If one wished to crochet a hotpad out of wool instead of knitting one (I like to use Tunisian crochet to make them nice and thick), would one post their 10x10” square in this BB, since it’s a hotpad, or in the “crochet a dish cloth” BB, since they’ve crocheted it (albeit out of wool rather than cotton)?
Since I don't have wool yarn available, I made this hot pad with wool knit fabric. I cut the black wool knit into strips and redyed the fabric yarns. The yarns were bulky so it was pretty fast to knit the 10 by 10 square. The hot pad is also very thick, about 2 cm in thickness and works pretty well insulating heat.
For this BB, I knitted my hotpad with some bulky handspun I made a long time ago.
I've not done a lot of felting so it was interesting to me that the length and width ended up different measurements. I'm okay with that, and it gives me important information for another hotpad. I'll make the length about an inch shorter next time.
One thing you can do when felting something that's getting too short in one direction, is to get it wet with hot water and stretch it longer that way. You can also roll it like you'd roll dough to make a breadstick (or playdough when making snakes ), and this kind of helps stretch it out more in that direction.
But, even with those tricks, I still often get my potholders turning out shorter than I wanted!
Nicole, thanks for the tips! I'll give stretching a try. I also liked what you did with yours, making it extra long and folding it over to double it. I almost did that, but thought I'd try for the square first! :)
Here is my submission for the Textile - Sand - Knit a Hotpad BB.
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- Post a picture of your wool cotton yarn and needles or crochet hooks
- Post a picture of your hot pad in progress
- Post a picture of your completed hot pad
- Unfelted, it should measure about 10 by 10 inches
This is a cotton hot pad using the Tree of Life Potholder Pattern which recommends cotton. Earlier in this thread, there has been conversation in which Paul said that cotton could be used but would need an insulative layer. The technique used for this pattern is called double knitting and you make two layers of fabric as you knit across each row. In a conversation I had with Paul during BB20, he asked if I would be comfortable using this hot pad to remove a cast iron pan from the oven and my answer is, "yes."
Please consider my hotpad submission for this BB.
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