Saturday, September 14, 2013

FO: The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever

When you set out to knit the prettiest hot pad ever, that's kind of a lot of pressure.  I mean - what if you finish and it's just not pretty enough??  Well, luckily, I don't have to answer that question because mine came out super pretty!!  Check it out:
This baby is double-knit so it's reversible with the pattern appearing in the inverse on each side. In addition to this being a gorgeous design feature, it's actually quite a clever way to design a hot pad because you have two layers of fabric, making it thick enough to withstand the heat!  Neato!

(obligatory action shot)

yarn details
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Peapod and Celestial
dye lots 44526 and 42013
100% Peruvian Highland Wool
hand wash, dry flat
50 g / 110 yds @ $2.49 per ball

project details
pattern: The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever (TPHPE) by Heather Zoppetti, available as a free Ravelry download.
needles: size 5 straights
gauge: 19 st x 21 rows over 4''
yarn used: apprx 36 yards of each color (about a third of each ball)
finished size: 8'' wide x 7'' tall
duration: August 17, 2013 - September 7, 2013

  • I did not follow the pattern instructions for creating the selvage edge; instead I followed the directions given by Alsadair Post Quinn in his Craftsy course Adventures in Double Knitting - I knit the first pair regularly, then the last pair I slip both stitches.  (It's slightly more complicated than that, but, that's the gist of it...)
  • I'm giving this as a gift to my grandmother, so, in retrospect, I probably should have knit it out of superwash wool, which is a good rule of thumb for all gift-knits.  Alas, I didn't think of that when I ordered the yarn.  Let's just cross our fingers and hope she doesn't accidentally felt it!

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