I’ve always loved potholder patterns. There are so many cute, silly and fun patterns available. I have a lot of crocheted potholders. They were my first crochet projects. It was a great way to perfect my tension. But because they were so simple, they are plain and not at all exciting and are showing some wear. I’ve had them for about 10 years now. So when I heard about a potholder swap, I was super excited.
I’ve never participated in any swaps before and have always been curious about them. I’ve learned that you make the item then mail it along with return postage to whomever the organizer of the swap may be. She (or he) sorts them all and mails you an item made by another person. For this swap we are each making three potholders of the same pattern. The colors can vary but the pattern is to be consistent. Then, we will receive back three potholders made by three different people! I think it will be awesome to see the work of others.
I had a heck of a time deciding on which pattern to use. I was tempted to go whimsical. Many of my bib patterns could easily be converted to potholders and I was really leaning toward making three pigs (three little pigs, get it?) But then I saw this Granny Stitch Potholder pattern by Recycle Cindy. I thought it was adorable and genius in its simplicity. And I’m really into grannies lately as I’m working on three different pattern designs that incorporate granny squares. So, the combination of this cute potholder pattern with my quest to work from stash and I quickly became hooked (sorry, no pun intended).
So far I’ve completed one potholder. Each one is using up a lot of scraps, which is great but results in a ton of ends to weave in. My goal is to get them in the mail this weekend. I have a lot of weaving and crocheting to do to in order to finish!
Are you interested in participating? Check out the Ravelry group here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/2016-potholder-swap