How to Knit Potholders

By Contributing Writer

Whether you are making them for yourself or someone else, handmade potholders are often much nicer than anything you find in a store.This project is a breeze if you already know how to knit. If you do not, you may find it a little more challenging. If this is your first time knitting, do some background research to familiarize yourself with the terms used in this article. Here are some tips to guide you through the process:

How to Knit Potholders

Begin by choosing a color that you like or that matches the color scheme of your kitchen. Visit a craft store or search the Internet for different yarns. Worsted weight yarn is best for potholders, the others are too thin and are likely to not protect against burns and heat. Like all kitchen tools, potholders get dirty easily; make sure that your yarn is machine washable and dryable.

Once you have chosen your yarn, cast 50 stitches onto your size 7 knitting needle. Leave the “tail” at the end hanging. Later you will weave it into the potholder.

Knit 73 rows. Try to apply the same amount of pressure when you pull the yarn at the end of each stitch. This will ensure that the edges of your potholders will be even.

After you have knit the 73 rows, carefully close off your potholder. Leave a 3-inch “tail” at the end and cut off the rest of the yarn.

Repeat these steps to make your second potholder. When both are complete, use a crochet hook to carefully weave the tails into the potholder. Do not cut them off or the potholder may unravel. Once you have woven at least 2 inches of the tail into the potholder, you may snip off the excess yarn.

You’re all finished! If desired, you may knit a loop or sew one onto your potholders to make it easier to hang them. Providing that you used machine-safe yarn, you will be able to wash and dry your potholders in a washer and dryer. Use cold water in the washer and do not bleach. Dry with medium heat.