Mittwoch, 2. Januar 2019

Hanabi Potholder

Quite often my knitting ideas just do not work out the way they were planned - usually they are then frogged and started again in a slightly different manner - or abandoned completely :) But just once in a blue moon something - even though it did not go to plan - turns out to look just lovely.
And that's what happened with this piece. I had planned to knit a potholder with a star with 6 points ... or 8 points at most. But due to an error, I ended up with slimmer points than planned. Plus the points did not look as I had planned.
However, I continued knitting it and I grew to like it. So it was finished and here is the pattern for it. As with many of my small potholders it is started with a provisional cast-on, constructed with short rows and intarsia and finished by grafting in garter stitch.
The piece can be used as a potholder, washcloth or coaster.

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  • about 40 grams of Aran weight yarn in 2 colors - I used dark blue as color 1 (C1) and light yellow as color 2 (C2)
  • 3mm kntting needles
  • scrap yarn and a crochet hook for provisional cast on
  • a tapestry needle for grafting and to weave in ends

Techniques and Abbreviations
  • Intarsia: Changing colors with the intarsia technique - as shown in this YouTube video by knitwithpat; or this YouTube video by Francoise Danoy. That way you don't have to carry long strands on the WS. The picture below shows the RS and WS of the piece.
    Throughout the pattern, the following notation will be used: "C1 (k2); C2 (k3, w&t, k3); C1 (k2)" means "knit 2 sts with C1; change to C2 and knit 3 sts with C2, wrap and turn, knit another 3 sts with C2, then change back to C1 and knit 2 sts with it". I.e. color is indicated before the knitting instructions for that yarn. the knitting instructions for that yarn are given in brackets after the color and color changes are indicated by a semicolon.
  • Provisional CO: My favorite method for a provision CO is the crochet provisional CO - it is shown in this Youtube video by New Stitch a Day.
  • Short rows with wrap and turn (w&t) - as shown in this YouTube video by Very Pink Knits.
  • Grafting in Garter Stitch: A technique to get an invisible (knitted) seam - this technique is shown in this YouTube Video by


The piece is started with a provisional CO, knitted in 10 wedges of short rows to complete a circle and then finished by grafting.

With scrap yarn do a provisional CO of 21 sts and knit row 0
Row 0 (WS): C2 (k7); C1 (k14)
Ridge 1 (RS/WS): C1 (k12); C2 (k6, w&t, k6); C1 (k12)
Ridge 2 (RS/WS): C1 (k10); C2 (k5, w&t, k5); C1 (k10)
Ridge 3 (RS/WS): C1 (k8); C2 (k4, w&t, k4); C1 (k8)
Ridge 4 (RS/WS): C1 (k6); C2 (k3, w&t, k3); C1 (k6)
Ridge 5 (RS/WS): C1 (k4); C2 (k2, w&t, k2); C1 (k4)
Ridge 6 (RS/WS): C1 (k3); C2 (w&t); C1 (k3)
Ridge 7 (RS/WS): C1 (k2); C2 (k16, w&t, k16); C1 (k2)
Ridge 8 = Ridge 6
Ridge 9 = Ridge 5
Ridge 10 = Ridge 4
Ridge 11 = Ridge 3
Ridge 12 = Ridge 2
Ridge 13 = Ridge 1
Ridge 14 (RS/WS): C1 (k14); C2 (k7, turn, k7); C1 (k14)

Repeat ridges 1 to 14 8 more times.
Then knit rigdes 1 to 13.
Cut yarns but leave tails long enough for grafting.

Graft 14 sts in C1 and 7 sts in C2.
Use the C2 tail to close the hole in the middle of the piece.
Weave in ends.


In addition to the written instructions above, here's also a chart that shows how one wedge is knitted.
The number written in blue is the number of stitches with skein a of C1, the number written in black is the number of stitches knitted with C2.

Chart - click to enlarge

Here with my current favorite Oat Cookies - here's a link to the recipe (in German)

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