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heather_dw
05-06-2010, 08:31 PM
I can't even make this simple potholder (http://theboringknitter.com/?page_id=30) turn out right. If I put 3 sc in the last sc on EVERY round, it just mainly makes a flat piece with no triangular point like in the pictures. If I don't 3sc, the whole thing comes out lopsided.

I'm sure I'm just overlooking something simple, but what am I doing wrong?

:shrug:

blueygh2
05-07-2010, 07:38 AM
If I get it right, you put 3 sc in the first and last sc of the starting chain, then you just sc into every sc.

catlvr
05-07-2010, 09:33 AM
You put 3 sc in the second ch from hook, then sc in all the other chains, put 3 sc in last ch. Then you sc in each ch on the opposite side (your chains that you originally chained to begin the potholder). Does that make any sense??

MGM
05-07-2010, 11:41 PM
I was intrigued by this pattern so I had to give it a try to see where the difficulty might be. What a fun little project!

If you are still having trouble with it, and you would like to actually SEE how it's done, I would be happy to do a video showing this project from beginning to end and post it on my website. It would be just like the one I did for the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth (http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2009/02/tunisian-short-row-dishcloth-video.html) a while back. You would be able to watch the video while stitching along.

Let me know if you think that would be helpful to you.

MGM

OffJumpsJack
05-09-2010, 12:15 AM
I can't even make this simple potholder (http://theboringknitter.com/?page_id=30) turn out right. If I put 3 sc in the last sc on EVERY round, it just mainly makes a flat piece with no triangular point like in the pictures. If I don't 3sc, the whole thing comes out lopsided.

I'm sure I'm just overlooking something simple, but what am I doing wrong?

:shrug:

You only increase, once at each end of the chain on the first round only. The increases are to give two nice little corners on your "pocket."

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Now you continue sc in each chain of your starting chain in the loops you didn't work on the first pass (across the front). One round completed (no join, just continue working into the next SC even if it is a little higher or above the round you just finished. This will smooth out into a coil or spiral round.

If you start with chain 33, then you will have 66 sts in each round. I've made a few.
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I have also knit this same pattern instead of crochet:
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KnitPrincess
05-11-2010, 05:20 PM
I think I may give this a try ! . Good luck with yours, I hope it turns out nicely:).

melmac51
05-18-2010, 04:58 PM
You only increase, once at each end of the chain on the first round only. The increases are to give two nice little corners on your "pocket."

54435
Now you continue sc in each chain of your starting chain in the loops you didn't work on the first pass (across the front). One round completed (no join, just continue working into the next SC even if it is a little higher or above the round you just finished. This will smooth out into a coil or spiral round.

If you start with chain 33, then you will have 66 sts in each round. I've made a few.
54436

I have also knit this same pattern instead of crochet:
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I KNEW that looked familiar! :thumbsup:

MGM
05-18-2010, 09:45 PM
I did a video tutorial for this crocheted pattern if you'd like to SEE it done! Sometimes that helps.

You can find it HERE (http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2010/05/crocheted-cotton-hotpadpotholder-video.html).

Warning: making these can become an addiction! :wink:

MGM

etoilechaude
05-18-2010, 11:47 PM
I have to say I was never interested in making potholders until I saw the videos... now... I just have to concur my fear of 'sewing' things together!

MGM
05-19-2010, 01:06 PM
I have to say I was never interested in making potholders until I saw the videos... now... I just have to concur my fear of 'sewing' things together!

You can do it! I know you can! Just get a blunt needle with a large eye and do exactly what you see me do in the video! Then post a picture here cuz I know your potholder will turn out GREAT!

MGM

blueygh2
05-19-2010, 01:11 PM
Oh someone else who doesn't like sewing things together! :D

luvmeowers
05-19-2010, 03:30 PM
Would you mind posting or emailing me the knit pattern? I'm not a corcheter - yet> :)

OffJumpsJack
05-19-2010, 11:35 PM
If I get it right, you put 3 sc in the first and last sc of the starting chain, then you just sc into every sc.

You put 3 sc in the second ch from hook, then sc in all the other chains, put 3 sc in last ch. Then you sc in each ch on the opposite side (your chains that you originally chained to begin the potholder). Does that make any sense??

I KNEW that looked familiar! :thumbsup:

I did a video tutorial for this crocheted pattern if you'd like to SEE it done! Sometimes that helps.

You can find it HERE (http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2010/05/crocheted-cotton-hotpadpotholder-video.html).

Warning: making these can become an addiction! :wink:

MGM

Heather, how are you doing on your pot holder? :waving:

Each of the above responses are correct and Mary Grace's two part video is excellent. I even picked up a couple tips I'll be using on my next double thick, diagonal stitched potholder. :thumbsup:

Melmac and luvmeowers, yes I did convert the pattern to knit. I started with a provisional cast on an then continued in the round. I finished with grafting (or kitchener) stitch to close the opposite side. I even made a post somewhere on this forum with more details (though I am not sure it qualifies as a fully written pattern.) Jack's Magic (Diagonally Knit, Square) Potholder (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1260065&postcount=29)

As far as I know, I am the only one who knits these. I've only ever seen crochet patterns for them.

Evan and Blueygh2, you could use a simple slip stitch to join the finish seam. I did that with one of my black and gold striped potholders. I turned it inside out so the slip stitch ridge was on the inside. When I had an inch or so (2 or 3 cm) left open I turned it back RS out and whipped the last bit closed.

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In this drawing I made, the ovals are the chain stitches an the X's are the single crochet sts.

:guyknitting: Now I'm irresistibly drawn to start another potholder. Maybe I should take some video of how I crochet or knit mine. :think:

etoilechaude
05-21-2010, 01:44 AM
All done! (I know it's white and boring hehe)
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k110/kaddytwink/Droid%20Pix/th_5de75b45.jpg (http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k110/kaddytwink/Droid%20Pix/?action=view&current=5de75b45.jpg)

melmac51
05-21-2010, 08:41 AM
No Evan, it's "simply elegant" and "elegantly simple".

MGM
05-21-2010, 08:25 PM
Fabulous! Nice job, Evan! Do you like it? Did you enjoy making it? If so, then it's a success!

MGM

etoilechaude
05-21-2010, 11:59 PM
I love it! I'm going to wind some of my cone into a skein and dye it to make a few more. I could have never gotten so many potholders at the store for the price I paid for the cheapo cone of yarn :o)

MGM
05-22-2010, 12:31 PM
I was thinking of doing the same thing! I got quite a lot of 4 ounce balls of white cotton on a really great sale at Joann's so I thought I would try dying it with kool-aid. I saw how to do that somewhere online and haven't yet tried it.

MGM

blueygh2
05-22-2010, 04:53 PM
I'm left with some stray balls of yarn, so I thought of making some potholders as well. And Mister E, your's looks lovely!
Simple and clean, elegant.

knitrageous
05-22-2010, 05:07 PM
Interesting. I've made a ton of these and never did the increase. I was taught to just crochet around and around the chain. It always worked. I'll try it with the increase to see what the difference is.