Potholders!

My last project, the star-shaped baby blanket, was commissioned by my cousin. She also said that she wanted some of the potholders that I had made, a while back…

The pattern I used is called the African Flower Mandala Potholder and it was written in part (she turned it into a mandala potholder) by a lovely woman named Alice Best. She is the author of one of my favorite blogs: Crochet with Raymond.

I got the central flower portion of the potholder pattern from Heidi Bears. I just love her bears made with this flower! So cute!

Anyhoo… For these potholders, I used Peaches’n Cream cotton yarn (seven different colors) and a size I (5.50mm) crochet hook.

These potholders are really fun to make! The possible color schemes seem endless! They work up quickly, too. It takes me about 3-4 hours to make one complete, two-sided potholder. They are made with double crochet and single crochet.

The potholders are approximately (my guess without measuring) 10-12 inches in diameter. A nice size for potholders; no concern about your hand being bigger than the potholder and getting burned.

And they are nice and thick. The backs (which I’m not showing, because they’re boring) are a solid circle of double crochet, with no spaces. Between the thick back and the thick front, there is plenty of protection from the heat of pulling hot things out of the oven, or off the stove.

So, all six of these babies are going off to live in California. I do so hope that she likes them!

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