Montag, 17. August 2020

Seven Petals Potholder

After finishing my Daisy Potholders I wanted to knit a flower with a petal contour - and so I started experimenting - and surprisingly enough, it worked.
So, here is the pattern for a flower-shaped potholder, hotpad or coaster. It starts with a provisional CO, is knitted in short row wedges and finished with grafting in garter stitch.
Since this is an intarsia project with three colours that also uses short rows, it can be quite fiddly. It is NOT a beginner pattern.

The pattern is available 

The pattern PDF is 12 pages long and contains
  • written row-by-row instructions for knitting this piece – including four photos of the different stages 
  • a pattern chart of one wedge
  • short photo tutorials for the following techniques
    • provisional CO with a crochet hook and how to undo it
    • grafting in garter stitch
    • short rows with wrap and turn and picking up the wraps 
    • intarsia knitting 
    • weaving in yarn while carrying it (backwards and forwards)
  • photo tutorials and step-by-step explanations of
  • undoing the provisional CO in this pattern (i.e. catching stitches in different colours)
  • grafting this piece – with a decrease and colour changes
Of the 12 pages, the pattern instructions and chart comprise only 3 pages - the rest are the technique tutorials and explanations of their specific application for this motif.

Since it's an intarsia pattern, it looks OK from WS as well (see picture below).

To knit one of these pieces you need the following materials
  • Cotton yarn in three colors – I knitted these potholders in Aran and Sports weight yarn
    • for Aran, I used a total of 30 grams
    • for Sports weight, I used a total of 20 grams
  • knitting needles – straight or circulars: I used 3mm needles for Aran weight yarn and 2.5mm needles for Sports weight yarn, i.e. smaller than the yarn usually requires because I wanted a firm texture. 
  • scrap yarn and a crochet hook (about 3mm) for the provisional CO
  • two tapestry needles for grafting and to weave in ends
The pieces I knitted measure 16 cm to 22 cm in diameter - depending on the yarn weight I used.

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