Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2020

Daisy Potholder

I guess I have more potholders (or coasters or doilies) than anyone actually needs. But I think they are a great project for trying out new knitting techniques or to knit motifs.
Here is the pattern for a circular potholder with a flower motif – an idea that I had for quite a while.
Since this is a three colour intarsia project with three colours that also uses short rows, it can be quite fiddly. If you've never done intarsia and/or short rows before, this wouldn't be the pattern to start - sorry.
It is definitely NOT a beginner pattern.

The pattern PDF is available via

The document is 11 pages long and contains:
  • written row-by-row instructions for knitting this piece – including four photos of the different stages 
  • pattern chart
  • short photo tutorials for the following techniques
    • provisional CO with a crochet hook and how to undo it
    • short rows with wrap and turn and picking up the wraps 
    • intarsia knitting 
    • weaving in yarn while carrying it (backwards and forwards)
    • grafting in garter stitch
  • photo tutorials and step-by-step explanations of
    • undoing the provisional CO in this pattern (i.e. catching stitches in different colours)
    • grafting with colour changes
The pattern instructions and the chart comprise only 2 pages - the rest are the technique tutorials and explanations of their specific application for this motif.

To knit this you need the following materials:
  • Cotton yarn in three colors – I knitted these potholders in Aran and DK weight yarn
    • for Aran, I used a total of 50 grams
    • for DK weight, I used a total of 25 grams
  • knitting needles – straight or circulars: I used 3mm needles for Aran weight yarn and 2.5mm needles for DK weight yarn, i.e. smaller than the yarn usually requires because I wanted a firm texture. 
  • scrap yarn and a crochet hook (about the same size as your knitting needles) for the provisional CO - I used a 3mm crochet hook
  • two tapestry needles for grafting and to weave in ends

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