Monday, July 18, 2011

Super Easy Oven Pad by Glory Lennon

Updated 4/19/16

It is with great pleasure that I welcome my friend and colleague, Glory Lennon, to share her crochet pattern for granny square pot holders with us. You can save money, recycle and entertain yourself all at the same time, by following Glory’s simple instructions. Breathe life into those old pot holders and use up those limited scraps of yarn. It’s time to make oven pads, folks, and Glory’s pattern is sure to make you want more than just a few.

Try a super easy granny square and make something useful for the kitchen at the same time. Hot-pad made with left over yarn and an old, worn pot holder comes in handy. Place a hot-from-the- oven casserole dish on this and you’ll save your table top from scorching.

This crocheted granny square hot-pad took but a leisurely hour to complete and nary a penny to make. I used leftover bits of yarn (my favorite) and an old worn (and quite ugly, if truth be told) potholder. As you can see, I used several colors of yarn, but this can very easily be made with only one color yarn. Shall I show you how to make your own crocheted Granny square hot-pad? Let’s go!

What you’ll need:

Crochet hook size f, g or h

3-4 oz worsted weight yarn, mix and match colors as you like

1 Old worn potholder

Granny Square Instructions (make 2):

Step 1: Chain 3

Step 2: Join to first chain with slip stitch to form loop

Step 3: Chain 3 (this counts as the first double crochet )

Step 4: 2 more double crochet in loop, chain 2.

Step 5: 3 double crochet, chain 2.

Step 6: Repeat step 5, twice, join. Round #1 complete. You should have 4 clusters of 3 double crochets. (At the end of each row you may change to another color yarn if you wish)

Step 7: Chain 3, in same space, make 2 double crochet, chain 1.

Step 8: In next chain 2 space make 3 double crochet, chain 2, and make 3 more double crochet in the same space, chain 1. This will form the corner of the square.

Step 9: Repeat step 8, twice. Chain 1.

Step 10: Make 3 double crochet in beginning space, chain 2, join. Round 2 complete.

Step 11: Chain 3, 2 double crochet in same space, chain 1.

Step 12: Make 3 double crochet in next chain1 space, chain 1.

Step 13: In corner space make 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 1.

Step 14: Repeat steps 12 & 13, twice.

Step 15: Finish up the round with 3 double crochet in beginning space, chain2 and join. Round #3 complete.

Step 16: Continue in this pattern making 3 double crochets in each chain 1 space and (3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet) in each chain2 corner space, until you reach the size desired. This would be just slightly larger than the potholder to be inserted, approximately 6 rounds.

Assemble Your Pot Holder:
1. Once you have both granny squares completed, place them wrong sides together and slip stitch on 3 sides.

2. Insert potholder and slip stitch the rest of the way. Fasten off.

Once you master the Granny square the world of crochet is opened to you. You can make all sorts of things with this simple granny square. Like what? Make 4-6 granny squares and slip stitch them together to form a table runner or place mats. Make a granny square and continue in the pattern adding several more rows; before you know it, you’ll have a baby blanket or afghan. Make several dozen separate granny squares in a few contrasting colors and slip stitch them together to make a colorful rainbow throw. Shawls, table toppers, sweaters and winter scarves can all be made with granny squares. Only your imagination is the limit.

Try the hot-pad first since that’s a rather useful thing to have in the kitchen. If you get really good at it, you’ll have another easy to make, frugal, homemade gift to give. What fun!

Glory Lennon learned crocheting from her mother who used to spend countless hours making intricate doilies, lovely table clothes and heirloom quality bedspreads. Glory still recalls with fondness all the wearable items her mother used to crochet for her. Now her mother’s arthritic hands won’t allow such work and Glory is the one crocheting for her mom.

Glory has written lots of articles and even a serial novel on the web. You’re sure to enjoy these sites filled with gardening tips, entertaining stories and wonderful advice.

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Glory's Garden
Glory's Green Thumb Articles
Violet's in Bloom 

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