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Home : Patterns : Spool-Knit Shamrock Hot Pad

Free Knitting Pattern: Spool-Knit Shamrock Hot Pad

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Pattern #: 60074
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
Approximately 5 inches [12.5 cm] across

PUBLISHED IN:  By Kids, For Kids

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This shamrock table mat, perfect for your St. Patrick's Day table, is made without needles by using a spool knitter (superknitter). See our instructions on how to make a spool knitter and how to use a spool knitter. Even very young children can use this simple tool.
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*Lion® Cotton (Article #760). 100% Cotton; package size: Solids: 5 oz./140g; 236yd/212m balls
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Spool-Knit Shamrock Hot Pad

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton


Exact gauge is not essential to this project.


Cord for Hot Pad is worked with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout; gauge is not critical.

With 2 strands held together (use both ends of skein) and leaving 16” tails at both ends, make a 24 in [61 cm] cord. Cut yarn and fasten off. Make another cord 44 in [112 cm] long, leaving 20 in [50 cm] tails at both ends.

Fold the longer piece in half and mark center with scrap yarn. Thread a tail onto the needle. Coil the cord and sew in place. Stop coiling when you reach the marker and secure the sewing yarn.

Remove the yarn marker

Hint: If you run out of yarn to sew with, make the knot in a place where it will be in the middle of the coil and no one will know!

Starting at the other end, coil and sew in the opposite direction. When you are done, the piece will look rather like the character 'S', coiled tightly. Note that there is a loose end of yarn in the center of each coil Do not remove these -- they will be needed later in the project!
Coil and sew the remaining cord until the coil is as large as the other ones. There will be some extra which will become the stem of our shamrock.
Sew the coils together to form the shamrock. Thread the remaining yarn onto the needle and sew from the center of the coil, through the coil to the edge of the shamrock. Turn the needle and sew back into the center. Pull the yarn tight to form the 'dimple' in the middle of each of the leaves. Tie off the yarn.

Trim all ends.


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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 4 reviews)
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Spool-Knit Shamrock Hot Pad Reviewed by janet harris on 2014-07-15 ****
I made this for an i-cord class, insead of spool knitting. It was fast easy mindless knitting great for car knitting. Nest time will make it larger. There is no way to have four leaves and a stem without MUCH more sewing.

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