Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Crochet Success - Potholders

I'm still learning crochet, but when it was announced that the Potholder Swap would be repeated for 2010, I knew it would be a challenge I'd have to take on. It's really wonderful in the way it works too - you crochet 5 potholders that are double thick, mail them off to a location with a self-addressed, postage paid mailer tagging along, and you get back 5 potholders that other people participating in the swap have made. It's a very low-stress swap, too, since all the potholders are made out of cotton, no extra goodies are required, and if you don't get them done in time, you just don't participate. No disappointed swappers - you send in, you get back.

Now, I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of all the variegated potholders, or the ones that have themes like chickens and flowers and giant bows, but I do love me a pretty swatch of color, so that's what I set out to do with my own potholders. I decided to use the Old-Fashioned Potholder pattern by Cathy Ireland, which has been touted on Ravelry as a beginner-friendly choice. After a few basic crochet misunderstandings (no, you don't chain 1 in between each dc) and a wonky first-round potholder, I finally got the hang of it and made something worth sending.

I know it's simple, but I'm so proud.


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