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knithappens
12-13-2009, 12:35 PM
Red Heart Eco-Cotton:
75% recycled cotton
25% acrylic

I love it for the color red it comes in - exactly the shade I wanted - but, I'm concerned if it will be safe to use with heat. Especially because I'm giving them as a gift... I'd hate to be responsible for a kitchen fire!!! :shock:

Jan in CA
12-13-2009, 12:55 PM
I know some people use cotton, but personally I would only use wool. If it did catch on fire wool will self extinguish when removed from the flame, whereas other yarns usually won't. Acrylic can melt at high heats, too.

suzeeq
12-13-2009, 01:41 PM
It would be okay if it's knit densely. I have some acrylic potholders and they only melt if they're on the burner or flame, not from handling hot dishes.

knithappens
12-13-2009, 02:19 PM
Thanks for the replies. I triple the yarn and decided to only use 1 strand of the eco cotton, and then 2 strands 100% cotton.
I've always been pleased with using cotton, but will have to give wool a try. Thanks again!

sandy57th
12-13-2009, 06:49 PM
I would urge using only wool. It's the one yarn that, as Jan pointed out, will put itself out. Things happen in the kitchen we never intend and if by accident, the pot holder gets close to the flame, you could have a real problem with other fibers. Flame is not really where you want to take chances.

OffJumpsJack
12-14-2009, 12:30 PM
Hey, I've used 100% acrylic yarn for potholders for years.

I switched over to cotton for a better feel.

All my potholders were two layers thick. My worry is that the cotton will get wet and conduct the heat, but I think any fiber can do that.

I know cotton does not burn well by itself, it does smolder but can easily be extinguished by running under water in the sink. Cotton is the fiber used in candle wicks, it wicks the wax to burn but is itself slow to burn.

Cotton, acrylic or blends are easily washed and dried without shrinkage.

I've never used wool for pot holders.

GinnyG
12-14-2009, 01:17 PM
Interesting difference of opinion. I would NEVER use yarn with any acrylic for pot holders, it transmits heat and can melt and burn. I would use cotton if it is very dense and double thickness.

I have made lots of felted wool pot holders and in my opinion they are the safest.

sandy57th
12-14-2009, 03:05 PM
Keep in mind that the military will only accept 100% wool helmet liners and the like because of flammability issues.

meowmeowmeow
12-14-2009, 06:23 PM
Why stop at wool?


From now on only Kevlar should be acceptable.

suzeeq
12-14-2009, 06:53 PM
Interesting difference of opinion. I would NEVER use yarn with any acrylic for pot holders, it transmits heat and can melt and burn.

It melts only if it's in direct contact with the source of the heat; a flame or hot element. The heat of ordinary dishes, pots, etc, even when taken out of a 450 degree oven is not hot enough to melt acrylic. I've used acrylic and cotton hotpads for years and have yet to melt one through regular use; they do only if thrown onto a hot burner or get too near the flame of a gas burner.

LizzieK8
12-15-2009, 08:02 AM
I just don't find acrylic to be protective enough, even at double thickness compared to double cotton or fulled wool.

sandy57th
12-15-2009, 10:13 PM
I don't think many people throw potholders at the stove. Dropping them is a whole other issue. . .:)

suzeeq
12-15-2009, 11:46 PM
Well, dropping by accident yeah. Sometimes you kind of throw them down though....

OffJumpsJack
12-16-2009, 11:08 AM
I don't think many people throw potholders at the stove. Dropping them is a whole other issue. . .:)

Some of us have children in the home. Potholders do get thrown in my home.