Years ago, my Mom made me a sewn potholder that had a pocket on one side - the pocket was there so that I could insert my hand & use the potholder as an oven mitt. Recently I noticed that these were becoming very worn, so, I decided to knit some up, and here is the pattern that I came up with. ˚Ü˚
Potholder MittPattern by:
Materials:- approximately 144 grams Bernat Handicraft Cotton
- 4.5 mm needles
- darning needle
- row markers (2)
- stitch holder
- 4.5 mm crochet hook
NOTE: for safety reasons do not use an acrylic yarn as the Potholder Mitt could melt ... use only 100% cotton.
Pot Holder Instructions:
- Holding 2 strands of yarn together, cast on 30 stitches
Rows 1 - 3: knit every row for 3 rows
Row 4: knit 3 stitches (place marker), knit in front and back of rest of stitches until you come to the last 3 stitches, (place marker) knit 3 stitches (54 stitches)
Row 5: k3, slip marker, *k1, yarn in front (as if to purl), slip 1 (as if to purl), yarn in back (as if to knit)*; repeat between *'s across to marker (stitch before marker should be a slip 1), slip marker, k3
NOTE: as you are working Row 5, put a piece of waste yarn through the 24 stitches that you knit (as you are knitting them) ….. these stitches are not removed from the needles, they are merely holding the waste yarn to make it easier to see where you will get the 24 stitches for the mitt portion of the pattern. You will continue working all the stitches between the markers (48 stitches) for the entire double knit portion of the pattern (some will be knit & some will be slipped).
The knit stitch has been made, in this photo and the darning needle has been inserted in the knit stitch …. you can see the waste yarn that has been put through each knit stitch:
Row 6: k3, slip marker, *k1, yarn in front (as if to purl), slip 1 (as if to purl), yarn in back (as if to knit)*; repeat between *'s across to marker (stitch before marker should be a slip 1), slip marker, k3
Continue to work Row 6 until piece measure 9.5" from cast on edge.
This next picture shows how the work is progressing on the side with the waste yarn …. waste yarn stays in place as the work continues:
- Knit 3 rows
- Bind off ….. when 1 stitch is left on your needle, switch to crochet hook and crochet a chain of 15. Cut yarn and pull through last chain, now, attach the last chain close to the first chain and weave in ends (this creates a loop to hang your Potholder Mitt from).
In this next photo it shows one of the 24 stitches that will be picked up (the stitches that are waiting on the waste yarn):
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k2, p2 across
Repeat Row 3 until mitt is 9" long
- with RS of work facing you, bind off loosely in pattern. Leave a long tail to seam side of mitt down. Once seaming is completed, weave in any ends that you need to & enjoy your new potholder mitt.