Crochet Club: kitchen essentials
Kate Eastwood’s kitchen essentials are perfect for your kitchen, or a make-ahead Christmas gift!
Whether you fancy either adding these to your own kitchen or starting on your Christmas make list, these matching pot holders and edged tea towels will certainly brighten up all those mundane, day to day chores.
Both the pot holders and the edgings are made using 100% cotton yarn and are fully washable.
For mine I used Schoeller and Stahl Record 210 and worked with a 4mm hook: for the pot holders I used 1 x ball each of Royal 082 and Natur 080, and for the tea towels I also used 1 x ball of Royal 082 and 1 x Natur 080. I’ve used UK terminology, but if you’d like to convert to US terms, you can use our handy conversion table.
To make the pot holders:
Begin by making a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring. Sl St to join, Chain 1 and then work 2 DC in to each stitch from round 1, 12 sts. Sl St to join and Ch 1.
Round 2: Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then 3 DC in to the next stitch. *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then work 3DC all in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * twice more, work 1 DC in to the next stitch and then Sl St to join. Ch 1. 20 sts.
Round 3: Work 1 DC in to each of the next two stitches and then 3 DC in to the next stitch. *Work 1 DC into each of the next 4 stitches and then work 3DC into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * twice more, work 1 DC in to each of the next two stitches and then Sl St to join. Ch 1. 28 sts.
Rounds 4 to 12: Continue as for rounds 2 and 3, adding 2 DC to the straight row section of each side. Your stitch count will increase by 8 for each round. At the end of round 12, finish off and sew in the ends.
Round 13: Join in your second colour yarn at one of the corners and work along the first edge in DC. At the corner stitch work 3 DC in to the same stitch and after the third stitch work a chain of 20. Sl st the end of the chain back in to the first of your corner stitches and then work back along the chain in DC, anti clockwise, create a stronger loop. Rejoin your yarn back to the edge of the pot holder and continue on around with your DC border, remembering to work 3 DC in to each corner. Sl St to join, finish off and sew in ends.
For my second pot holder I worked a slightly larger square by working more rounds.
To make the tea towel edging:
Begin by using a large needle and some of your yarn to work a row of blanket stitch along each edge of your tea towel. Finish off and sew in your ends.
With right side facing rejoin your yarn and work a row of DC along the blanket stitch. I found that 2 DC fitted well in to each blanket stitch space, but this will vary depending on how big/small you choose to work your blanket stitch.
At the end of the row chain 1 and turn. You now have the wrong side facing you.
Begin by working a Sl St in to the first stitch. You are going to work your first bobble into the next stitch as follows: Work 3 TR all in to the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each TR on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops. Sl St in to the next st.
Sl St in to the next stitch and then repeat your bobble in the following stitch. Repeat the pattern of a bobble followed by 2 Sl St all the way to the end of the row, finish off and sew in the ends.
Repeat the same edging along the bottom of the tea towel.
Schoeller und Stahl Record 210 comes in 17 fabulous shades so you can match your pot holders and tea towel edgings to your kitchen!
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