found myself looking back for sources of comfort, to one of the very first “real” projects I ever learned to crochet some 30+ years ago – my Grandmother’s pattern for potholders.

Grandma’s double layer potholders have, to this day, been the absolute best potholders I’ve ever had. (And I’ve bought a lot of pot holders and hot pads too.) She made me a pair some 20 years ago that became my everyday potholders in motherhood. They’ve never burned me. They’ve never torn nor have they fallen apart from singeing and heat. Neither have any of the ones I’ve made in child or adulthood before or since. (Can you tell I cook – a LOT?) They wash and dry so well and overall, they still look pretty good! And not only that, but I prefer them equally to cork for use as hot pads too, when I need to set something on the counter or table.

They’ve done an excellent job of protecting my furniture from heat damage.

Various sizes, even for my little tea pot

The potholders you see pictured here are the new ones I made last week. I made several in different sizes, even some small enough for my little tea pot. And a complimentary pair for my sister-in-law who dug through my bag ‘o yarn and picked out the fibers. I really like how the textures play out.

It was comforting to “sit with Grandma” again. I’ve updated the look a bit, but in my heart it’s still Grandma’s pattern.

Miss you…

Categories: Crochet, Family
  1. July 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I like the double layer ones too! How wonderfully our craft connects us with the woman past, doesn’t it? I always always think of my grandmother and her knitting when I knit. She was the one that taught me. It *does* feel like she is still there with me… What a great post!

  2. August 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Hey SpinnDiva!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Both my grandmas helped teach me to crochet and both had their ways and things to teach. This was Grandma Leona’s. I loved staying at her house and always woke up to the smell of breakfast cooking there. Never experienced that anywhere else and it was like a luxury to me. She taught me about canning and freezing too out of Grandpa’s garden for the county fair and she was always experimenting with her cooking. So these potholders really remind me of her, with the food and cooking memories.

    Thanks for sharing about your Grandma! I look forward (though not too soon) to being a cool grandma myself someday. 😉


    SpinnDiva is a fellow yarnie and designer. You can check her blog out at: http://ramblingdesigns.blogspot.com/.

  3. shelli
    February 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    These sound amazing. Is there a link to the pattern?
    Thanks so much

    • February 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Shelli,

      Thanks for visiting and thank you for your compliment! The pattern was my grandmother’s though. I have no plans to publish her pattern at this time, but perhaps in the future. I’ll have to do some research and talk with the family first.


  4. Sheryl
    September 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I was so happy to find this site as these were the potholders my mother-in- law made for me years ago, and I loved them. I lost the ones she made me that matched my kitchen colors in a kitchen fire, and wanted to make some. Sorry not to be able to find the pattern. Will have to keep searching.

    • September 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Sheryl, funny you should mention wanting a pattern. That post was written two years ago and since then, my last grandmother passed away and left me her hooks. This past summer, I decided to put these potholders on my list of crochet patterns to work on writing out and publishing. It’ll be a couple weeks before I can work on it, as I put other projects ahead of it, but would you be interested in testing it for me? Like me, you have a positive connection to these and I need a tester for the writing. It’s not a hard pattern at all. I’ll copy this to your email address as well….


    • September 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      PS I’ve also morphed all my crochet and blog writing over to http://AberrantCrochet.wordpress.com. So be sure to join me over there!

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