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This old pot holder…

schnitzel | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

Hi all!
My Swedish grandmother made this pot holder at least 50 years ago.
It has two layers, chain stitched together and it’s only 1/8-inch thick.
I really love it, but the poor thing is starting to fall apart.
Would like to make a few of these, but will need some instructions.
Appreciate any help I can get.




  1. Jean | | #1

    Hi Schnitz.  Do you crochet at all? It looks to me like it would be fairly easy to copy from the pad itself. Are the 2 layers connected anywhere besides around the edge?

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      schnitzel | | #2

      Hi Jean,I haven't crocheted much, can knit some. My mom taught me but it's been a few years (17!) since I've knit anything and I'm just a tad rusty.

      The two layers are connected only at the edge. And there's no bone ring in the loop, it's all cotton thread.Actually, I could skip the loop.

      So you think this will be fairly easy to copy? That would be encouraging.

      After Googling for hours, found one that was sort of close.

      What do you think?

      1. Jean | | #3

        I think that's it. The only difference is that the stripes were placed differently. Good show. I copied it off for future reference. Thanks.

        Do you use it as a potholder or a hot pad or both?

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          schnitzel | | #5

          Oooo, good! I'll give it a try, thanks! I use it mostly as a pot holder/grabbing hot lids, etc.It's thin, but quite effective. 

          Will let you know how this works out.

  2. kai230 | | #4

    Lovely! I wish I hadn't used some I inherited from my seamstress TX Grandmother. She was a major crochet whiz, but I was a bad student. Because they were so thin, I tended to use them as hotpads. Way too much trouble to have to grab 2-3 potholders when in a hurry. 

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      schnitzel | | #6

      Hi Kai!I know what you mean and I wouldn't use this pot holder alone when grabbing my big cast iron skillet out of a 500° oven. ;·)My grandmother always had some needlework project she'd be working on. She started to teach me simple stuff like cross-stitch on a tablecloth. She taught me how to make bread too. But I was barely a teen when she passed away and would have liked much more time with her. <sigh>

      1. kai230 | | #7

        Ah yes. Grandparents should have an unlimited life expectancy. I can chain stitch w/my eyes closed, tho :-)

      2. sanderson | | #9

        My grandmother watched as I showed her, proudly, that I'd learned how to crochet.  She was one of those who made bedspreads and tablecloths with hooks so fine I'd hold it up to the light to see which side the hook was on.  She watched me awhile and then said as sweetly as she could, "That's not a shovel you're holding, dear." 

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          schnitzel | | #11

          "That's not a shovel you're holding, dear." 

          Oh, Sanderson, that's too funny.My grandmother's English was often mixed with Swedish. And as I recall, she giggled a lot, she just found me so amusing. It's probably for the best that I didn't know what she was really thinking. lol  

          1. kai230 | | #12

            Oh my, I hadn't thought of this in years, but Grandma's strongest word was "Pshaw"!

          2. rjf | | #14

            Grandmother stories are wonderful.  My grandmother would play dominoes by the hour with me and she would chop green pepper into tiny pieces to mix with mayonnaise for a sandwich.  But I'm still feeling remorse because once when I stayed with her while my parents were away, she let me get away with staying home from school for four days to read "Gone With the Wind".  I really took advantage but never again.  She used to make undershorts for my father from the chickenfeed bags.  They were his favorite kind.  She made me smocked dotted swiss dresses and felt circle skirts.  I still have a needlepoint pillow and footstool she made.....and her waffle iron.  Another thing she gave me was the ability to find 4-leaf clovers and the little brown jug she kept them in.  I wonder if she ever wondered if she was doing it right.        rjf

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            schnitzel | | #16

            Grandmother stories are wonderful. Absolutely, so many nice memories.My grandmother loved doing complicated jigsaw puzzles.

            She used to make undershorts for my father from the chickenfeed bags. Oh, my, isn't that resourceful. I'm trying to imagine this because the chicken feed we get now comes in double-layer paper bags. Oh, well.

          4. rjf | | #21

            "Oh, my, isn't that resourceful. I'm trying to imagine this because the chicken feed we get now comes in double-layer paper bags."

            So many things today are disposable, I suppose chickenfeed shorts have joined the parade.                                rjf 

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            schnitzel | | #17

            Grandma's strongest word was "Pshaw"! Too funny, Kai.

            I hadn't thought of this in years but neither one of my grandmothers ever drove.And I wonder if they had, the word "Pshaw!" may have have been replaced with something a bit stronger. ;·)

  3. jscraphappy | | #8

    just a thought have you tried ww.sewing about com. they have a great crochet site with patterns for alsorts of things.June

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      schnitzel | | #10

      I'll check this site out, thank you!Need lots of visual stuff as I'm learning this all over again.

  4. ElonaM | | #13

    Here is a similar pattern. The site where I found it has tons of hotpad patterns!


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      schnitzel | | #15

      Thank you, yes, I found this one too but wasn't sure about the waffle stitch.I'd like to try some different patterns anyway...it'll be a good learning experience.Going to a fabric store today for supplies and any guidance they can offer. ;·)

  5. twosprings | | #18

    this site is new to me so if i am a tad behind, s'cuse moi. i have a copy of

    "The Complete Book of Crochet" by Elizabeth L. Mathieson, Copyright 1946. there is a very similar potholder with the loop added. i am a computer novice, as in, i haven't had an electric can opener for very long, so i do not have a clue as to how to get these instructions to you. i do not have a printer or a camera, and right now wouldn't know what to do if i did..... can i send them to someone at "gatherings group"?

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      schnitzel | | #19

      Hi twosprings,

      That is very nice of you. I was planning to check the library for books on crocheting, so I'll see if a copy of this book is available there...or somewhere in CT. Sounds like something I should be looking at, thanks for the tip!

      1. jscraphappy | | #20

        no grandmother story except she died aged 101 just 4yrs ago (& I loved her)she never knitted/sewed worked until she 83yrs. lived on her own until she was 97 then my Mother had her put into a home (against my wishes) Nan was bored to death.Talking about crocheting my m-i-l taught me how to crochet,but she used the finest hooks.tiny things they are, she did some really lovely work,also have her"Learn to Crochet Coats Sewing Book "no.1065 price 2/- with directions for left-handed workers.It has some smashing stuff in it.I am only a basic crochet.(knitting holes my dh calls it)June

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