Here’s a nice mix of crochet & knit patterns for pot holders and hot pads that I’ve gathered from my bookmarks and found online (all free of course!). If you’re looking for some to sew, you’ll find a bunch here. To keep things organized, I’ve separated them into two sections for easy browsing plus added a few vintage goodies at the bottom, enjoy!
Rose Ripple: The center resembles a wide rose in full bloom (or could be a carnation, marigold, peony, chrysanthemum). Examples at the bottom of the page for different color combos.
Vintage Bloomers: Finished size measures about 8″ wide and 6″ long, skill level marked as “Easy”.
Stir Me Up: Colorful & spiral, these are double thick and double sided.
Chrysanthemum: This one’s based on a vintage design.
Colorful Rings: These can be made as colorful as you like!
Vintage Rose: Based on a vintage design, this features a scalloped edge with a pretty rose center.
Patchwork: Square in seed stitch then covered with batting and finish with patchwork.
Ridge: (Scroll down page to find it)
Spotted Trivet: A modern design that doubles as a trivet, can be felted. Worked on straight needles (US #13).
For sewing projects, see this big list here.
*First published October 30, 2011 and moved to this page for better organization
Oh I had fun whipping these up! If you like kitschy kitchen stuff, you’ll want to tuck this into your files…they’re surprisingly easy and quick.
They measure a generous 9″ wide and 7 3/4″ tall (widest points, excluding handles) and are a double layer for extra protection (two pieces each and sewn together). You can line them with extra padding if you wish (I didn’t). The teacup handle functions as its hanger.
(made with dishcloth cotton yarn)
- Starting at bottom with 1st color, ch 14.
- 1st row: H dc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in same ch, sc in each ch across, in last ch make sc and h dc (14 sts). Ch 3, turn.
- 2nd, 3rd and 4th rows: In first st make h dc and sc; sc in each st across, making sc, h dc and dc in last st or turning ch, as the case may be. Ch 3, turn. At the end of the 4th row, ch 1 (instead of ch 3), turn.
- 5th row: 2 sc in 1st st, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 5th row until there are 37 sts on row. Work straight for 5 rows. Fasten off. Attach 2nd color. Ch 3, turn.
- 1st row: 2 dc in same place where 2nd color was attached (half shell), * skip 2 sts, sc in next st, skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next st (shell). Repeat from * across, ending with 3 dc in last st (half shell). Ch 1, turn.
- 2nd row: Sc in 1st dc, * shell in next sc, sc in center st of next shell. Repeat from * across, ending with sc in top st of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.
- 3rd row: Half shell in sc, * sc in center st of next shell, shell in next sc. Repeat from * across, ending with half shell. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows again. Fasten off 2nd color. Attach 1st color, ch 2, turn.
- Next row: Work sc in each dc and h dc in each sc across (37 sts). Ch 1, turn.
- Following row: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat last row 2 times. Fasten off.
- Embroider lazy daisy flowers on edges of border (I just did three petals in the example pieces). Work another piece same as this.
- With 1st color ch 6.
- 1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (5 sts). Ch 1, turn.
- 2nd row: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until piece measures 6″. Fasten off. Fold in half and whip long edges together.
Place padding between two pieces (optional). Pin ends of handle in place and whip edges together neatly, using self colors.
Work another the same as this, reversing colors.
Source: This is based on a vintage design from 1943 that was designed to use crochet thread, I’ve made some tweaks so that it will work with today’s cotton yarn.
Update: Whoops! I didn’t note the hook size…I’m sure I used an “H” 5.00 mm but it may have been a “G” 4.00 mm since I have both hooks in that project bag (was intending on starting another set). I’m sorry I missed that, I’ll be more careful to note the hook size in the future!
These were previously published on separate pages here on Tipnut (January 4, 2008 and March 14, 2008) and moved to this page for better organization.
Do you love kitschy kitchen items? Retro kitchen accessories? Then you’ll love these projects, I believe they’re from the 1940s (1944). They were very creative back in the day ;).
For the first set, I thought it was depicting a sugar bowl and creamer, but I’m leaning more now toward a teapot and a sugar bowl? Not sure, but it’s quite a charming set that has a very retro feel to it. The teapot (or creamer) has a clock face and the sugar bowl has a cartoon expression.
You can download the pdf here: Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set.
The printout text be a bit too small for some of you to read, you can adjust this by zooming in on the pdf or scanning a larger copy for yourself. I did the best I could with the print quality and I’m able to read it myself, but I can see the text size & clarity being a problem for some.
The recipe on the page is the following:
1 bunch of parsley
2 tsp flour
1 TBS water
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
- Wash parsley and break into small sprigs and put in ice water to crisp. Separate egg; to the beaten yolk, add flour, water, and seasonings, and beat until thoroughly mixed. Then fold in egg whites beaten stiff. Dip the parsley sprigs into this batter and fry in deep fat at 390°F until golden brown. Drain and serve hot. This is a tempting garnish for meats.
For the next one, I did a better job this time with the print quality and compiling the information (I hope!). This is a set of three designs, but with a unique twist–they also have appliquéd fruit on top. There are no patterns for the fruit items, they are to be your own design. But I’ve included a large picture on the download file of the finished items so you can get a better idea of what they look like.
The download file is in pdf, here: Set of Three. There’s one per page.
If you’d like to try the recipe included, here it is:
Iced Fruit Soup
1 cup orange juice
1 cup canned pineapple juice
3/4 cup grapefruit juice
1 TBS arrowroot or cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar
2 inch piece cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
- Add cloves and cinnamon to orange and grapefruit juices. Let stand several hours or overnight in a cool place. Bring pineapple juice to boiling point. Cook 3 minutes, add sugar, salt, and fruit juices. Strain, pack in ice and salt, or in drawer of refrigerator until very cold. Serves 4 or 6.
These come from a booklet published by the American Thread Company. You’re welcome to share the files if you like, I just ask that you keep the Tipnut information intact, thank you :).