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Home : Patterns : Heart Potholder

Free Knitting Pattern: Heart Potholder

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton
Pattern #: BK4K-0602001
Diagonal knitting and garter stitch is used to create this simple cheerful potholder.
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
8.5 in tall x 9.5 in wide [approximately 21.5 cm x 24 cm]

PUBLISHED IN:  By Kids, For Kids

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This sturdy heart-shaped pot holder can also be used as a hotpad on your Valentine's day table or in your country kitchen!
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*Lion® Cotton (Article #760). 100% Cotton; package size: Solids: 5 oz./140g; 236yd/212m balls
Multi: 4 oz/113g; 189 yd/170m balls.

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Heart Potholder

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton


12 sts x 22 rows (11 ridges) = 4 in [10 cm] in garter stitch When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Potholder is worked with 3 strands of yarn held together throughout. To use one ball, re-roll yarn into three separate balls. (If you hare making more than one potholder, you may find it easier to use three balls of Lion Cotton and eliminate the need for re-rolling.) Two balls will make at least 3 potholders.

With three strands of yarn held together, cast on 1 stitch.
Row 1 K
Row 2 Knit in front and back of both stitches. You now have 2 stitches on your needle!

Note: Knitting twice into a stitch (once in front and once in back) of a stitch is a way to do an increase.

  • Knit into the front loop of the next stitch on your left-hand needle as you would normally, pull the loop of the new stitch through but don't remove the stitch from the left needle.
  • Then knit into the back loop of the same stitch so you have two stitches.
  • Finally, slide the original stitch off the left needle.

Row 3 K
Row 4 Knit in front and back of first stitch, knit to last stitch, knit in front and back of last stitch. You now have 4 stitches on your needle!
Rows 5-28 Odd numbered Rows, knit
Rows 5-28 Even-numbered rows rep row 4. On rows 28, there are 28 stitches on the needle
Rows 29-35 K
Row 36 Slip one stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over. This is a decrease and is abbreviated 'sl1, k1, psso'. Knit to the end of the row -- you now have 27 stitches on your needle.
Row 37 Rep row 36 -- 26 sts
Row 38 sl1, k1, psso, K until there are 12 stitches on your needle. Slide these stitches onto a stitch holder.

Knit the remaining 13 stitches.
Row 39-43 sl1, k1, psso, K to end of row. On row 43, you'll have 8 stitches. Bind off, weave in the end of the yarn.

Slide the 12 stitches that are on the holder onto your needle.
Row 39 K (12 sts)
sl1, k1, psso, K to end of row. On row 43, you'll have 8 stitches. Bind off, weave in the ends of the yarn.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
Kfb = knit in front and back of st psso = pass slipped stitch over
sl = slip st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.4 (based on 8 reviews)
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A few suggestions Reviewed by Susan Smith on 2012-09-23 *****
At the top of the heart, reduce down to 6 stitches instead of 8. Also, on the binding off row, continue the pattern of S1, k1, psso before binding off the rest of the row for a more rounded look.
Three balls of lion cotton will make 4 potholders.
PS I also made this with camoflauge variegated yarn for a hunter and he just loved it!

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